Chinese and UK culture celebrated in art exhibition

Traditional Chinese brush painting, intricate calligraphy and stunning photography will go on display during a showcase of Chinese and UK culture at the University of Sheffield this week (Wednesday 19 October to Friday 21 October 2016).

A four-day public exhibition, Perspectives: UK-China, will celebrate both China and the UK through the lens of Chinese art, photography and film documentary.

Three Young Uyghur Children by Denzil WatsonThe event in The Diamond highlights the University's ongoing links with China and Chinese culture through research partnerships and cultural studies.

Chinese artist and diplomat Wang Ying will showcase ‘Britain though the eyes of a Chinese artist’ through his traditional Chinese brush paintings that encapsulate the culture and spirit of the UK, while prize-winning pictures collected during a competition by Sheffield Confucius Institute will showcase China through British lenses.

The event also includes a screening of documentary ‘China through your Eyes’, which features British citizens from diverse backgrounds offering their own insightful views of China based on their own experiences in the country.

Dr Sun Dali, Consul General, and Wang Ying, Consul and Head of Education Section, The Consulate General of the PR China in Manchester will attend the launch of the exhibition on Tuesday (18 October 2016).

Castle Howard by WangyingEarlier this year, the University of Sheffield’s Confucius Institute for the promotion of Chinese language and learning was recognised for this commitment and named global Confucius Institute of the Year.

The University of Sheffield was one of the first universities in the UK to host a Confucius Institute, which offers a programme of activities and classes designed to give staff, students and the local community a fascinating insight into Chinese language and culture, as well as offer language courses for businesses that are members of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.

It has also helped organise Chinese business seminars as part of the MADE festival and played a key role with Sheffield City Council and the Doncaster Chamber of Commerce on trade delegations.

The University of Sheffield has been a home for students from China for over 100 years, with the first graduation of a Chinese student from the University in 1906. It is now home to Chinese undergraduate and postgraduate students in all faculties from engineering and medicine to architecture and law.

Visit the Perspectives: UK-China exhibition

You can view the exhibition in The Diamond exhibition space, which is just inside the building's main entrance off Leavygreave Road, from 8am Wednesday 19 October to 3pm Friday 21 October.

This film was shown as part of the exhibition launch. In it British academics, students, business people and leaders describe their own experiences of China.

Icons of Dazu by George Ashley

A garden in Winter by Richard Stobart