UCC strengthens cultural links with China
Acclaimed Chinese artist, Professor Hi-Ying Wu, delivered the second Sheppard’s Irish Auction House Oriental Arts Lecture recently.
Speaking of his own work and the essence of Chinese painting, Professor Wu says, "I think Chinese paintings focus on the expression of the spirit. The objective is to reach the unity of human being and nature. Western painting is focussed on the description of objects, people and landscapes."
The Lecture was in the Royal Hibernian Academy, and was an initiative of Sheppard’s Irish Auction House and UCC.
The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, TD welcomed the artist and said, "I am delighted to endorse the steps taken by Sheppard’s Irish Auction House and the School of Asian Studies at UCC to strengthen Irish-Asian relationships though cultural dialogue. Ireland has been very successful in building relationships with China. Initiatives such as the UCC and Sheppard’s Irish Auction House Oriental Arts Lecture Series are central in promoting cultural awareness. Such awareness is key to the implementation of the Asia Strategy."
Dr. Michael Murphy, President of UCC, stated that, "UCC plays a leading role in promoting Irish university education to international students. The University believes that the development of cultural relationships with priority Asian countries complements the key education and trade promotion objectives of the Asia Strategy. The University is pleased to work in partnership with Sheppard’s Irish Auction House in bringing leading Asian arts practitioners to Ireland so that we can learn about their work and practice. Ireland will benefit both culturally and economically from this increased internationalization and diversity."