With a strong outreach programme, Bangor University’s Confucius Institute operates not only within university settings, but also in the wider community, using seminar rooms and lecture theatres for our activities as well as classrooms, community halls and outdoor spaces. The Confucius Institute's facilities, unusually located on the ninth floor of Bangor University's 'Chemistry Tower' (Alun Roberts Building), are designed to present an impression of Chinese history and culture and to promote the exchange of culture between China and Wales.
The Institute's unique interpretative spaces attest to the importance of the visual arts, highlighting aspects of both traditional and contemporary Chinese and Welsh culture, and act as a visual aid to build a greater understanding between the cultures of the two countries.
The Two Dragons Pavilion
The Two Dragons Pavilion is a deeply atmospherical space, furnished with impressive hand-painted murals to represent key aspects of Chinese culture and geography: the Guilin Lake and Karst Hills; a traditional Chinese Tea House; the Great Wall and Xi Di Village World Heritage Site.
Prof. Liying Zhang (former Co-Director of the Institute) oversaw the development of the murals in 2014, which were painted by herself together with Coleg Menai students, Stacy Stewart and David Carter.
The Two Dragons Lounge
The Two Dragons Lounge celebrates the unique spirit of Wales, featuring two stunning murals of Welsh landscape from BA Fine Art graduates, Raymond Murphy and Sarah Whiteside.
Together, the murals speak of the power of nature and of our relationship to it. A dramatic interpretation of Anglesey’s South Stack, seen from the sea with its iconic lighthouse, evokes the majesty and dominance of the natural world (Raymond Murphy).
Opposite, a vivid portrayal of Penrhyn Quarry in the 19th Century captures the frenetic activity of the industrial age (Sarah Whiteside); a work inspired by Henry Hawkins’ much earlier painting from 1832.
Corridor of the Chinese Dynasties
The corridor outside these two central rooms displays a historical chart of the Chinese Dynasties from Xia (c.2000BC ) to Qing (1644-1912AD), together with a detailed map of the historical development of Great Wall building in China.