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Our Journeys | Our Stories

30 April - 24 July 2022
Main Gallery

Our Journeys | Our Stories explores the Chinese migration history of the Georges River area. Interweaving social and cultural history with the work of contemporary Chinese-Australian artists Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen, Guo Jian, Lindy Lee, Xiao Lu, Jason Phu, and Guan Wei.

This exhibition aims to highlight and celebrate the significance of local Chinese migration from the 19th century through to the 2000s and the ongoing contribution of the Chinese community to the Georges River area.

Exhibition catalogue

Accompanying Our Journeys | Our Stories is an exhibition catalogue, available for purchase from Hurstville Museum & Gallery. The catalogue features essays by Dr Michael Williams (Adjunct Professor Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture, Western Sydney University) and Luise Guest (independent writer & researcher), an overview of select objects featured in the exhibition and artist statements from Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen, Guo Jian, Lindy Lee, Xiao Lu, Jason Phu, and Guan Wei.

To purchase a copy of the catalogue please visit the service desk at Hurstville Museum & Gallery during opening hours. You can also purchase the catalogue online.


Take a walk through the 'Our Journeys | Our Stories' exhibition virtually


Events on offer for this exhibition

Guided tours

Guan Wei OJOS artwork of a Chinese man and a stamped map

Join Hurstville Museum & Gallery staff for a guided tour of the exhibition in English and Chinese.

For more information on each event, use the What's On Event links below:

- Thursday 5 May 2022, 10.30am -11.30am. (Event has passed).
- Monday 6 June 2022, 10.30am -11.30am. (Event has passed).
- Sunday 19 June 2022, 2.30pm -3.30pm. (Event has passed).
- Thursday 7 July 2022, 10.30am -11.30am. (Event has passed).
- Sunday 24 July 2022, 2.30pm - 3.30pm. (Event has passed).

For a private group tour (in English) please contact Hurstville Museum & Gallery to arrange a date and time.

Baby explorers

Laughing baby lying down on a blanket
Join a tour of the current Main Gallery exhibition, Our Journeys | Our Stories , with your little one. 

A special sensory pit of soft and textured materials, interesting sounds, colours and shapes will also be available for your baby to explore. 

For more information on each event, use the What's On Event links below:

- Wednesday 11 May, 10.15am - 11.30am. (Event has passed).
- Wednesday 8 June, 10.15am - 11.30am. (Event has passed).
- Wednesday 29 June, 10.15 am - 11.30am. (Event has passed).

Museum & Gallery open days

Guan Wei OJOS artwork of a Chinese man and a stamped mapJoin us for an open day for the whole family. There will be live performances, craft making, guided tours and storytelling.

Date: Saturday 14 May 2022, 10.00am - 4.00pm. (Event has passed).

Performance by CASS Campsie, Activity Group performing Tai Chi Gong Fu and CASS Hua Kang Activity Thursday Group. Special workshop by St George Community WUSHU Centre. All welcome. Please note, some activities require bookings. 

Date: Saturday 11 June 2022, 10.00am - 4.00pm. (Event has passed).

Performance by CASS Hua Activity Friday Group will perform lion dancing. Special workshop by Lion Dance Kids. All welcome. Please note, some activities require bookings such as the Lion Dancing workshop for kids.

Intergenerational art - seniors and preschoolers

Guan Wei OJOS artwork of a Chinese man and a stamped map

Join the CASS seniors’ group to make a lantern for the Dragon Boat festival, for children aged 3 – 6 years, adults must remain for the duration of the program. 

For more information on each event, use the What's On Event links below:

- Monday 30 May 2022, 10.00am - 11.00am. (Event has passed).

 Drawing workshop with artist Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen 

 Artwork divining Possible Pathways from Cindy Yuen- Zhe Chen
Join Our Journeys | Our Stories artist Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen for a drawing workshop.

- Saturday 9 July 2022, 1.30pm - 3.00pm. For youth aged 12-17 years old. (Event has passed).
- Sunday 16 October 2022, 10.30am - 12.30pm. For families. (Event has passed).
- Sunday 16 October 2022, 1.30pm - 3.00pm. For adults. (Event has passed).

Image: Cindy Yuen- Zhe Chen, Divining Possible Pathways (detail). 

For more information, costs and to book for these events, please click on the direct links to the events in the table. Alternatively, you can visit our What's On events page.

Educational resources

A range of educational experiences have been developed for the Our Journeys | Our Stories exhibition. The resources are designed for Early Childhood to High School educators.

Educators and carers can download these resources to use as a class or for individual students. These resources encourage students to further explore the experiences of Chinese migrants from the 1800s to the present day, particularly focusing on stories from the St George area.

Self-guided tour for pre-schoolers (3-5 years) and children (5+ years)
These tours are designed to allow you and your child to explore the exhibition together. Discover the stories, objects, and artworks of Our Journeys | Our Stories through an interactive trail with your explorer bag.

Primary History education resource 
This educational resource has been developed for Primary School teachers. It follows the story of two Chinese migrants to the St George area through the 1800s to the 1990s. Syllabus link: Stage 3 The Australian Colonies and Australia as a Nation. Stage 5 Depth Study 2: Making a nation and Depth Study 5: Migration experiences. 

Visual Arts education resource 

This resource presents a case study for each artist which includes images and a description of the exhibited work, along with a Q&A with the artist discussing their artmaking practice, methods and materials. Accompanying each artist case study is a series of activities through which students may analyse and interpret works, and apply their understanding to their own artmaking practice. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum and NSW Syllabus outcomes for Visual Arts for years 5-12. Content has been designed with reference to the four frames and the Conceptual Framework.

Hurstville Museum & Gallery would like to thank Heather Davidson, Visual Arts teacher at Macquarie Fields High School, for her guidance and assistance developing these resources.




Image credits: Guan Wei, Georges River, 2021 acrylic on board (detail); Teapot, white china and basket, bamboo/straw c. 1890 - 1920, North Sydney Heritage Centre, Stanton Library Collection.

Our Journeys | Our Stories is supported by the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations, which works to strengthen understanding and engagement between Australia and China, and the NSW Government through Create NSW. 

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