Guan Wei Beyond the Horizon

OPENING night Friday 19th july 2013 @ 6pm
On show untill the 12th aug 2013

Despard Gallery are pleased to present to Tasmania,
Internationally renowned Chinese Artist Guan Wei’s first
solo exhibition in our island state.

Beyond the Horizon
Guan Wei
To be opened by
Professor Emeritus AM Geoff Parr
Friday evening July 19th at 6pm.

Guan Wei first came to Tasmania as a result of a meeting
with Professor Emeritus Geoff Parr in Beijing in 1988.

Wei, together with two other early career Chinese
contemporary artists, Ah Xian and Lin Chunyan, came as
artists-in-residence to the University’s Tasmanian School
of Art in 1989. Guan Wei shares his time between Sydney
and Beijing, his distinctive imagery is the best known of the
contemporary Chinese/Australian artists working between
the two cultures. Wei has created major murals in public
buildings around the country, his most recent entitled
‘The Journey to Australia’ is seen by thousands of visitors
every week in the main entry to the MCA from Circular
Quay. A poignant reminder of the current political debate
surrounding the arrival of refugees boats seeking asylum in

“When people ask me where I come from, I quite often
reply ‘I am from Tassie.’ Because, when I arrived in Australia
in 1989, the first place I went to was Tasmania. I stayed for
two years (1989-1991). I love the mountains, the sea and
the people here. I once drove around Tasmania with some
friends. When we arrived on the West Coast of Tasmania, in
the distance, I saw smoke from a bushfire slowly rising up to
the sky. To the left of that smoke, was the vast sea … I was
shocked by this landscape. It seemed as if time had stopped.
I imagined as if I was in ancient times. What a place – it is a
special world … Beyond the Horizon!”

Despard Gallery
15 Castray Esp, Hobart Tasmania
Ph: 03 6223 8266

Guan Wei will take place in the Gallery,
Thursday evening the 18th of July
from 5:30pm, starting at 6pm sharp.

Limited numbers, please contact the gallery to
secure your place. RSVP by July 16
Refreshments provided.
Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery