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Chinese Calligraphy

Date: Friday 2nd July 2010
Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Room FG08, SOAS (The School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

The Meridian Society is hosting a talk on Chinese Calligraphy on Friday 2nd July 2010. The talk will be delivered by Mr Kam Sang Law. In the talk Mr Law will be introducing the characteristics of the main Chinese calligraphy scripts, with special mention of the’ Preface to the Orchid Pavilion Collection’, which is regarded as the most important examples of the running script in Chinese calligraphic history. The Orchid Pavilion (Lanting) is featured on our forthcoming tour of China, so this will be of particular interest to intending participants.

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The Orchid Pavilion is located at the foot of Zhushan Mountain 13 km southwest to the ancient city of Shaoxing. In the Eastern Jin Dynasty, Wang Xizhi organized at the pavilion a historically famous gathering of scholars, where he improvised Preface to the Orchid Pavilion, which is a masterpiece in terms of both literary grace and calligraphic writing. Ever since then, the Orchid Pavilion has become a place known far and wide, a Mecca for generations of calligraphers and the literati. Currently on each March 3th of the lunar calendar, a calligraphy festival is held here, which is a grand meeting for modern Chinese calligraphy.

Mr Kam Sang Law has been practising Chinese calligraphy for over 27 years. He studied this art form with renowned masters and has developed his own distinctive style. Before retiring to England from his job as a senior civil servant he was Vice-President of the Jiazi Society of Calligraphy in Hong Kong and his calligraphy has been selected for many prestigious exhibitions in Hong Kong. He now teaches Chinese calligraphy, as well as Tai Chi.

Please email us at themeridiansociety@gmail.com to reserve your seat.

TMS/SACU Member: free; Non-member: £5 contribution at the door

Transport: The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Goodge Street. For more options please go to: http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/user/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2?language=e

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