Oxfordshire Chinese Brush Painting Group
Calendar of Events 2020, including new workshops in the Ashmolean:
- Come along and learn to paint like Chinese artists such as Qi Baishai (1864-1957);
- Learn about the centuries old tradition of Chinese Brush Painting and view some of the wonderful examples of the art in The Ashmolean Museum.
Oxfordshire Chinese Brush Painting Group is holding two new courses in 2020.
The Beginners Introductory Workshop is on Saturday 8th February 2020 from 10.30 to 4.30.
All materials will be provided for the Beginners Session, but you are welcome to bring any Chinese Brush Painting equipment that you already have. There will be an opportunity to buy brushes and paper on the day for those who decide they want to continue. We hope you do!
The cost of this Workshop is £50. Places are limited to a maximum of 12
On Saturday 21st March from 10.30-4.30 there is an Improvers’ Workshop for those who have some knowledge and experience of Chinese Brush Painting and wish to improve their basic skills. We assume that participants will have their own Chinese Brush Painting equipment, although paper will be available to buy at the event. The cost of this Workshop is £45. Places are limited to a maximum of 12 .
The tutor for both these sessions is Jean Turton. Jean is a member of the Chinese Brush Painting Society and a long standing teacher of Chinese Brush Painting. She teaches across the country and has particular experience of teaching beginners.
The Ashmolean has one of the world’s best collections of Chinese Art. Both courses will offer you the opportunity to visit their extensive collection of Chinese painting in Galleries 11,38 and 39.
We advise early booking for both of these Workshops. Please contact Tricia Wormald to book a place via cbpoxon
Exhibition of Japanese prints in Brighton until 12 January 2020.
Woodblock printing probably developed in China – the oldest known printed book is the Diamond Sutra, printed in China in the Tang Dynasty.
Christie’s has, of course, a lot of expertise in art of all kinds, including Chinese. This includes:
Drawing on Nature, exhibition of works by Imperial Japanese artistTaki Katei at Liverpool’s World Museum until 13 April 2020.
Jiushi International Art Center on the Bund in Shanghai has a spacious and elegant exhibition of works by Qi Baishi, China’s most famous modern artist, until 12 Jan 2020
As well as being well known for his paintings, he was also a prolific carver of seals: one of his epithets was “Rich Man of Three Hundred Seals”. He published several books of seals, well before his paintings were published. This exhibition has enlargements of many of his seals on the walls.
After the show you could always nip next door to the Waldorf Astoria for tea and cakes!
Exhibitions at the Museum of East Asian Art:
MEAA has also very kindly put their collection online.
Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang is best-known for his gunpowder explosion events staged in public spaces worldwide and for his firework display for the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. You might remember him in the final episode of Simon Schama’s Civilisations on the BBC in 2018.
See some of his smaller-scale works at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 25 Oct 2019–19 Apr 2020.
The CBPS Calendar for 2020 is now published. Copies can be purchased from CBPS for £5 each, plus p&p.
Asia House & Bagri Foundation sponsor the Asian Literature Festival , September – November 2019, at locations across London.
Includes a talk by Jung Chang on her new biography about the Soong sisters: Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister.
An interesting BBC radio programme on the Soongs is available as a podcast.