Australia China Art Foundation (ACAF), a nonprofit art organization, was founded in 2012 in Melbourne Australia by art collector and supporter Yashian Schauble.
ACAF’s remit is to build cultural bridges and generate a vital network of creative exchanges between countries. ACAF's dedication to the promotion of Australian and Chinese contemporary art has led to a range of reciprocal cross-cultural engagements globally. It has encouraged transnational collaboration, and helped build relationships between artists, curators, collectors, and art institutions.
In the past decade, ACAF has created many projects within its own exhibition space and studio bases in Melbourne, Shanghai and Beijing as well as collaborations projects with other organizations in various countries. It covers artist residency program, art therapy and education workshops for disadvantaged children (Arts Can Do), artist talks, public exhibitions and commission work for artists. Arts Can Do program has provided life changing experience through art to children with learning disability and social disadvantages. Since 2012, ACAF’s International Residency Program in Shanghai and Beijing has supported many artists from Australia, China and other countries with fully funded accommodation, studio space and other support.
From 2024 ACAF launches Yarra Caves art retreat in the Yarra Valley. Yarra Caves sits on a 20 hectares of farmland of historic and artistic significancy in Yarra Glen on the Yarra River, with purpose-built house gallery, exclusive studios and accommodations for artist in residency. It also features ACAF founder Yashian Schauble’s outstanding private collection of international art, and an extensive Zen Garden designed by the award-winning Singaporean landscape architecture studio, Salad Dressing Landscape.
Yashian views ACAF @ Yarra Caves in Melbourne as an incubator for ideas and creativity, providing a nurturing environment for artistic growth and experimentation. It offers the residency artists a quiet retreat in which to conduct their research and studio work, while offering quick access to cosmopolitan Melbourne and engaging with vast art communities in the valley and in Melbourne. Yarra Geln is in a walking distance with all services, restaurants, cafes and supermarket.
ACAF @ Yarra Caves International Artist Residency Program with its innovative residency program creates unique opportunities for artists and encourages local audiences to engage deeply with the artists’ ideas, subject
Yashian Schauble, born in Shanghai, is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and supporter of the arts. She is the founder & chair of the Australia China Art Foundation (ACAF).
Yashian holds a BA in Engineering (University of Shanghai for Science and Technology), and a Master of Engineering Science (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia).
She has over 30 years experience in the field of international business, working between China, Australia and other countries with agricultural products as well as fashion, design and the arts.
Yashian is a dedicated patron of many arts organisations including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Monash University Museum of Art and the Museum of Australian Photography.
A passionate, long-term art collector, Yashian understands the power of cultural diplomacy and the importance of supporting arts communities both at home and abroad. In 2012 she established the Australia China Art Foundation (ACAF) in Melbourne. ACAF's mission is to promote cross-cultural understanding, generate a vital network of creative exchanges and build a reciprocal awareness of the different cultures and values of Australia, China and beyond.
ACAF’s International Artist Residency Program in China has supported many artists from Australia, China and other regions with fully funded accommodation, studio space and other assistance.
Yashian views her new venture, ACAF @ Yarra Cave in Melbourne as an incubator for ideas and creativity, providing a nurturing environment for artists to explore, experiment and discover. A key aspect of the Yarra Cave program will be the development of innovative public and educational programs that connect artists with local creative industries and audiences.