Exploring Chinese Calligraphy through art, music and public talks


From November 6 to 11 2018, UWTSD’s Y Fforwm is the venue for an exhibition of Chinese brush painting and calligraphy by visiting artists, NIE Hui and Xie Feidong. 

The exhibition, hosted by the Confucius Institute at UWTSD and entitled the Beauty of Chinese Characters, gives a rare glimpse into the emergence over the past 5,000 years of the Chinese system of writing, from pictograph inscriptions on oracle bones, through to its development in classical philosophic and religious texts.

NIE Hui brings Chinese characters to life in 60 pieces of work, ranging from accurate copies of scripts from ancient artefacts, through to original art works that combine images of the Chinese landscape and people with poetry inscriptions. 

The exhibition is divided into four parts that show the influence of traditional Chinese culture, Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism on the development of this ancient art form.

Accompanying the exhibition are talks and a concert by the artist, who is also a musician and poet in her own right. 

The concert and public talk – The Beauty of Chinese Characters – which took place on November 7 at the Alex Reading Room, UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art, explored the beauty of the sounds, shapes and meaning of Chinese characters.

NIE Hui played the Gu Qin, an ancient traditional Chinese musical instrument, rather like the zither.

UWTSD’s Lampeter campus will host a further talk and concert this evening in Lampeter, entitled Chinese Characters and the Nurturing of Health, as part of the Faculty of Humanities’ Wellbeing and Mindfulness programme of cultural events and courses.

During this talk, NIE Hui will explore the symbolic meaning of Chinese characters relating to the key concepts of yin and yang, the five elements and other philosophical concepts behind traditional Chinese medicine. The talk will also be accompanied by a concert on the Gu Qin.


On 10th November, during UWTSD’s Lampeter Campus Open Day, the artist will hold a calligraphy workshop.  This experiential workshop will all offer insights into the art, creativity and contemplative aspects of using a brush and ink on rice paper to write Chinese characters.

Additional information:

Nie Hui is a literati painter and calligrapher who integrates the creation of music, poetry, calligraphy and paintings with academic studies. She is a member of the Chinese Calligraphers’ Association, the Chinese Poetry Association, and the Chinese Guqin Association. She is also the Secretary-General of the Asian Painting and Calligraphy Committee, and the Vice Director of the Style Center in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Chongqing.

Nie Hui has published collections of her poetry, calligraphy, paintings and seal cuttings in two books; Zao Hua Xin Yuan (Let Nature Inspire You) and Han Zi Zhi Mei (The Beauty of Chinese Characters).

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