Moran Arts Foundation’s JUNIPER HALL
250 Oxford Street Paddington 2021 NSW

5 February – 27 February 2022
Thursday – Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


The Chinese proverb, First, I saw the mountains in the painting; then I saw the painting in the mountains, attests to the transformative power of art to shape our perceptions of the world to create a shared vision. It is a shared vision that shapes this exhibition, which brings together the best of Eastern and Western watercolour.

It was in 2012 that David van Nunen, President of the Australian Watercolour Institute, and Professor Chin-Lung Huang, former President of the Taiwan International Watercolor Society, jointly curated Tradition and Transformation: Taiwan-Australia International Watercolour Exhibition. That major collaborative exhibition was shown to acclaim in Taichung City, Taiwan, before opening at Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, on 1 December 2012, where it attracted the largest opening attendance ever at that museum and an unprecedented number of visitors throughout the duration of its showing.

The continuing cultural cooperation with Taiwan, which began over a decade ago, has engendered this major corollary exhibition, comprising 132 participating artists, that was again jointly curated by David van Nunen, President of the Australian Watercolour Institute, and Professor Chin-Lung Huang, President of the Taiwan Watercolor Association. Previouslyshown at the Dadun Cultural Center, Taichung, Taiwan, from 30 May to 17 June 2020, its scheduled Sydney showing in 2021 was twice deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Represented in this exhibition are 60 AWI members, 60 TWA members and 8 international guest artists, from Scotland, England, Italy, Japan, Belgium, Sweden and the USA, as well as 3 Australian AWI guest artists. By showcasing such a diversity of watercolour techniques by acknowledged contemporary masters of the medium, Tradition and Transformation 2: Taiwan Australia International Watercolour Exhibition and the accompanying book format catalogue demonstrate how the tradition of Chinese painting has informed Western contemporary art and, conversely, how Western art has transformed the tradition of Chinese painting.

Founded in 1923, the Australian Watercolour Institute is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious watercolour society with both a national and international membership comprised of some of the most celebrated artists in Australia, England, Scotland, China and America.

For more than 50 years, the Taiwan Watercolor Association, currently under the Presidency of Professor Chin-Lung Huang, has been crucial to the development of watercolour painting as an important and popular professional practice in Taiwanese contemporary art.


All visitors to Juniper Hall aged 16 and over must be fully vaccinated. Upon arrival, visitors must check in with the Service NSW QR Code and show staff their COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate or Vaccination Status Immunisation History statement via the MyGov, Express Plus Medicare or Service NSW app. All visitors under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or carer from their household who is fully vaccinated. Masks are required at all times inside Juniper Hall (except for children under 12). Social distancing of 1.5m must be maintained. Capacity limits apply.

We thank you in advance for your compliance with the measures that have been implemented to ensure the safety of visitors to Juniper Hall.

The Australian Watercolour Institute gratefully acknowledges the generous sponsorship of Winsor & Newton, the world’s premier professional watercolour paints, which are used and endorsed by AWI members.

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