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KEJIA – Australia China Alumni Award for the Arts and Creative Industries

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KEJIA – Australia China Alumni Award for the Arts and Creative Industries

This award recognises alumni who have achieved excellence in the Arts and Creative sectors and/or whose efforts promote the understanding and value of artistic and creative endeavours. 

It seeks to recognize creativity and success in one or more of a variety of fields, including art and design, architecture, fashion design, literature, music, performing arts, advertising, publishing and the creative media.

A nominee should have a demonstrated ability to use their creative skills in new and innovative ways, perhaps by working across creative mediums, combining or introducing new concepts into the field, and/or introducing creative concepts into new/unique markets.

Dr Bifei Cao

ANU

Ms Dandan Niu

QLD College of Art

Mr David Quah

Griffith

Mr Jinhan He

UQ

Mr Laurens Tan

UTS

Dr Leo Yeung

UniSA

Mr Tony Ip

QUT

Dr Yi Ji

UTS

To view the finalists of other categories, please click HERE.

 

Dr Bifei Cao
    Associate Professor, School of Art and Design, Guangdong University of Technology
    Australian National University Alumnus
    Guangzhou Based

B.A & M.A. – China, MFA – USA, and PhD – Australia. 2017 PhD from the Australian National University, Australia, titled “Building Contemporary Personal Narrative through Interpretation of Traditional Chinese Visual Culture” Including an exchange program to the Netherlands.

2018 Artist in Residence and two solo exhibitions at Te Auaha Gallery and AVID gallery, Wellington, NZ

2018 Winner of the Art Jewellery Forum Artist Award (one of two prestige awards in Art Jewellery field). The first Chinese artist to receive this award

2018 Awarded the first Pearl River Young Scholar from China for research and contributions to contemporary jewellery

2017 Participated in the New Jewellery from China exhibition at Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, Australia

2013-2017 Worked as a cultural ambassador through leading education groups, curating exhibitions, sharing artistic practices and hosting jewellery workshops in both Australia and China. I contributed to social justice/education through both artistic making and volunteer work including USA, Australia and China.

2017 Received the 2017 China National Arts Fund for my artistic work and research.

2016 Participated in The Other Mountain-Contemporary Jewellery from China exhibition in the National Centre for Craft & Design, UK.

2015 Exhibited in the Florence Jewellery Week, the theme was “Connecting Worlds: Identity/Culture”.

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Ms Catherine (Dandan) Niu
    General Manager, Beijing Top Distinctive Art Creation
    Griffith University Queensland College of Art
    Beijing Based

Catherine Niu graduated from the Griffith University Queensland College of art with master of digital design degree. She has studied and worked in Australia for over ten years and obtain her Australian citizenship. She registered and established Ausasia International Educational and Cultural Exchange Association as the president and the general secretary of the Chinese-NSW Australia Business Council. She is also the founder of the Beijing Top Distinctive Art Creation Co. Ltd., as the general manager. She has engaged in many important art projects between China and Australia. Some of the art projects that she was involved are the Australia Impression Art Exhibition and Auction in Beijing, Blue Fantasy Residency Program in Australia, The New Spirit of Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition in Sydney and Beijing and the Art Wonderland · Mutual Prosperity– Chinese and Australian Contemporary Art Exhibition in Beijing etc. Through the art projects she also helped many Australian and Chinese companies to promote their products and services as well as helping the fundraising for many none profit organizations through charity auctions. She is now teaching graphic design at the Central Academy of Fine Art International Foundation Course.

 

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Mr David Quah
    Artistic Director, Bel Canto Singers Foundation
    Griffith University Alumnus
    Hong Kong Based

Winner of the coveted Marianne Mathy Australian Singing Competition, Malaysian born David Quah made his professional debut singing Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Opera Queensland. He moved to Hong Kong in 2000 and started teaching singing at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

In 2016, David made history in Hong Kong singing Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Timmy Tsang, being the first pair of artists to perform the entire song cycle. The two of them then presented Schubert’s last song cycle Schwanengesang in September this year. Making them the first partnership to perform all 3 of Schubert’s Song-Cycles in Hong Kong.

David is currently Artistic Director of Bel Canto Singers Foundation. His signature “Classical Moments Series” has staged many acclaimed concerts, bringing beautiful “moments” to the Hong Kong audiences with works from the vocal repertoire running the gamut from baroque to the contemporary, classical to jazz, Chinese to western. The most recent “moments” was a “pop-opera” show When Mozart meets Da Ponte which was conceived, scripted and arranged by David himself.

Over the last 12 years, David has also been the producer of many fundraising concerts for charitable organizations such as Lifeline Express and Young Artists Development Foundation.

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Mr Jinhan He
    Project Manager, The Art & Creative Industries Development Centre of Beijing Chao Yang 
    The University of Queensland Alumnus 
    Beijing Based

My commitment to the development of cultural industrial zones, not only improve the regional artistic atmosphere, but also contribute to the revitalization of old industrial resources, and integration of regional environment. Assisted cultural companies to settle in the industrial zone,providing policy consultations for cultural companies in the Chao Yang District. Meanwhile, improving the scale of investment and tax revenue generated by the Arts and Creative Industries with public relations competency. Initiated The National Cultural Industry Innovation Pilot Zone、The National Alliance of Old Factory Co-Development、The guidance funds of Chao Yang district for cultural industries.etc. Organized The National Cultural Industry Innovation Pilot Zone Summit、The China Beijing International Cultural & Creative Industry Expo、The 65th anniversary of National Day Ceremony、The Anti Fascist War Victory 70th Anniversary Parade .etc.

Received The 10th China Beijing International Cultural & Creative Industry Expo Municipal Award、The National Day Ceremony commendation、The Anti Fascist War Victory 70th Anniversary Parade commendation、The 2018 Beijing Cultural & Creative Entrepreneurship Competition Best Organization Award、The Faculty of Business, Economics &Law Dean’s Honour Roll 2012 Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence. Published The Chao Yang District Cultural & Creative Industries Development Report、Creative Chao Yang guide. Furthermore, participated in the production and was interviewed by The Discovery Channel during the making of How China WorksⅡ. Lastly, I have also engage in entrepreneurship in the field of culture and education since college years, was running a corporation with an operating assets of 100 million RMB.

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Mr Laurens Tan
    Visual Artist and Designer
    University of Technology, Sydney Alumnus
    Beijing Based

‘The Architecture of Risk’ (2006) was my doctoral thesis set in Las Vegas and has continued to guide my work since. I moved to Beijing that year to live and work. My art and design practice was reshuffled, but fortunately the process of coming to terms with the culture, language and heritage has led to a new attitude and development between form and symbol.

Since 2012, I also base myself in Las Vegas where I first found intrigue in the importance of the visual in the culture and identity of place.

Beijing and Las Vegas are very different cities but my interest is in how these urban centers deal with transitions that put their respective heritage and customs in a fragile state. I live and work as a local in both centers.

Last month I was invited to exhibit my new prototype and digital design in the First Ulaan Baatar International Art Festival.

Laurens Tan (1950 in Hague, Holland) of Chinese parents, lives and works in Beijing, Las Vegas and Sydney.

His work links sculpture, architectural & industrial design, 3D animation & video, graphics, music.

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Dr Leo Yeung
    CEO, Cashmere Song Fashion Group
    University of South Australia Alumnus 
    Shenzhen Based

Dr. Yeung studied fashion design and get his Royal Chartered designer from UK in 1986. He has been working as fashion designer for Esprit and the company IPO on 1991.

He furthered his Master degree in Hong Kong, research in China politic and economic after Deng Xiao Ping. After graduated, he started a new fashion retail chain Jeanswest, as Director & GM in China. He built from 3 shops to 777 shops before IPO.

Dr. Yeung finished his Ph.D from University of South Australia in 2005. He found there are mass opportunity on commercial property market in China. He worked as Head of retail in Cushman & Wakefield China, GM of Luneng Group and VP of Blackstone SCPG group before he started his own business.

From 2015, Dr. Yeung built his two companies. The Maisson Commercial property Asset Management company and Cashmere Song fashion brand company.

This year, he was nominated under the Cashmere Song brand. The brand helps to rebuild the shepherd business and create new job opportunity in Inner Mongolia. By introducing eco color design and the brand Cashmere Song is wholesaling to over 500 shops around the world.

Dr. Yeung wishes the Cashmere Song brand can:

·Create job opportunity for shepherd in grassland and no need to move to work and live in city;

·Keep the Inner Mongolian living culture;

·Use Eco color design and avoid pollution to river and grassland;

·Expand the cashmere business and create more opportunity for the shepherd in Inner Mongolia.

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Mr Tony Ip
    Founder & Director, Tony Ip Green Architects 
    Queensland University of Technology Alumnus
    Hong Kong Based

Tony Ip is a community-centric, sustainable design architect and urban designer. Hispassion and contributions to green architecture have been highly recognized by receivingTen Outstanding Young Persons Award 2016, EcoStar Award 2014 and HKIA YoungArchitect Award 2010. His design and research were exhibited and presented in Venice, London, Copenhagen, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China. In 2017, he founded Tony Ip Green Architects Ltd.

Tony received Bachelor of Built Environment on Architectural Studies with distinction at Queensland University of Technology. Having worked in both engineering andarchitectural fields over 15 years, he equipped his interdisciplinary design skills andobtained master degrees in engineering, architecture and urban design from HKU and his fourth master degree in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment from the University of Cambridge. His projects with numerous local and international green building awards include the first Zero Carbon Building in Hong Kong – ZCB and VTC THEi vertical green campus.

Serving community and profession on a voluntary basis, Tony is Vice Chairman of Hong Kong Architecture Centre, Director of YMCA of Hong Kong, School Manager of YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College, HKGBC Green Building Faculty and Vice Chairman of BSL Materials Aspects Expert Panel.

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Dr Yi Ji
    Associate Professor, Guangdong University of Technology
    University of Technology, Sydney Alumnus
    Guangzhou Based

I have been working in area of interactive art and personalized interaction design more than twelve years. In 2015, I obtained my doctorate degree in human computer interaction design at University of Technology Sydney. I have been committed to promoting cultural exchanges and cooperation between China and Australia. I am a board member of Australia China Science and Technology Association committee. In 2014, I was named as 100 Young Innovative Leader of Chinese by the Hong Kong Dragon Foundation. I have many international invention patents and host national research project. One of my projects has been selected in the Australian Millennium Project.  As an international new media artist and curator,  my works have been exhibited in many countries and international conference  including Sydney international design festival top conference SIGGRAPH 2018. Additionally, as an  international curator, I have planned a number of international new media exhibitions, including:  Microsoft Interactive Art Exhibition, OZ CHI multimedia exhibition, Chinese and Western Digital Art dialogue exhibition, and Seventh Space Interactive Art Exhibition.

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To view the finalists of other categories, please click HERE.