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Sydney Lunar Festival: Lantern artist talk

Designers of the giant zodiac lanterns chat to Sydney Lunar festival curator.

Produced by the City of Sydney

The spectacular Sydney Lunar Festival runs from 1 to 10 February 2019. During the festival, the city is alive with giant illuminated Chinese zodiac animal lanterns. 2019 is the Year of the Pig, and we’ll be talking about all things light at the library.

Join Sydney Lunar Festival lantern designers, Louise Zhang and Laurens Tan 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.

Louise Zhang (Monkey lantern)
Louise is a Chinese-Australian artist who has developed a cult following for her paintings, sculptures and installations. Her works mash together references as diverse as horror films and Chinese mythology, all articulated in the artist’s signature sugary palette. The seductive relationship between attraction and repulsion is key in Louise’s practice. She has become known for work which is both beautiful and strange, monstrous and cute.

Laurens Tan (Ox lantern)
Laurens is an Australian sculptor and interdisciplinary artist working across art, design and music. Born in Holland with Fujian Chinese ancestry, his family migrated to Australia in 1962. Laurens’ sculpture and 3D animation connect contemporary form with customs and heritage. His long running projects in Las Vegas and Beijing see him living and working between his 3 studios in Australia, China and the US.

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

This event will be Auslan interpreted.



Thursday 7 February 2019 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm


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