The Hope: From Robe to Riches Art Exhibition uses painting (oil, acrylic, watercolour) drawings, sketches and social media (timelapse YouTube videos)—to tell the story of the Chinese goldminers who arrived in Robe in 1857 and walked to the goldfields of Victoria.

The major goal of the exhibition is to attract art tourism to Ararat City.

The story is based on historical fact. It is fictionalised through the journey of a young girl called MeiLing. The artists involved are: David Chen, Gwen Krumins, Hugh Foster, Clive Sinclair, Norma Sullivan and Joanne Sullivan.

The exhibition will provide important educational content, in a unique format, about this heroic contribution to Australia's early Chinese migration history and will be of interest to:

Local and international tourists (art tourism)
Families of the goldminers
Chinese communities of Australia and China
Students (particularly of Australian History)
Film Makers
Cultural and tourism agencies

This exhibition is brought to you by Stellar Ideas and The Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre in Ararat.


Sun 24 Sep 2017 – Fri 20 Oct 2017. All dates below:

Sun 24 Sep 2017
Mon 25 Sep 2017
Tue 26 Sep 2017
Wed 27 Sep 2017
Sun 01 Oct 2017
Mon 02 Oct 2017
Tue 03 Oct 2017
Wed 04 Oct 2017