The Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University and the Australian Centre of Asia-Pacific Art (ACAPA), Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art would like to invite you to a Perspectives:Asia seminar:
‘Advocacy and Asian Art’
Presented by: Dr John Yu AC
Paediatrics and Asian art have been key aspects throughout Dr John Yu’s life. He saw an opportunity to combine these two great passions at the Children's Hospital at Westmead by combining art and the best medical care to create a nurturing and caring environment for young patients and their families. Dr Yu's dedication has not only set new world standards in paediatric care but he has enriched the lives of many Australians, and for this he was honoured as 1996 Australian of the Year. Join us for this special in conversation with Aaron Seeto, QAGOMA’s Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art as Dr Yu shares his experiences on how Asian art has been an effective tool to achieve better understanding and build public advocacy in Australia.
John Yu AC, a retired paediatrician and administrator, was born in Nanking, China, and moved to Australia with his parents when he was 3 years old. Educated in Sydney, from 1961 he worked at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children (now the Children’s Hospital, Westmead), becoming Head of Medicine and serving for nineteen years as its Chief Executive before retiring in 1997. For many years he has chaired and served on diverse bodies related to children’s health, education, medicine and the arts. Chancellor of the University of New South Wales from 2000 to 2005 and Chair of the Australia-China Council from 2000 to 2006, he was a member of the board of trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 1997 to 2006, when he was made a Life Governor of the Gallery, and from 2003 was Chair of VisAsia, promoting appreciation of Asian visual arts and culture. He has published books and many papers on paediatrics, management and decorative arts, and holds several honorary doctorates.
Date: Thursday 1 October, 6:00-7:30pm (doors open at 5:30pm)
Venue: Cinema B, Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, South Bank
Places are limited for this free event, please book early to avoid disappointment. RSVP to Natasha Vary by Monday 28 September 2015 on telephone 07 3735 5322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org