Open Discussion on Chinese Contemporary Art

How do we decide what Chinese arts traditions to protect?

Why should we protect any traditions?

30 JUNE 2011, 5pm

Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery. Hackney Wick,  London E3 2NT

“…An increasing number of Chinese, having studied Western art in Europe began to advocate Western aestheticism, leading some artists to begin to challenge the traditional methods used to represent beauty. Conflict was inevitable between the desire to protect the traditional practices and applying Western techniques and approaches to Chinese painting.”

(Abstract by Lo Jhy-Yen)

How do we decide what Chinese arts traditions to protect? Why should we protect any traditions? An Open Space Artist’s Discussion addresses issues raised by the current exhibition DRAGONS IN THE LION´S DEN, at the Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Hackney Wick (6th May – 3rd July 2011).

The works of a group of twenty young and established contemporary Chinese artists are brought together in an exciting exhibition that combines Western and Eastern artistic influences.

Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery would like to invite you to this open discussion and to join a journey of discovery into what contemporary Chinese art can be today. This open discussion event will be facilitated by Li E Chen, and will use Open Space technology, which gives every participant the opportunity to propose a starting point for discussion.


Thursday 30 June 2011 at 5pm Open Discussion

& Closing Reception of Dragon’s in the Lion’s Den exhibition until 9pm.

Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery

Hackney Wick

London E3 2NT

(please email to book your place).

For more information or to discuss access requirements, please get in touch with Gallery Manager William Chamberlain on 07947 175 283 or email him on

In Dragons in the Lion’s Den, Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery in association with Ping Works, a UK creative hub, brings you an exhibition of contemporary Chinese art – a collection of some of China’s best up and coming artists from establishments like the China Academy of Art, the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, Western establishments like the Slade School and Central St. Martin’s and including accomplished self-taught artists.

Selected as one of Time Out First Thursdays TOP 5 exhibitions for May! –

Formans Restaurant will be open at all times during the event.

How to get there:

By Bus: 388/488/276/8/26/30/236 (About 45mins from Central London)

By Overground: Hackney Wick

By Jogging: (45mins to 2hours, depending which points you join) Li E Chen will be jogging from central London to Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery (Hackney Wick, London E3 2NT), meeting others who wish to attend at various points on her route.

For people attending the event by jogging with Li, she will be given out 10 of 55 limited edition “I am your anti-matter” performative art T-shirt for FREE.

 Meeting Li E Chen – I am your anti-matter

30 June 2011, at 2.00 P.M. (waiting time 10mins)

Meeting outside Embankment station, on the Bakerloo, Northern, Circle and District Lines.

Meeting Li E Chen – I am your anti-matter

30 June 2011, at 3.00 P.M. (waiting time 10mins)

Meeting outside Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road,London E1 6LA

Please text “I AM HERE” to Li E Chen’s Iphone: 07946 420 467, when you arrive the meeting points. Li will be wearing a white T-shirt with “I am your anti-matter” print on.

Image credits: Top – Qing Qi, Photo – Li E Chen.

~ by smokehousegallery on May 23, 2011.

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