Sai-Wai Foo – at the 16th Festival of Woodcarving and Bamboo, Dongyang

Image above: Sai-Wai Foo  Heartbreaker  2022  hardback book ‘Good Wives’ by Louisa May Alcott, pleated book papers, paper, glue, entomology pins and dyed fresh water pearls  28 x 26 x 4 cm.

Congratulations to Sai-Wai Foo, who has been included as part of the Australasian South Pacific contingent of World Craft Council, who are attending the 16th China Wood Carving and Bamboo Weaving Arts and Craft Expo in Dongyang.

Sai-Wai Foo has constructed a temporary studio in the Asia Pacific Region Craft Master live demonstration area to reveal the materials and techniques typically used in her practice. The Festival runs from 30 June – 2 July 2023.

Sai-Wai Foo creating in her temporary studio in the live demonstration area of the Art and Craft Expo, Dongyang.

Sai-Wai Foo – Group Exhibition with Willoughby City Council, ‘Inner Edge Drifting 邊緣漂泊’

Image above: Inconsequential idol  2022  doll figurine, ceramic bird, pleated book papers, gold leaf, dyed fresh water pearls, glass head pins, brass chain, glue, paint and felt, housed in a glass dome with a matte black metal base  13 x 13 x 11 cm.


Congratulations to Sai-Wai Foo who has been included in the group exhibition Inner Edge Drifting 邊緣漂泊, organised by Willoughby City Council.


Small divinity  2022  figurine, pleated book paper, resin frame, gold leaf, dyed fresh water pearls, entomology pins, brass chain, glass charms, glue, paint, felt, housed in glass dome with matte black metal base  13 x 13 x 11 cm.

Inner Edge Drifting 邊緣漂泊 explores the cultural space experienced by people living in Western cultures (and specifically Australia) who have Asian roots.

“The exhibition examines the nuances of such experiences and the culture of navigating across two or more societies or traditions… What grows out of cultural navigations is unique and expands on, and critiques the set parameters we have applied to cultural identities.”


Inner Edge Drifting 邊緣漂泊 is part of Chatswood’s Year of the Rabbit Festival, the North Shore’s premier Lunar New Year celebrations presented by Willoughby City Council.



Full-page spreads from the Inner Edge Drifting 邊緣漂泊 exhibition invite.



Inner Edge Drifting 邊緣漂泊
Art Space on The Concourse
409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood 2067 NSW
18 January – 12 February 2023



Opening Event: 6 – 8pm, Thursday 19 January 2023
To be opened by Willoughby Mayor, Cr Tanya Taylor, with a Glass Armour performance by NC Qin.


Dreaming of Willows  2023  paper and found objects, housed in glass dome.

Sai-Wai Foo – ‘Have You Eaten?’ at Bendigo Art Gallery

Image above: installation view of ‘Have You Eaten?’, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, 2021. Image by Greg Piper, courtesy of The Australian Ceramics Association.

Sai-Wai Foo will be exhibiting new mixed-media works as part of Have You Eaten? at Bendigo Art Gallery. For this collaborative exhibition, Foo has worked with ceramicist Vipoo Srivilasa to create a series of works celebrating food, friendship, and cultural identity. Delicate, hand-painted porcelain and textile sculptures explore the central place of food in diasporic communities as a source of nourishment, pleasure and connection.

“Food is such a huge part of the migrant experience. As a migrant you are so far from your cultural home. It ties into identity, family, home, and comfort. It’s also about celebration, and caregiving.

That’s how the title of this body of work came about. In Asian culture we don’t ask how you are, we ask you have you eaten? Then we proceed to feed you.” —  Sai-Wai Foo, interview with Bendigo Times.

Australian Galleries is also delighted to announce that Sai-Wai Foo will be showing new work in her first solo exhibition with the gallery, taking place in Melbourne from 25 October – 12 November 2022.

For more information, please email or call 03 9417 4303.

Sai-Wai Foo and Vipoo Srivilasa, “Spring Roll”, “Dumpling”, & “Satay”, textile soft sculptures on hand-painted porcelain vessels, 2020. Photo: Simon Strong.

Have You Eaten?
Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View St, Bendigo VIC 3550
10 September – 13 November 2022

Launch and artist talk with Sai-Wai Foo and Vipoo Srivilasa
3pm, Saturday 10 September 2022.