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14 July 2017

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE) is set to make its international debut thanks to a $10,000 Victorian Government grant which will support a tour of the dual language Chinese Fortunes exhibition to six cities across China.

Maud & Dolly Nomchong with Sydney friends in sulkies on the Bombay Bridge outside Braidwood.

Maud & Dolly Nomchong with Sydney friends in sulkies on the Bombay Bridge outside Braidwood.

A grant issued through Creative Victoria's International Engagement program will support the museum to partner with Federation University and the Australian Embassy in Beijing to tour the exhibition to China between September 2017 and March 2018.

The Chinese Fortunes exhibition, which premiered at MADE in January as part of Chinese New Year celebrations, tells the stories of the early Chinese Australians who immigrated during the gold rush and stayed on to forge their lives and livelihoods in Australia.

The exhibition was created and curated in Ballarat by the MADE team in partnership with numerous community and institutional lenders, and has already been seen by almost 30,000 people.

The Chinese tour itinerary will include stops in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shenzhen and will include opportunities for MADE and Federation University staff to create lasting links with universities and institutions across China.

Building international engagement is a focus of the Victorian Government's $115m Creative State strategy which aims to grow Victoria's creative industries and their economic and social impact.

MADE is also receiving $85,000 a year for the next four years through the Victorian Government's Organisations Investment Program which provides operational funding to key arts and cultural organisations across the state.

Chinese Fortunes is showing at MADE until 16 July.