This event is part of Sydney Lunar Festival.

Sydney Lunar Festival: Lantern Artist Talk

Designers of the giant zodiac lanterns chat to the Sydney Lunar Festival curator

Produced by the City of Sydney

The spectacular Sydney Lunar Festival runs from 25 January to 9 February 2020.

During the festival, the city is alive with giant illuminated Chinese zodiac animal lanterns. 2020 is the Year of the Rat, and we’ll be talking about all things light at the library.

Join Sydney Lunar Festival lantern designers, Claudia Chan Shaw, Nancy Liang and Fiona Lu in conversation with festival curator, Valerie Khoo. Backlit with story, we’ll delve into a discussion about how these lanterns came to be.

Valerie Khoo
Valerie is a visual artist and designer. Valerie has been a finalist in numerous art prizes and also mentors creatives in their career journey. A former magazine editor, she is passionate about fusing storytelling with art and is also CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre.

Claudia Chan Shaw (Rat lantern)
You might recognise Claudia from her stint as a host of the ABC TV show Collectors. A custodian of Chinese culture, Claudia is also an author, artist, and curator. Commanding the crowd as a public speaker, MC and lecturer, Claudia wears many professional hats

Nancy Liang and Fiona Lu (Rabbit lantern)
Fiona is an interdisciplinary artist that explores the ‘in-between’ of Chinese and Australian culture through her art practice, while Nancy is primarily a collage artist who uses uses drawing, paper cutouts and animation to explore Australian urban landscapes. Collaborating together, both Australian born Chinese artists integrate their Chinese cultural experiences of growing up in Sydney. They explore icons of childhood nostalgia through re-imagined forms that spring to life.

This free event will attract a large audience – bookings are recommended.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.



Thursday 6 February 2020 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm


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