For 'The China Project', the Children's Art Centre presents two interactive projects by exhibiting artists Song Dong and William Yang. Both artist projects engage children with the artists' ideas about the written word.
Song Dong's Writing with water encourages children to write or draw their thoughts on large rocks using traditional Chinese calligraphy brushes and water. As a child, Song Dong practised his calligraphy by writing with water on stone because his family could not afford ink and paper. Young visitors are able to watch as their drawings or text slowly evaporates before their eyes.
For Australian–Chinese artist William Yang's project, Australia now, children are invited to connect with his interest in autobiography by drawing their self-portraits, writing stories from their lives and discovering which animal sign they were on the Chinese zodiac.
To assist young visitors to interact with the artist projects, art work labels and instructional sheets are featured throughout the exhibition.