Looks familiar! came to this vast shopping centre to see my work. Discovered it's quite difficult to photograph glass. Feels about as far from the river Thames as could be possible. 


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.

Shaoding is a master of Chinese ink and watercolour and Head of Art at the college. Today I spent the day at his studio. Learnt a lot and drank a lot of very good tea. Then this evening went to watch my very own 'jo lewis' seal being made. 

I've been teaching

Did one workshop in a local primary school- a small class of 52 students! (and there are 7 classes per year) and just finished two days of teaching at the Art College.  Thanks to them both for inviting me and to Jessie for brilliant translating. 

Beijing and Guangxi Province, September 2017

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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