After visiting loads of studios and shows in Songzhuang, vast galleries east of Beijing,(the wall of one, pictured is huge and known as 'the tummy button') its time for my last breakfast of dumplings and soyabean porridge,then off I go back to London. its been amazing.
memories of the mountains, sketchbook pages. The flags are coming out in Beijing, soon to be national holiday, and I'm packing up to head for Songzhuang.
Today was a day to look at art. After a meeting at the British Council, I went to the Beijing Art Academy with four floors of amazing traditional ink paintings and then I spent the rest of the day in the 798 Art District. Most labels everywhere just in Chinese, hence no idea who made the art on top row below, bottom left is Huang Rui.
Great weekend working in Xie Ke An's studio near Nanning. Incredibly warm water from local streams, then back to the city on Sunday night for teaching in the art college this week.
such a beautiful place. feeling a bit overwhelmed at the prospect of trying to make art here
In the Spring I was invited on a residency to Guangxi Province in south-west China for September.I am really grateful to the Arts Council for backing this adventure and to Guangxi Art Institute for inviting and supporting me.During my three weeks there, I’ll be travelling with a Chinese and Taiwanese artist (and a translator!) into the countryside of Guangxi Province as well as spending time at the Art School of Guangxi Province, giving a presentation on my work and meeting other artists.Time in Beijing will be spent on research and development for my practice, exploring historical and contemporary practice in ink and watercolour on paper and meeting with galleries and artists.I plan to keep a blog while I’m away, Chinese internet allowing!
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