In the Chinese Zodiac, 2020 is the Year of the Rat. One of the many forecasts that I read, says that this year will bring changes that can push us out of our comfort zone. It's up to us how we use them and especially how we perceive the challenges we encounter. Well, that was certainly true for the Oxfordshire Chinese Brush Painting Group!
We had plans for two major exhibitions in May and December, and a full programme of meetings and Workshops. We were also hosting the national Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the national Chinese Brush Painting Society (CBPS) at the Ashmolean Museum. None of that has come to pass courtesy of Covid 19. And yet, we have flourished!
We have more members than ever before, meet weekly rather than monthly and deliver a vibrant programme of lessons and Workshops which will take us right through 2020 and most of 2021. In addition, we have so far raised over a £1,000 to be donated to the NHS Charities Together in December 2020. We have achieved all this by moving completely online. Thanks to one of our members, Jing Li, we have developed a partnership with the leading University in China for Chinese Brush Painting. This is the China Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou. We " attend" weekly classes in Flower and Bird Painting, traditional Landscape Painting and Chinese Calligraphy. In addition, we "visit" leading Chinese Artists at home in their studios where they demonstrate their art to us. So, we have been able to triumph over adversity.
In return for this tuition, we are raising funds for the NHS. Plans for 2021 include a book and an Exhibition about our experiences. We hope to resume face to face meetings and Workshops when it is safe to do so, but for us, virtual classes via Zoom have been so successful that we intend to keep this as an element of our programme for members. It is especially useful for members who cannot travel for any reason, and allows us to forget about geographical boundaries and reach out to many more people with an interest in this fascinating culture and art form.
Oxfordshire Chinese Brush Painting Group was established by a group of enthusiasts who attended a Maggie Cross Workshop at the Oxford Summer School. We normally meet monthly at Stanton Harcourt Village Hall and more recently we opened a second session at Farmoor Village Hall. We hold 6 or 7 Workshops during the year, with national and international tutors of Chinese Brush Paintings. In 2020, we started to hold these at the Ashmolean Museum which has one of the foremost collection of Chinese Art in the world. All face to face activity is now suspended, but we have a comprehensive weekly programme online via Zoom. New members are always welcome. No previous experience is necessary, just an interest in Chinese Art.
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