A master in the ancient art of Chinese woodblock printing exhibits his work at NTU

Master Wei Lizhong from Hangzhou, China, led a series of workshop and exhibition as part of Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) Global Week 2017, which celebrates the institution’s rich cultural diversity.

Master Wei Lizhong from Hangzhou, China, led a series of workshop and exhibition as part of Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) Global Week 2017, which celebrates the institution’s rich cultural diversity.

He introduced the ancient art of woodblock printing which dates back to before 220 AD and provided NTU staff and students the opportunity to create unique prints of their own.

Master Wei also exhibited his work from Ten Bamboo Studio (Shizhuzhai), a famous publishing house set up in the early 17th century that produced the earliest multicolour printing book in 1633.

Printing is one of China’s four ancient inventions, along with papermaking, gunpowder and the compass. Ten Bamboo Studio was founded by Hu Zhengyan in the late Ming Dynasty and its woodblock printing technique has now been listed as a part of UNESCO's National Intangible Cultural Heritage.

We asked Master Wei about his experience working with NTU staff, students and alumni, and he told us: “NTU staff are very hard working, enthusiastic and friendly; the students who participated in my workshops were very engaged and had a passion for traditional art. They are talented and picked up new skills very quickly.”

He also commented on his first visit to Nottingham: “It’s my first time visiting Nottingham, and NTU’s staff and students warmly welcomed me from the first day I arrived. Nottingham is one of the cleanest and most beautiful historical and cultural cities I have visited.”

We also spoke to Hua Zhong, Senior Lecturer for Construction Management, who organised the workshops and exhibition. She told us: “Global Week is a great opportunity for us as global institution to learn about different countries and cultures around the world.

“Master Wei’s Ten Bamboo Studio exhibition and workshops provided us with a rare opportunity to learn about the ancient art and experience first-hand the skills of a true master. I am sure this event will attract more talented students, staff and partners around the world to join NTU in the future.”

Students and staff from the School of Art & Design, and the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment had the privilege of attending Master Wei’s workshops.

Elana Edwards, Final Year BA (Hons) Graphic Design student commented: “I absolutely loved the workshops. It was such an honour and a privilege to learn such an ancient and traditional art from a true master.”

Her fellow classmate, Rosie Gaunt added: “It was an amazing process and I was so happy to have been a part of it, and to experience first-hand the teachings of Master Wei. I hope to continue learning this new skill.”

Master Wei presented Professor Cillian Ryan, NTU Pro-Vice Chancellor (International), with a piece of art representing the Year of the Rooster, and Ian Curryer, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council, with a drawing of Robin Hood.

Cillian told us in his closing ceremony speech: “Master Wei has been kind enough to exhibit his work, and to also offer a series of workshops to our staff and students, free of charge, in creating prints. In this time, they have carved and printed intricate designs and learned an entirely new skill through his generosity. We are very grateful to him for this gift.”

 

A master in the ancient art of Chinese woodblock printing exhibits his work at NTU

Published on 27 March 2017
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment; School of Art & Design

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