A Brush with the Ancient Art of Writing
October has seen the end of a busy period at the University’s Confucius Institute as a special season of Chinese calligraphy, celebrating the ancient art of writing, drew to a close earlier this month.
The calligraphy festival was held to commemorate the launch of the very first Confucius Institute, ten years ago in Seoul, South Korea, and attracted over 300 people to events across the region in the two weeks surrounding Confucius Institute Day on 27th September.
As well as public workshops in Llandudno, Bangor and Caernarfon, and special sessions with the University’s Fine Art Department and Coleg Menai, the Confucius Institute was delighted to host renowned calligraphy expert, Sun He, a Professor in Humanities at Beijing’s China University of Political Science and Law, and a leading light of Chinese culture.
Professor Sun shared her creative expertise through a series of masterclasses, workshops and artist’s talks, and she was joined on the anniversary day itself by leading Welsh calligrapher and craftsman, Ieuan Rees, in a fantastic cross-cultural workshop at Bangor’s Deiniol Shopping Centre Gallery.
“This beautiful, ancient artform is accessible to everyone, and remains a central pillar of Chinese culture and history today…” commented Dr. David Joyner, the Institute’s Director.
“…It has been a real privilege to be able to bring such an exciting festival to north Wales in partnership with our friends at BOCS, Venue Cymru, Galeri and Bangor Arts Initiative.”
Publication date: 28 October 2014