Artists from Our Chinese Sister City Exhibit

3 December 2009

Artists from one of Wellington's Chinese sister cities, Xiamen, will show their work to Wellingtonians at an exhibition that opens on Friday.

The group includes painters, calligraphers, a sculptor and an installation artist. They have brought some artworks with them and will also exhibit work they have produced during their Wellington visit, which started early this week.

The trip aims to enhance goodwill and understanding between artists in Wellington and Xiamen. The artists will visit local art establishments, hold workshops and work with local artists.

The visit is part of the Wellington Xiamen Association (WXA) exchange programme for artists living in the two cities. The group is here at the invitation of Wellington City Council, Wellington Xiamen Association and Wellington artists.

"I am delighted to welcome this group of eminent artists from Xiamen," said Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast. "Their visit is a fantastic opportunity to help cement ties with our sister city, and to learn more about their unique art."

The artist exchange programme started in 2007 when a delegation of five prominent Xiamen artists visited Wellington to support a WXA art competition for school children. In return, five established Wellington artists visited Xiamen this year for three weeks.

Exhibition details:

Foyer, St James Theatre
Friday 4 - Saturday 12 December
Open to the public