UWTSD hosts Imperial Treasures of China Exhibition


On 21st June 2017 UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art together with the Confucius Institute at the University opens a stunning exhibition of Chinese Imperial Costumes and treasures.

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Entitled, ‘Imperial Treasures of China: the craft of the past and the design of today’, the exhibition offers a rare chance to see examples of three of China's most cherished craft skills: embroidery, carved lacquer and enamelware. 

Professor Ian Walsh, Dean of Art and Design at the Swansea College of Art UWTSD said:

The exhibition marks the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute at UWTSD and is a celebration of the growing partnership between UWTSD and Beijing Union University. China has a tradition of exquisite designs and crafts stretching back over two millennia.  We are privileged to have examples of this work on display here in Swansea for a limited time and to welcome the masters who created them. Thanks to the excellent communication and collaboration between UWTSD and Beijing Union University, the Confucius Institute is able to introduce this fantastic tradition to Swansea.”

Krystyna Krajewska, Executive Director at the Confucius Institute added:

"I'm delighted to welcome the Imperial Treasures of China Exhibition to Swansea which promises to be a fascinating and very interesting exhibition. The exquisite objects and costumes that will be on display have all been created by some of China’s leading craftsmen and women using the traditional skills and techniques handed down through the generations as part of China’s intangible heritage.  We're extremely lucky to be able to hold such an event here in Swansea and I'd like to thank everybody involved for all their hard work and cooperation."


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Yin Xiuyun is Chinese Master of Arts and Crafts specialising in carved lacquer. Her work has won many awards in China and she is one of China’s top experts in the field.  She will present beautiful trinket boxes, vases and teapots all of which feature traditional designs and motifs.

Sun Ying has the official title of Beijing Master of Arts and Crafts Beijing (Imperial) Embroidery. For more than forty years she has been designing and crafting traditional Chinese costumes for Peking opera performances, TV historical dramas, and many other kinds of performance. Her creations have been recognised by the Beijing Art Embroidery Award and she has received many gold, silver, bronze, and excellence awards. The exhibition will feature 8 Imperial Costumes reproduced in every detail by Sun Ying.

Xiong Songtao is Beijing Master of Arts and Crafts in enamel. His enamelwork is unique as after more than a decade of painstaking study and continuous experimentation he has combined traditional techniques with innovative technology to produce precious objects that have won awards throughout China and abroad. His work includes lustrous vases and jewellery worked in precious metals and enamel.

Also on show, and inspired by the Imperial treasures of China are modern fashion items created by the academic staff of Beijing Union University, the Chinese partner of the Confucius Institute at UWTSD.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Medwin Hughes will officially open the exhibition together with Vice President Zhang of Beijing Union University on 21st June.  The Imperial Treasures of China Exhibition is open from 21st to 29th June 2017 Alex Reading Room, Swansea College of Art at UWTSD, Alex Building, SA1 5DU

Further Information

For more information please contact Krystyna Krajewska, Executive Director at the Confucius Institute on 07980046567 / k.krajewska@uwtsd.ac.uk or Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk