What difference does the word make-President Higgins State visit to China.

President Higgins State visit to China.

I have always admired orators, well spoken words can take us out of ourselves, giving a shared experience rather than an isolated one. They are non material and work beyond and outside routine categories and yet can deal with daily experience in a transforming way.(*) The arrival of President Higgins to Beijing embraced and expressed many aspects of culture shared by the two countries.

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The first speech I heard was when President Michael D Higgens opened the Irish Design 2015 exhibition titled “Weathering” in the famed Ullens gallery UCCA in 798.

 

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Wood_Cube_Boxes_Cillian_O_Suilleabhain_LDF2014_SAY_Webpage_290_153_c1Higgins spoke of how the exhibition” is inspired by the weathering of the island of Ireland by the Atlantic Ocean and the rugged and beautiful landscape this creates. It is created by craftspeople who, through a gentler form of weathering, work with local materials to reflect their sense of place and produce functional objects which combine contemporary ideas with traditional techniques.”

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Joe_Hogan_290_153_c1The virtues of Irish artists going back as far as the Book of Kells and the Tara Brooch were praised .”Ireland shares with China a strong sense of societal connection with our ancient traditions of craft and design,” Mr Higgins said.

He also spoke of how culture was central to the Irish experience, which in recent years had included “poverty, illusory affluence and then poverty again”.

Later that afternoon at the design exhibition Ciaran Hogan weaved a basket while chatting to a small group of us about the time of year willow was harvested and how it could be treated for flexibility and colour. Some of the Chinese artists with me were responding and connecting with this familiar tradition. Ciaran was representing his own work and his father’s, master weaver Joe Hogan.

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Later the same day a lively evening of Irish Culture at the Forbidden City Concert Hall included poetry by the wonderful Paula Meehan, music by the well loved Sharon Shannon and her band, erhu player Sun Huang and cellist Zhao Xuyang and dancers from Riverdance came from X’ian where there are currently on tour.

 

 

On the final night of the Beijing visit there was a reception at the Embassy of Ireland for the Irish community. Michael D Higgins reffered to various Irish communities in Beijing such as Irish Network China, Gaelic football and the Beijing celts (soccer) were given a playful reference as the beautiful game (Pele) with a little cough.

President's reception at Embassy

After the speech everyone queued up in line to shake the Presidents hand and have a quick word. There was plenty of line jumping which revealed either some of us were either here too long or had such habits before arriving. My quick word in the presidents ear was about Irish Wave collaborative exhibitions which take place here with with Irish and Chinese artists  every March. Time was up and my sound bite over.

 

 

 

Personal view

 

There was one other event ……

Tuesday is a teaching day and that afternoon I asked my students to guess where I was going later that day. They always perk up when you are about to tell a personal story. I told them I was off to the Great Hall of the People . That the two presidents were having dinner (State Banquet) and I could be somewhere in the room. I promised to tell them about it the following week.

 

I don’t often wear my grandmothers blouse on teaching days. My Gran passed away 20 years (it was she who gave me my first oils when I was ten and taught me how to prime the back of the board from orange crates), it was her blouse for attending weddings and funerals, something decent to wear on special occasions.

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The guidance for dress code was business attire and decided that it would be the blouse I inherited. Off I went, dusted off the chalk on the jacket and headed on the special bus to the state banquet. My grandmother was an irrepressible woman, fearless on many levels and not very shy, always “dropping in” to visit numerous households on her drive up to Carlow to visit my family. Even with the traces of chalk dust, perhaps a touch dowdy but she would have approved the choice. I think she may have been winking in the clouds above.

 

 

(*) some words were borrowed from John Tusa’s essay -Why art matters

 

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Recently at Wuxi Bund Art Centre “Silent Explosion”
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Silent Explosion
Recent ‘China-Ireland’ exhibition Shanghai Nov 29th 2019

China Ireland exhibition at MUSEu&m, Shanghai , opening Nov 29th

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‘Whirls in the Old’ in New York at the exhibition ‘1919’

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Gobi Heaven Art Festival August 2019

Participating in the International Artists program for this exciting event in the Gobi Dessert

Jul.Aug 2019 Group Exhibition , Hamilton Gallery , Sligo, Ireland and also Sept 2019 at the Irish Consulate Offices , Park Ave NYC
Granary Art exhibition SiShui Shandong June 2019

Granary Art Exhibition SiSHui , Shangdong June 2019 click on image

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Clip from 'Swim Duck' Video by Niamh Cunningham 2019

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April /May 2019 in Budapest 近期展出匈牙利

Currently showing in Budapest Aprli- May 2019

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RTE interview on preparing for upcoming group exhibition 2 min clip
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Artist talk at Beijing Geely College Dec 11th 2018
Map and Territory project Nov -Dec 2018 at Beijing Geely University
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Map and Territory

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最新动态:

 

 

 

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*2019年7月”1919″ 爱尔兰  Sligo -Hamilton Gallery  

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*2019年4月”奥德赛——回归”群展2019年4月13日在东岳美术馆开幕。

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*2018年11月-12月“纸上·至上”展览,韩国光州市立美术馆北京创作中心

*2018, 10月中欧国当代艺术全球巡展·上海

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*2018年8月 淮阴艺术馆提名展,淮安市

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*2018 , 6月17 日 纸上•至上2018 在青岛,

*2018 , 5月20 日存在-国际女性艺术展,湖南长沙,

*2018 , 4月21 日延缓的时间,4月21日-29日,红门画廊,798艺术区

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 *2017年12月,广州新造当代艺术中心,纸上·至上 纸艺作品群展.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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Current Exhibition

*Silent Explosion, Wuxi Bund Art Centre, Jiangsu,  July 11-31 2020

Recent  exhibitions:

* Sculpture project in HongFangzu , Shawan, Sichuan , begining phase Nov 2019

Current Exhibition

*China Ireland exhibition at MUSEU&m, near the Bund , Shanghai, Nov 29th 2019

* Sculpture project in HongFangzu , Shawan, Sichuan , begining phase Nov 2019

*1919 – Group Exhibition (Hamilton Gallery) in New York, Irish Consulate

*1919 – Group Exhibition Hamilton Gallery , Sligo , Ireland July – September

*Gobi Heaven Art Festival , Inner Mongolia , August 2019

*A piece of Cotton Paper  9th floor gallery Songzhuang June 15th

*”Winning the Day ‘ Granary Art Centre,  SiShui , Shandong, May – June 2019

*Beyond the form of Art , Wick Art Centre , Budapest, Hungary may 2019

*Odyssey The Return ; group exhibition at Dong Yue Art Museum, Beijing  in April

Map and Territory Art IRRCA at Beijing Geely College Nov 20- Dec 20 2018

*Thousands of Sprouts, an experimental online exhibition – by Elizabeth Ross  Nov 2018

* On Paper Supreme, Gwangju Art Museum Beijing Creative Centre Songzhuang Nov- Dec 2018

*China Europe Internaitional Contemporary Art Global Tour Shanghai Oct 2018

*An Irish Airman foresees his Death – Hamilton Gallery Sligo, Ireland June – Nov 2018

*On Paper Supreme, Extension Space, Shenyang, Liaoning,  Sept 16th – Oct 21st  2018

*Artist Nomination Exhibition, Huaiyin art gallery, Huai ‘an shi, Jiangsu, July-Aug 2018

*On Paper Supreme, Ordos Culture and Art Centre , Inner Mongolia , Aug 17th – Sept 10th  2018

*International Abstract Art , ChungChuen College, Jinan, July 2018

* On Paper Supreme, QingDao , Tiantai Art Centre, June 2018

* Existence , International Feminist Art Exhibition,  Mezzi Bookstore Art Space , Changsha

* Excavations 20 April-4th June  He Gallery, Golf Club.

*’Mortgaged Time’ 21st- 29th April at Red Gate Gallery , 798 Beijing  April 21st

*’Excavations’ 12-18th Enjoy Museum 798,  Beijing   preview 5 pm 12th April

* 5 week residency at Guanlan Printmaking base , Shenzhen (Feb-March 2018)

*Lunar New Year theme exhibition “Red Fruit” showing at Raycom IT centre, Zhongguancun,  28th Jan continues to March 3rd, organised by RoveArt , supporting the Female Protection Fund.

*Chinese & Foreign Visual Arts Hunan,  at the Meixi Academy Book Complex, Changsha Dec 26th to Jan 26th 2018.

* ‘Beyond Time’  Raycom IT Centre, Zhongguangcun, Beijing Dec – Jan 27th  2018

*”Qualitative Phase and The Narrative” Beijing Film Academy Triennial Exhibition at Dong Yue Art Museum, Beijing, curated by Li Zhen till Dec 18th 2017…………………………………………….

 

-.On Paper Supreme made its final exhibition for 2018 in Beijing Songzhuang opening Nov 16th
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Excavations showing at Enjoy Museum 798 April 2018

Excavations , a cross collaborative exhibition showing contemporary art by Chinese and Irish artists , showing in Enjoy Museum, 798 , 2018.4.12

Very honoured to have Irish Ambassador Eoin O’ Leary visit Chinese New Year exhibition “Red & Fruit”

Irish Ambassador Eoin O'Leary with subway paintings at Raycom Centre exhibition Feb 2018

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