Closer Together

‘Closer Together’ reflects on the 25-year cross-cultural relationship between the Hong Kong Art School and RMIT’s School of Art. It is proudly one of the university’s longest running transnational educational partnerships.

The Chinese classic text the ‘Tao Te Ching’ suggests that the world is made up of what we know and what we don’t know, which are ultimately the same. ‘Closer Together’ proposes that togetherness, creative dialogue and art-making can help us understand this – that through these processes we can come to better know the mysteries of the unknown. This exhibition shines a light on 15 artists from the Hong Kong Art School and RMIT community whose works celebrate connectivity and kinship and uncover new knowledge through exchange.

Artists include Kay Mei Ling Beadman, Movana Chen, Ryan Christopher Cheng, Kris Coad, Carolyn Eskdale, Daphne Alexis Ho, Jaffa Lam, Ivy MA King Chu, Sally Mannall, Drew Pettifer, Kate Siu Man Kit, Scotty So, Kwong San Tang, Fiona Wong Lai Ching and June Wong

Curated by Shirky Chan, Rachel Cheung and Tammy Wong Hulbert.

This project has been supported by the Hong Kong Art School (HKAS) and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Sydney (HKETO, Sydney).

Image: Movana Chen, Dreconstructing (detail), 2009, Knitted shredded magazines, 550 x 400 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Flowers Gallery, Hong Kong. Photography by Gyeonggi MoMA, Korea. 



Closer Together Essay

Closer Together reflects upon the intimacy of the cross-cultural relationships developed between the Hong Kong Art School and the RMIT School of…

Event22 Jun 2023

Closer Together Opening celebration

Join us at RMIT Gallery to celebrate the opening of Closer Together, featuring a performance from Scotty So. Scotty So performance 6.15PM Free,…

Event21 Jun 2023

CURATORIAL TALK – Closer Together

Curatorial Talk with Shirky Chan and Tammy Wong Hulbert Wed 21 June, 12:30pm at RMIT Gallery Join Curators Shirky Chan and Tammy…

Movana Chen in the process of making her artwork.

Event22 Jun 2023

TALK: The art of Movana Chen

Join us in the gallery for an intimate talk between Hong-Kong based artist Movana Chen and Closer Together co-curator Shirky Chan. Since…

A photograph of a person taken from above, they are lying on the ground and their eyes are closed.

Event23 Jun 2023

PANEL: Quiet Reflections through Photography

Join us for a conversation about photography, togetherness and reflection, as Daphne Alexis Ho and Drew Pettifer explore their medium and artwork…


Artist Talk: Movana Chen

Since 2004 Chen has been weaving people’s stories through KNITeratue – a genre that involves the deconstruction and reconstruction of meanings and…

A person duplicated with a black background behind them. They are dressed in two different dresses.

Event13 Jul 2023


Join us for a performance followed by an artist talk from Scotty So, who is part of our current exhibition Closer Together at RMIT…

Event26 Jul 2023

PERFORMANCE: The Invisible Child Grows Up

Artist Kay Mei Ling Beadman invites you to The Invisible Child Grows Up, an intersection between performance and discussion. Explore what it…

Event27 Jul 2023

ARTIST ON-SITE: Kay Mei Ling Beadman

Kay Mei Ling Beadman will be at RMIT Gallery from 11am – 5pm on Thursday 27 July creating another version of her…