Chinese artist brings exhibition to Sheffield Hallam University

23rd May 2017

The first ever exhibition of Chinese art and calligraphy in Sheffield is opening at Hallam University.

Celebrated Chinese artist and calligrapher Hu Leping will be displaying dozens of his paintings and designs in the University's Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA) from 24 May. Hu will attend a special VIP opening of the show on the 24 May, which will feature him taking part in a live painting exercise. The unique finished painting will be auctioned off at the end of the night, with all proceeds going to St Luke's Hospice. Working in the tradition of Chinese painting, Hu has gained critical acclaim throughout China - his work has been widely exhibited in his home country and is collected internationally and has been presented as gifts to foreign leaders by the Chinese government. Claire Lockwood, head of the University's art and design department, said: "It is an honour for us to welcome Hu Leping to SIA and we're very excited about having the opportunity to display his art, and of course see him working live in our gallery on the opening night. "SIA is a truly international institute and we are proud about ensuring all our students have the opportunity to see, first-hand, art across a range of different styles and from a wealth of different countries across the world." Jerry Cheung, managing director of Sheffield's New Era Development Limited, helped to arrange the visit. Jerry said: "Hu Leping is a hugely acclaimed artist in China and it is wonderful that we can display his work here in Sheffield and at Hallam's SIA, further strengthening the links between Sheffield and China and growing our profile in the country." Hu Leping's exhibition will be open to the public from 25 until 31 May in SIA, the former Head Post Office, Fitzalan Square.

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