Acme Studios — Guan Wei

Supporting Artists since 1972

Guan Wei

Australia Council for the Arts Residency

Guan Wei has a contemporary artist whose work crosses cultural and political borders, specifically between Australia and Asia. A Chinese national who migrated to Australia in 1989, his practice draws from personal experience of both Chinese and Australian culture, as well as an informed socio-political awareness and knowledge of art history. Guan’s prolific creative output has consistently examined complex social issues, underpinned by humility and a deep respect for humanity. Across painting, sculpture and installation, his work conveys profound stories of loss, migration, identity, and notions of boundaries and place, interweaving an understanding of tradition and the past in the face of overwhelming global change today.

Guan Wei's work has been showcased widely, in solo exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2019; White Box Art Centre, Beijing: ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; He Xiang Ning Art Museum, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, China, 2011; The Enchantment, ARC ONE Gallery, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 2007 as well as in major group exhibitions at Newcastle Art Gallery, Australia, 2019; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2016; University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, 2011; Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai Museum, China, 2010; 10th Havana Biennial, Cuba, 2009. Guan Wei has won many awards, including the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize (2015) Bendigo Art Gallery, Australia, the Sulman Prize (2002) Art Gallery of New South Wales, and was selected for the Clemenger Contemporary Art Award, National Gallery of Victoria (2009).

Australia Council for the Arts

Since 1992, the Australia Council for the Arts has partnered with Acme to provide London work/live residency opportunities for Australian visual artists. These residencies are located at Acme's Fire Station in Poplar, E14. Application and selection is undertaken directly by the Australia Council for the Arts.

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