Chinese woodblock printing exhibition

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Join Master Wei Lizhong for an exhibition of the ancient art of Chinese Woodblock Printing.

  • From: Tuesday 28 February 2017, 12 am
  • To: Wednesday 1 March 2017, 12 am
  • Location: Old Chemistry Theatre, Arkwright building, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham,

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Event details

NTU is delighted to host an exhibition of China's ancient art of woodblock printing, as part of Global Week 2017, where Master Wei will present some of his and Ten Bamboo Studio's finest work.

Printing is one of China’s four ancient inventions, along with papermaking, gunpowder and the compass. Printing was invented in Sui Dynasty (581 - 618 AD), matured in Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD), introduced into Europe in Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368 AD), and reached its perfection in Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644 AD). It has gone through a few milestone phases from single woodblock printing, to movable type, and to multi-block, multi-colour overprint. The latter was invented by Shizhuzhai (Ten Bamboo Studio), which was founded by Hu Zhengyan in late Ming Dynasty. It was mainly used to create Chinese ink paintings, and was highly regarded as “an art of recreation”, which later deeply influenced the development of Ukiyo-e in Japan. This ancient art was gradually replaced by the western printing technology in the late Qing Dynasty.

Shizhuzhai's (Ten Bamboo Studio) woodblock printing technique has now been listed as a part of UNESCO's National Intangible Cultural Heritage.

This exhibition aims to make a complete and thorough introduction about Shizhuzhai (Ten Bamboo Studio) Woodblock Printing, its art and techniques. This is also a good opportunity to understand the highest level of printing technology of ancient China. There are about 30 pieces of exhibits, including many rare historical archives demonstrating the historic development of this technique, as well as many other representative art works, many of which on public display for the first time.

Exhibition is open from 10 am to 4 pm.

If you would like to see Master Wei working on his artwork, drop in on Tuesday or Wednesday from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm or 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm.

Workshops are running from 4 pm to 7 pm. The workshops are now fully booked, but students and staff are welcome to come and see the printing process in action.

Programme

Exhibition is open from 10 am to 4 pm.

If you would like to see Master Wei working on his artwork, drop in on Tuesday or Wednesday from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm or 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm.

Workshops are running from 4 pm to 7 pm. The workshops are now fully booked, but students and staff are welcome to come and see the printing process in action.

Booking information

These events are free and open for everyone to attend.

Location details

Room/Building:

Old Chemistry Theatre, Arkwright building

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham

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