International Art gallery
1. International Art at Bristol’s Island Gallery, UK
“There was no doubt in my mind that we needed to follow it up,” said Becky James about the international art tour which she had been supporting in Falmouth and Sidmouth during October 2012.
“The next morning after arriving back in Bristol, a friend rang to offer the gallery space at The Island in Bristol city centre,” she said. “Since my only experience with the previous exhibition was basic support and leafleting, I knew this would be a huge challenge.”
However, three weeks later, on December 3rd, The Art of Zhen Shan Ren International Art Exhibition began attracting hundreds of visitors in The Island Gallery Space in Bristol’s Old Police Station.
The extraordinary exhibition has inspiried and moved millions since its global touring began in 2004. The exhibition consists of realistic oil paintings and Chinese watercolours created by mostly Chinese artists.
Through what they call ‘New Renaissance’, the artists share a vision to restore the beauty of traditional art, with an understanding of an ancient belief, that to create true art requires inner purity and a good heart that embraces upright moral principles.
The artworks also give a unique insight into the spiritual discipline of Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, a meditative practice originating in China, which is based on the principles of Truth, Compassion and Forbearance, the Zhen Shan Ren of the title. Part of the exhibition is dedicated to showing how Falun Gong is changing people’s lives by providing them with a return to traditional Chinese values, as well as to documenting a real-life tragedy of modern China.
Despite, or rather, because of its deep traditional roots, Falun Gong was banned in China in July 1999 and thousands of practitioners — including some of the artists themselves — experienced terrifying torture and shocking ordeals in a violent and ongoing persecution which some call a flashback to China’s Cultural Revolution.
2. ALTERNATIVE SPACE LOOP
Setting out in 1999 in Sang-Su Dong, and then moved to a basement in Seo-Kyo Dong, alternative Space Loop is about to entering upon a new chapter of its history starting from the year 2005. Loop plans to expand size-wise; however its very first commitment for suggesting alternatives for Korean Art scene remains the same. Loop will keep sticking to its foremost responsibility of defining alternative Asian art and culture by confronting Western-oriented globalization. In addition, Loop plans to set up a new platform for Asian contemporary art industry, and promotes an art market that is dynamic yet upright. Loop objects to an alternative for the sake of an alternative. With clear vision and mission, Loop will become a truly alternative space that challenges the mainstream art institutions. In order to advocate artists to produce more and better quality works, and also to define identities for Asian contemporary arts, Loop will continue the following activities.
– Searching for Young Emerging Artists
– Promoting Connections between Visual Arts and other Genres
– Establishing International Networks of Alternative Spaces
– Supporting Creative Activities and Better Environment for Exhibition
Mon – Sun 11 am – 8 pm