Gobi Heaven- Int’l Art Show : What the Artists Say

Gobi Heaven festival August 2019

The first of the Gobi Heaven festivals was held in Bayan Nur, Inner Mongolia August 6-11 2019. This is the first of five annual festivals .

The International artist camp, curated by Suzanne Matz included various happenings alongside the exhibition hall. Apart from the indoor exhibition there were  out door art installations, impromptu art performances, music,  belly dancing, bilingual poetry happenings, rap workshop,  environmental  workshops, meditation  and visualization workshops.  I presented a workshop on Image and Memory in Space – Memory Palace workshop ….more on that in the next post.  

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Bloomsday pop up exhibition at Embassy of Ireland

Bloomsday event Embassy of Ireland Beijing portraits by Niamh Cunningham
photo by Eric Favreliere

Bloomsday celebrates an ordinary day from which an extraordinary book is based. The 16th June 1904 is the day when James Joyce’s epic modern novel ‘Ulysses’ takes place. June 16th 2019 witnessed lots of fun events at the Embassy of Ireland in Beijing with a play directed by Mario Perez, readings, improv by the Beijing Broads, photo costume booth and of course art. The NorthGateProject founders Fion Gunn, Gulistan and myself exhibited a collection of artworks. We had an exhibition Odyssey the Return in April with Ulysses as the main theme.

When the rain stopped….Bloomsday Irish Embassy event photo credit: Zhou Jian 周建

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Mappa Mundi and other 798 delights

A few months ago I was asked to arrange a walking tour of 798 by the RAS  -Beijing  (Royal Asiatic Society ) . I knew that Mappa Mundi by polymath Qiu Zhijie would be a high priority for this visit. Prof Qiu is a writer, educator and curator believes that map making produces ‘awareness’ rather than understanding. Navigating links and building connections as we develop our own perceptions may well be one of those special things that shows us what it is to be human. These particular maps explore lost meanings and hidden connections that lie outside of history and common knowledge. On Saturday morning 4th (this was the last weekend the exhibition was running) we began our voyage of discovery at the UCCA.

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Odyssey the Outreach: Bookworm talk , BFSU talk , Tuesday Trotters visit ect …

Beijing Bookworm talk:

Beijing Bookworm talk on James Joyce with Prof Fu Hao , Niamh Cunningham and FIon Gunn

This year’s Irish project ‘Odyssey the Return ‘ explores James Joyces book Ulysses and the ancient epic poem The Odyssey.  On April 15th the famed Beijing Bookworm hosted our talk ‘What has James Joyce ever done for you?’  Our Monty Pythonesque title became slightly distorted with time as people started to refer to it as ‘What as James Joyce ever done to you?’

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The Art of the Young Learner – two different workshops

It has been a few years since I gave workshops for children. But within the space of a week I gave 6 workshops in two different locations during the Chinese new year festival .

It was good to re-engage with my approach, knowing full well what I needed to provide. How will I manage and contain the exuberance, energy and impatience of the children? Would I remain patient myself in that environment?  Could I nurture the brilliant moments they have and push them on that path when things actually do work out and continue to work out wonderfully? Would I be able to unlock their talent and satisfy their curiosity ? Continue reading