Public Programs

Fried Dim Sims and Other Traits

From lemon chicken to fried dim sims, Australian-Chinese food has become an integral staple of Australian cuisine.

Join artists Siying Zhou, Jason Phu and Nikki Lam in a casual Sunday lunch at one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in Footscray, as they discuss regional food cultures, debate family recipes and share how food both connects their histories and plays an important role in diasporic cultures.

Sunday 24 November, 11.30am – 12.30pm

  • Location: Poon’s Restaurant, 275 Barkly Street, Footscray
  • Price: $15 including lunch. Please email any specific dietary requirements to 

Image credit: Siying Zhou, We are here for your happiness (2019), Installation view at Those Monuments Don’t Know Us, Bundoora Homestead.

Image courtesy of the artist, photography by Janelle Low. 

Drawing yourself as a bottle of sauce

A self-portraiture calligraphy class with Jason Phu, taking inspiration from Vietnamese sauces and condiments. Using ink, brush and paper, you will get a taste of Jason Phu’s multidisciplinary practice.

Jason Phu is an artist that brings together a wide range of, sometimes contradictory, references from traditional ink paintings and calligraphy to mass-produced objects, everyday vernacular to official records, personal narratives to historical events. Working across drawing, installation, painting and performance, the artist frequently uses humour as a device to explore experiences of cultural dislocation. In 2018 he showed in the Dobell Drawing Biennale at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Burrangong Affray at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Primavera 2018 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Presented by Due West Arts Festival, The SUBSTATION and
Hyphenated Projects.

Tuesday, 19 November, 7pm

  • Location: MakersWindow, 311 Barkly Street, Footscray
  • Price: $10. Tickets on sale Monday 11 November.
  • Access: This venue is wheelchair accessible. Regrettably, there is not a wheelchair accessible bathroom.

The Don of Trugo

For the special occasion of the event, Meet The Cloggers, Yarraville’s gem, the Sun Theatre will host a screening of rare local film, The Don of Trugo. The Don of Trugo is a fictional, witty little 20 minute film, set in the streets of Footscray and at the Yarraville Trugo Club, and made in 2002 by a student at the Victorian College of the Arts, School of Film and Television, David Pritchard. It stars Reg Gorman as the Yarraville Trugo Team captain, struggling for players. He then recruits an odd group to take on the evil and arrogant Newport, led by John Flaus, for the honour of owning the title; The Don of Trugo.

  • WHEN: 1:30pm, Sunday 24 November
  • WHERE: The Lyric Cinema at the Sun Theatre, Yarraville
  • ACCESS: This event is wheelchair accessible.

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