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Beijing Artists in Portsmouth with The Kings Theat...

Beijing Artists in Portsmouth with The Kings Theatre and Portsmouth Festivities

Throughout the coming weeks of June Portsmouth will be home to a group of international artists from Beijing who will be on artists residencies, exhibiting work and running workshops, all at different locations around the city. The artists are visiting thanks to The Kings Theatre in association with Portsmouth Festivities, with events starting from today!

Supported by the Arts Council of England these artists will make Portsmouth their home as they absorb the architecture, landmarks, landscape and people to create new works, and inspire others to get creative. Following their visit to Portsmouth they will go to Oxford for a residency as part of the Oxford Arts Festival.

The visiting Beijing artists are:

Nicola Rivelli is an Italian sculptor who has made a home and career for himself in Beijing, China. His sculpture ‘The Tajshan Kid’ (7.5 metres tall, 1200kg bronze statue) became the mascot for the 2008 Olympic Games and drew world-wide attention.

Han Zhibing is president of China’s painting and calligraphy art research institute Mountain. He works with both oil and acrylic paints. The lotus colours of his works mark the transition between traditional and contemporary style.

Zhong Yan is an abstract painter who’s work as the ‘Oriental Picasso’ combines the cultural elements of East and West, using a unique pen to create a powerful breadth of space, which handles colour and changing light levels. Zhong Yan has travelled and exhibited in Malaysia, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Hong Kong, Shanghai and more.

Vittorio Guida is a photographer Born in Naples who originally trained as a set designer before moving into photography. His works spans film, portraiture, architecture and reportage and has featured in books and exhibitions world-wide. He moved to Beijing in 2009, and now divides his time between China and Italy.

Residencies

The visiting artists will be in residence at a few different locations around the city where you will be able to see them at work:

16th June to the 27th June
Zhong Yan will be in residency at HMS Warrior and Han Zhibing will be working in the Kings Theatre.

19th June to the 27th June
Nicola Rivelli will be in residency at HMS Warrior and Vittorio Guida will be at the Kings Theatre.

Visiting either of these Portsmouth locations during these next two weeks will give you an insight of the visiting artists at work.

Exhibitions

The following exhibitions are at Southsea exhibition spaces and both free entry!

Zhong Yan and Han Zhibing Exhibition Open Evening
Friday 19th June
Coastguard Studio, 91 Clarendon Road, Southsea, PO4 0SA
6-8pm Free

Nicola Rivelli and Vittorio Guida Exhibition Open Evening
Monday 22nd June
Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 2QJ
6-7pm Free
Following Exhibition Open Hours
Thursdays and Saturdays, 10.30am – 2pm

Meet the Artists

A series of events at different Portsmouth cultural and heritage locations allow you to meet the artists in person and find out more about the practice and their current work.

Meet the Artists: Nicola Rivelli
Wednesday 24 June, 1-2pm
On board at HMS Warrior 1860, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3QX

Meet the Artists: Vittorio Guida
Wednesday 24 June, 3-4pm
No. 28 Kings Theatre Portsmouth, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 2QJ

The artist talks are free but booking in advance is recommended!

Workshops

A series of fantastic workshops have been arranged by The Kings Theatre where you’ll be able to work in small groups with the individual artists on different creative techniques and processes. Booking via The Kings Theatre box office is highly recommended and these one off opportunities to work with international artists will book up quick.

Workshop: Zhong Yan – Abstract Painting
Monday 22nd June, 1pm
On board at HMS Warrior 1860, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3QX
£25 (inc. all materials), must be booked in advanced Workshop limited to 5 participants.

Workshop: Vittorio Guida – Photography
Tuesday 23 June, 2-4pm
The Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO4 0JW
£25 (inc. all materials), must be booked in advanced Workshop limited to 5 participants.

Seminar: Vittorio Guida – Photography
Thursday 25th June, 10am-12noon
Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Twyford Avenue, Portsmouth PO2 9QA
£25 (inc. all materials), must be booked in advanced.

Workshop: Han Zhibing – Chinese Calligraphy
Thursday 25th June, 1-3pm
Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Twyford Avenue, Portsmouth PO2 9QA
£25 (inc. all materials), must be booked in advanced Workshop limited to 5 participants.

Workshop: Nicola Rivelli – Traditional Wax
Thursday 25th June. 1-3pm
On board at HMS Warrior 1860, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3QX
£25 (inc. all materials), must be booked in advanced Workshop limited to 5 participants

Workshop: Han Zhibing – Chinese Calligraphy
Friday 26 June, 1-3pm
Kings Theatre Portsmouth, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 2QJ
£25 (inc. all materials), must be booked in advanced Workshop limited to 5 participants

Further information about this very special international arts project plus booking online for the events and workshops can all be done at The Kings Theatre website:

www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk

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