My Chengdu


…is a photographic exhibition which captures the friendly and seemingly carefree nature of people living under the veil of a Communist regime.

Chengdu, the capital of China’s southwest Sichuan Province, boasts a population of over 11 million people. Its history dates back to at least the 4th century B.C, when it served as the capital for the Shu Kingdom. Chengdu’s famed for being the home of the cute giant panda bears and known for its hot and spicy food.

Journalist, Liz Deep-Jones was inspired by the warm character of the locals while filming stories for the SBS Mandarin News & Current Affairs program she was producing. “I was struck by the vitality and friendliness of the people I met. They surprised me with their outgoing nature and curiosity about Australia.”

The vibrant images of this exhibition unearth the heartfelt nature of the people who bring the streets alive with their friendly smiles and happy veneer.

My Chengdu shares the many faces of a people striving to live comfortably under a regime which governs with tight control. It’s a place with a fascinating history, smeared in mystery and mixed with the beat of a thriving modern city.

This photographic exhibition aims to share the warmth of an intriguing race of people living in a harsh reality where freedom is a distant fantasy and democracy a far off dream.


Photographer / Journalist – Liz Deep-Jones

Technical Specialist – Evan Christie

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Simon Chan has established a reputation as a professional gallery director who has helped many aspiring artists by showing them in his Art Atrium Gallery. Mixing exhibitions of established artists with younger artists, he has created a perfect way to promote living artists in difficult times.

Simon has also endeavoured to get prominent figures in the art world to open his exhibitions, which is a good way to publicise and promote younger artists. I commend Simon’s activities, and hope that the artists he has promoted will not forget who first gave them a helping hand. It is the first step up which counts so much in today’s very competitive art world.

Lou Klepac OAM
Art historian, Author, Curator & Publisher

Art Atrium is the invention of Simon Chan, an Architect who has a passion for art, especially indigenous art and architectural drawings. He is one of the few people with the breadth of experience and opportunity to hold such shows at his gallery that demonstrate his discerning eye and appreciation for the unusual and the best of art.

Professor Philip Cox AO
Professor of Architecture UNSW & Founding Partner of Cox Architecture

Simon Chan is a practising architect with a passionate commitment to promoting contemporary art that reflects Australia’s multiculturalism, and in which Australian Indigenous art has an important dynamic presence. In 2009 he founded Art Atrium in Bondi Junction to provide a dedicated space that would allow him to share his artists’ works with audiences, and also to enjoy the physical experience of curating the exhibitions. I have observed the superb way he manages the launch of these events, and I know that all of his artists appreciate the encouragement and advice that he never hesitates to offer.

Dr. Mabel Lee PhD FAHA
Adjunct Professor of Chinese Studies, School of Languages & Culture A18, The University of Sydney

Simon has established an active platform at Art Atrium to encourage cross cultural expression and collaboration among artists from different cultural background. I was honoured to open an exhibition of Chinese Australian women artists, as well as to conduct an Artists in Conversation event when artists directly communicate with art lovers. His passion towards art goes beyond his Gallery, and leads him to generously support art endeavours in public art institutions. He offers guided tours as a Community Ambassador at Art Gallery of NSW, and also serves as a Director on the Board of VisAisa which plays a vital role in promoting Asian art in Australia.

Yin Cao
Curator of Chinese Art at ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

I love the paintings I have bought from Art Atrium - they have really struck a chord. It's also been an absolute pleasure talking with and buying from Simon; it's clear he's in it for the love of the art and that makes the whole experience so much less 'transactional' and more emotional.

Amanda Falconer
Management consultant & business storytelling specialist