Press Releases 2014-2015

Exhibition of Chinese Art comes to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter


Four Artists from XI’an, China - Ouyang Li, Zhao Ling, Yuan Yuan and Zhang Ling - are currently exhibiting their artwork at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) campus in Lampeter.

Having originally exhibited their work at the Oriel CRiC Gallery in Crickhowell, the exhibition entitled Permanence and Transience can now be seen at the Confucius Institute Reading Room at the Roderick Bowen Library on the University’s Lampeter campus.

The Chinese artists’ work is curated by Robin Martin who previously directed the Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition Harmony - an exhibition that was organised in Brecon in 2012 by UWTSD’S Confucius Institute. Thanks to his good auspices, this current exhibition will visit Lampeter for the duration of November 2014.

Two of the artists, painter Zhao Ling and printmaker Zhang Ling are Lecturers at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts. Their works depict aspects of the contemporary landscape of Central China, colossal mineral extraction, the tearing down of whole cities and traditional hutongs (centuries old courtyard housing).

The third artist, Yuan Yuan is from the Sculpture department, also at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts. Her works reflect a more classical Chinese approach to the visual world and on this occasion, Yuan’s departed from her main medium of sculpture into traditional Chinese Brush Painting.

The final artist, Ouyang Li, studied at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts and the Glasgow School of Art where she achieved a MA in Ceramics and Printmaking. Presently a Lecturer in Chongqing Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts, her work explores the philosophy of Daoism and the spiritual in the natural environment.

Together, the works represent the theme of permanence and transience in the contemporary Chinese landscape.

The exhibition is open to the public.  School groups are also invited to visit the exhibition and paper cutting and calligraphy workshops can be organised by the Confucius Institute on request.

For more information on the exhibition or to book a workshop please contact Krystyna Krajewska, Executive Director Confucius Institute. Email:

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / / 07449 998476
  2. The Confucius Institute at UWTSD is the doorway into China for schools, university students, businesses and communities in Wales. Set up with the backing of the Chinese Ministry of Education, they are a major centre for Mandarin provision in Wales
  3. With an office on the Swansea campus and their main centre on the Lampeter campus, they manage an ever-growing network of Associate Schools and Confucius Classrooms, all of which have their own dedicated Mandarin teachers delivering language courses and Chinese Studies curriculum enrichment
  4. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  5. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  6. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014