Public Event: Chinese Calligraphy Workshop

10 April 2010

Chinese calligraphy (Shufa) is a unique art form dating back to the earliest days of Asian history, and continues to be widely practiced throughout China, Korea and Japan. Shu (calligraphy), Hua (painting), Qin (a string musical instrument), and Qi (a strategic board game) are considered the four basic disciplines of the Chinese arts.

At the heart of calligraphy are Chinese characters and only through the elegant brushstrokes of the calligrapher do these characters become a beautiful and abstract piece of art. A Highly disciplined art form, calligraphy strokes are permanent and incorrigible, demanding careful consideration and precise execution. Not only expressive of an artist's aesthetic capabilities, calligraphy is also considered most revealing of the artist's moral integrity and character. Throughout Imperial China, calligraphy formed a core component of the Imperial Examination System used as a criterion to select executives into the Imperial Court.

In this workshop, teachers from Academy of Chinese Calligraphy will introduce this ancient Chinese art form, its philosophy and technique. The workshop coincides with the opening of a solo exhibition by the award-winning Chinese-Australian calligrapher Liang Xiao Ping on 8 April 2010. Liang Xiao Ping will also perform a calligraphy demonstration following the workshop.

Co-presenters: University of Sydney Confucius Institute & Sydney Conservatorium of Music