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Bloomsbury 'Chinese Spring Festival' Arts and Design Fair

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To celebrate the fast approaching Chinese New Year (this time it’s the Year of Dog), a special exhibition will be hosted by the China Arts & Entertainment Group at the Bloomsbury Gallery in Central London, adjacent to the British Museum.

The ‘Initiation- Selected Works by Emerging Chinese Artists and Designers’ exhibition finally arrives in London. With over 50 works by 39 young Chinese emerging artists and designers, all hoping to offer the British audience a rich, creative perspective, artistic inspiration and cultural experience.

The Chinese New Year, or ‘Spring Festival’, celebrates the changing of times and rebirth. Spring presents a new beginning, seeing the return of vitality to the earth and the emergence of new prospects. Likewise, emerging artists bring a youthful, fresh approach to artistic mediums. The exhibition consists of five sections: Winter Wonderland, Spring Initiation, Generational Shift, Seasonal Pleasure and Philosophical Underpinnings.

The exhibition will cover works of contemporary installations, photographs, fibre art, porcelain design, jewellery design, furniture design, industrial products, plus much more. These creators are from the various top Chinese Art Institutes, including the Central Academy of Fine Arts, the China Academy of Art, the Academy of Arts & Design of Tsinghua University, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Nanjing Arts Institute, the College of Art and Design Tongji University, School of Design of Jiangnan University, and Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute. Furthermore, most of them are national and International award-winning designers.

The exhibition will briefly outline the present state of Art and Design in China, and its possible future in the hands of emerging designers and artists. This new generation of artists have inherited the artistic traditions of the past, but in their own work change and modify old practises to create revolutionary designs. This process of imitation and transformation infuses their artistic works with new fresh energy.


Samples of the works:

1) Mr. Ma Cong

-Best of the best Reddot Award 2016

Title: “The Running Cloud

Size: L550mm*W40mm*H2170mm: 6 pieces


Floor screen with dual-side embroidery made from natural silk, silk gauze, Burma Padauk and special functional glass.

The design adopts modern abstract patterns of cloud and river inspired by Chinese ink paintings, and it combines mortise-tenon furniture style and dual-side embroidery technique widely used in Ming and Qing dynasties in Chinese history. It feels like dancing on the air, just behind a piece of half transparent cloud. Under the principal of contemporary aesthetics, this screen depicts a world of eastern beauty with abstract images in the simplicity: water and cloud.

The design is an artistic translation of ancient Poet Li Po’s loitering in a dream: “Clouds darken with darkness of rain; streams pale with pallor of mist.” The modern techniques show a beauty of light as if the sun and moon illumine a gold and silver terrace.

The dual-side embroidery includes ink painting skills, running stitch and a more complicated stitch method from Soochow embroidery. Through the worship of culture and beauty in contemporary design, this work also mirrors the evolvement of traditional craftsmanship.

The stitched ripples, by virtue of a thoughtful arrangement, you can find a changing beauty form between dark and light depending on your angle of view. The scene on the screen shall also change with your slight movements. The mesmerizing beauty of cloud and water will show you how Li Po felt when he wrote the great poem.

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2) Mr. Chunmao Huang


Name of the design work: BLUE, the colour of the West Lake in Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou G20 First - Lady Banquet

Material: Ceramic - A set of tableware including 64 pieces.

The Pleasure of Leisure in Chinese Life. A life of leisure in Chinese culture is represented in the symbols of the Gourd and the Shou Peach which are both symbols of happiness, wealth and longevity. The forms of the carved Tree Roots and the images of the Chinese Landscape are included to evoke the idea of a tranquil life. By using these elements together, my aim is to create a post-modern style by combining a delicate scene of leisurely joviality with modern industrial materiality. Through this work I succeed in re-constructing ideas of traditional humanism. Colour, Tone, The touch of pink-blue used in this tableware collection was inspired by my first impression of West Lake, located in Hangzhou. I chose to decorate this collection with peony flowers, which are a symbol of prosperity. These flowers are depicted with a bronze colour to refer to the famous historical building in Chang’s Garden by the West Lake.

Feminine Design. This collection is designed exclusively for the First Lady of China, as her National Banquet Service. Through the design of this collection, I wish to present the characteristics of a traditional Chinese woman: implicit, expressive, delicate, gentle and possessing a noble beauty.

2014 APEC, Chunmao Huang designed tableware for the state banquet held by President Xi in Beijing. 2017 One Belt and one Road summit t: Fishing table Ink Colour tableware Design (2017 "One Belt and One Road" Lady Banquet Porcelain) 2017 BRICS Summit: Xiamen BRICS summit National Banquet porcelain Design and Lady Banquet porcelain Design


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3) Ms. Li Yuhua

Fruit of Autumn / Bone china\iron\Lacquer 60cm×40cm×20cm 2016


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4) Song Tao x TAN CARPET

Soft Pebbles / 100% Tibetan highland wool 150 knot/inch, 5 mm after knot 250cm×300cm


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5) Ms. Chen Xuan

Instinct / Stainless Steel / L 2000mm ,W 1000mm,H 930mm 2011

As an architect and spacial designer, Chen Xuan is fascinated by juxtaposing the strong expression and personality of animals with the clarity and tonality of space and geometry. The animals are "cut off", only their legs are visible, moving in opposite directions, gener- ating an exciting dynamic that happens below the table's surface. The tables move, have their own direction and sense of speed. This fascinating contrast between the moving legs and the still surface generates a curious balance of emotions that is different from environ- ment to environment. The tables literally develop different life when placed into different settings, the dynamics vary between smaller rooms and larger halls.


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Nine Dragon Pot / Silver, 18k gold Variable size 2015


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7) Mr. Chen Xi

1659 times / minute

Installation / Diameter 140×270cm 2016

The dynamic device is a modern ritual artifact. “1659 beats / minute” means the working efficiency of the device is 1659 times per minute. The installation was inspired by a series of new re-designs for religious artifacts represented by “electric prayer wheel”. In order to quantify and emphasize the efficiency of traditional ritual behavior, I summarize six types of ritual behaviors in abstract graphic language, and assign them to the device layer by layer in the form of dynamic mechanical expression. Each part of the device is driven by motors with different working efficiencies, and the total work efficiency of all the motors constitutes that of the device, which is 1659 times / minute. It aims to discuss the tendency that the boundary be- tween current technology in the sic-tech world and the traditional ritual be- havior is becoming increasingly blurred, but the two sides are approaching to integrate with each other.

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