Category Archives: News

Civilised China

Good to see Chinese art getting attention in the BBC series “Civilisations“.

The wonderful Mary Beard viewed the Terracotta Warriors in episode 2, and Simon Schama rhapsodised about landscapes, including the  the turbulent peaks of Wang Meng, in episode 3.  There were good close-ups of the ink work and also some lovely shots of the Yellow Mountains and the Qingbian Mountains.

Calligraphy and Painting warm the Heart – FREE

We are delighted to announce the publication of our new calligraphy book.

example of “how-to” steps for calligraphy

This is a step-by-step guide to writing phrases in running script (xing shu).  The phrases are suitable to put on landscape and flower-and-bird paintings.  We are very grateful to Dr Li Xuzhuang for allowing us to use his elegant calligraphy.

A copy of this book will be free to all members, and will be sent out with the April Newsletter.  SO JOIN NOW TO GET THIS GREAT BENEFIT!

You might also like to know that Dr Li has a short course in running script at Missenden Abbey, 9th & 10th June:


Happy Dog !

This dog needs his fur as he lives in “Little Tibet” in the Himalayan mountains in the north of Yunnan Province.

2018 is an earth dog year.  The earth element is a balance of yin and yang, and is associated with hard-work and stability.  Those born in dog years are apparently faithful in love!

Female Chinese Artists – Now!

From 21 May, Turner Contemporary, Margate, presents exhibitions by Yin Xiuzhen and Duan Jianyu as part of NOW: A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists.

The NOW programme includes exhibitions at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (Manchester), Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (Middlesbrough), Nottingham  Contemporary (Nottingham) and Turner Contemporary (Margate), an artist film series at HOME (Manchester) and a symposium hosted by Tate Research Centre: Asia (London).

The art may not be all traditional CBP, but should give an insight into how modern Chinese women see the world.

Chinese art at British Museum

The Chinese Gallery at the British Museum has reopened, with more and new exhibits.   The BM will  include and rotate different types of objects such as paintings, prints and textiles. The gallery also introduces new research and contemporary objects such as a newly-made lacquer box.  It includes a digital version of the rarely-displayed Admonitions Scroll.

The Chinese Jade gallery has also been refurbished, with some exquisite new items.

Pale green jade bowl, engraved on both the exterior and interior with Chinese characters picked out in gold. Some traces of red ?pigment.

The Percival David collection of Chinese ceramics remains well worth a visit.


Porcelain bowl with incised peony scroll design and a pale greenish-grey celadon glaze.