The Black Dragon River flows to the Ormeau Baths Gallery
The Mandarin Speakers Association is hosting a remarkable exhibition of ice and snow ink paintings at the Ormeau Baths Gallery. Compiled by 35 artists from the People’s Republic of China, the exhibition titled The Black Dragon River opened on March 8 th.
This is the first exhibition of a new three-year arts and cultural programme, supported by the Arts Council, to promote and develop Chinese artistic traditions throughout Northern Ireland.
Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council said, “The ability of the arts to create lasting relationships between communities is recognised throughout the world. This fascinating exhibition of paintings by leading contemporary artists from China is an exciting opening to a significant arts-led programme of cross cultural appreciation in Northern Ireland.”
This newly generated ice and snow painting genre presents an unusual black ink painting style which has been mastered by the artists in the northern provinces of China. This stunning collection by three generations of artists represents both traditional and contemporary styles of Chinese painting.
Lyndsay Donly, Arts Project Coordinator, Mandarin Speakers Association said, “We see this exhibition as an opportunity to showcase a style of work not normally accessible to Northern Irish audiences and also a chance to contribute to the cultural life of Northern Ireland. The Black Dragon River is a collection of truly stunning paintings and we hope that this exhibition delivers a taste of the unique culture and original thinking that comes from China.”
The Black Dragon River at the Ormeau Baths Gallery is open to the public from Thursday 8 th March and continues until 24 th March 2007. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm and admission is free. A number of talks and workshops will accompany the exhibition, please contact the gallery for further details.