Voices from China – Chinese New Year Lectures

Chester Beatty Library Annual Lecture Series

Tuesday 5th February 6pm City Hall – The Silk Road, From Dunhuang to Dublin, Dr Frances Wood, Head of the Chinese Section, British Library. Places Limited. Booking essential through Chester Beatty Library.

Tuesday 12th February 1.10pm – Lord Mayor’s Lecture: ‘The Key to Chinese Traditional Culture. A Brief Introduction to ‘The Three-Character-a-Line Chant (San Zi Jing 三字经), Prof. Wang Ronghua, Chief Advisor of Beijing Budding Flower International Cultural Promotions. Please email rsvp@cny.ie for booking

Thursday 14th February 1.10pm – Five Gates to China Jerusha McCormack and John G. Blair, Visiting Professors at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Thursday 21st February 1.10pm – Chester Beatty’s Chinese Paintings, Laura Muldowney, Curatorial Assistant, East Asian Collections.

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Wednesday 6th February 11am – China and Japan (1902) Sir William Orpen Ciaran Woods. Places Limited, Booking essential through Hugh Lane Gallery

Sunday 10th February 3pm – The influence of Chinese Art on Irish and European applied art from 18th century to the present Dr Audrey Whitty, Curator of Ceramics, Glass and Asian collections, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. Places Limited, Booking essential through Hugh Lane Gallery

Thursday 21st February 6.30pm – Irish Decorative and Fine Arts Society. Chinese Jade: An Introduction, Prof Alan Fletcher MRIA. Places Limited, Booking essential through emailing rsvp@cny.ie or www.idfas.ie

Porcelain treasures have seen a huge interest in recent years especially those that were exported in thousands from China to the West from the 18th century onwards. Jade has not escaped this fascination. This precious stone with the earliest examples dating back to 6000BC in the Dushan region, will be the focus of Professor Fletcher’s third lecture for DCNYF. Linking with the newly established Irish Decorative and Fine Arts Society, this illustrated lecture will explore the history of this world renowned stone from the vivid kingfisher green jade to Imperial jade, to‘khotan’ white jade and to the collection of the 18th century jade-obsessed Chinese Emperor Qianlong. This lecture on the stone of heaven is a must for lovers of all precious objects. Booking essential.

Irish Chinese Cultural Society ICCS

Wednesday 27th February 8pm United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam Street – Around Jiangxi in 12 days: the 2012 ICCS Visit to China. Places Limited, Booking essential through ICCS.

All of the lectures are free and open to everyone, but please check especially where booking may be required.