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Yixuan Ruan – Good fortunes are what we make

  • Date: Saturday 21 Jan
  • Date: Free Community day, Tuesday 17 Jan to 18 February
  • Location: KickArts Contemporary Arts, 96 Abbott Street

Yixuan Ruan Exhibition

Jim Traynor Feature Wall ‘Good fortunes are what we make’ sees Cairns based, Chinese born, artist Yixuan Ruan respond to the Cairns and District Chinese Association Incorporated (CADCAI) collection of Fortune Telling stamps through a series of 9 works on paper. The works reveal the cultural philosophy behind this Chinese New Year tradition, examining the moral values of Courage, Health, Diligence, Family, Love, Modesty, Wealth, Harmony and Happiness that are shared by many. Through this Yixuan highlights the commonalities between cultural traditions that contribute to Australian society.

Fortune telling ceremony

Join artist Yixuan Ruan in participating in a fortune telling ceremony on Saturday the 21st of January, 10-11am at KickArts Contemporary Arts. The ceremony will feature a performance by the Cairns and District Chinese Association Incorporated (CADCAI) Lion Dancers and is held in conjunction with Yixuan’s latest exhibition ‘Good fortunes are what we make’

Art Exhibition

  • Date: Exhibition Opening Night
  • Date: Free Community day, Saturday 20 Jan to 17  February
  • Location: KickArts

An Exhibition by Hayley Gillespie’

Local artists Hayley Gillespie have collaborated on an exhibition that explores the meaning of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. Each zodiac sign represents an animal and each has a special role to play in heralding in the Chinese New Year every 12 years. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey, and throughout the exhibition watch out for cheeky, naughty Monkey God from the 16th century novel, Monkey Journey to the West. Year of the Monkey is a family exhibition that encourages visitors of all ages to learn more about Chinese language and culture.

20 Jan – 17 Feb 2017

The installation includes large canvas paintings, collaborative illustrations and cartoon style narratives which explain the characteristics, coming fortunes, Chinese names and dates of each star sign. An historical element has been compiled by the Cairns and District Chinese Association Inc (CADCAI), which include early images and photos of Chinese New Year celebrations in Cairns in the 19th century. Year of the Monkey is an interactive installation resembling a fantasy living environment, complete with a kitchen, traditional Chinese fireplace, cleaning and cooking implements, and a dress-up box with different costumes for children to wear and “make-believe” in.