Woodcut delegation to Sweden
Representatives from Simao Teacher’s College, China, visit Sweden for a week in Sep-Oct 2010 to develop further cooperation with Hyllie Park Folkhögskola and relief printing group Xylon.
The delegation from Simao Teacher’s college, famous for it´s art/woodcut departement, consists of Mrs Xue Jingmei, professor and vice president, Mr Ma Li, ass. professor and director of the Research Center of Reduction Woodcut Print, Mr Zhang Xiaochun, ass. professor and director of the Collage Art Museum and Mr Chen Yong, ass. professor and director of International Affairs Department. Mrs Du Wei, professor and president of the College, was unfortunately forced to cancel her visit due to health issues.
The delegation arrived in Copenhagen September 25, and leaves October 1 from Stockholm.
In Skåne, meetings were held at Hyllie Park Folkhögskola. The delegation also visited art school Östra Grevie Folkhögskola and the artist´s culture workshop at Malmö Teacher College, together with Hyllie Park/ArtsNordica representatives. In Stockholm, the delegation’s program is arranged by Xylon society chairman Chun Lee Wang Gurt.
Simao district in South Yunnan is famous for it’s unique traditional woodcut printing technique and Simao Teacher’s College is one of the few places in the world where the technique is being passed on to a new generation of students. Some of the teachers at the college are well-known national artists in China.
Xylon is an international relief printing artist’s society started in the 1940’s in Belgium. The Swedish branch consists of over 40 artists who work with relief printing as their artistic medium.
Simao Teacher College´s relationship with TCG Nordica, Kunming, and ArtsNordica, Scandinavia, was initiated in 2005 in Simao and in 2007, TCG Nordica presented a woodcut print exhibition with works by students and teachers from the school.
In 2007 TCG Nordica also hosted one of the exhibitions in an exhibition series in different countries by relief printing artist society Xylon, and facilitated a relationship between the Xylon group and Simao Teacher College.
The following year, 2008, Swedish artist Janeric Johansson held an exhibition at the college, arranged through TCG Nordica. The same year, the XYLON group took part in ArtsNordica’s FOLK-08 art festival in Mariannelund, Sweden, with a large exhibition at one of the eight exhibition venues.
Now in 2010, a delegation from Simao Teacher’s College is visiting Sweden to develop further cooperation possibilities with Hyllie Park Folkhögskola and Xylon.