本討論串為Hello UK!代PO；原討論串始於2012/2/29 伯明翰大學將於三月舉辦四場由丁方等國際知名藝術家主講的免費工作坊。工作坊的主題為「跨文化的宗教藝術」，內容將涉及中國當代藝術與基督教及其他宗教經驗的關係。除本校師生外，是次活動亦歡迎公眾報名參加，如有興趣，可電郵至： email@example.com 各工作坊的詳細內容如下： The Chinese Icon 7 March 2-4pm G52 EuropeanResearch Institute Building PritchattsRoad (G3 on campus map) Is the western image of Jesus a hindranceto Christianity’s acceptance by non-European cultures? Since the introductionof Christianity to China, Chinese artists have adapted, accommodated, recreatedimages of Jesus and other biblical icons. Are they successful? The workshop is led by Chan Yuen-ping, whois director of the Art Department of Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre, originallyestablished by the Norwegian missionary Karl Ludvig Riechelt for the dialoguebetween Christianity, Buddhism and Chinese culture. The Centre is a pioneer indeveloping Chinese styles of Christian art. Ms Chan is a practising artist inceramics and other modern media. Art andMulti-religious experience 9 March 2-4pm G51 EuropeanResearch Institute Building PritchattsRoad (G3 on campus map) Whenartists travel and cross cultures their experience is reflected in theircreations, e.g. Picasso’s encounter with African sculpture and Gaugin’s life inthe Pacific. For our artists in this workshop, encountering another culture andreligion have seen their own faith and art move into a new dimension. Benoit Vermander A French Jesuit on the staff of theReligious Studies Department of Fudan University, China, Benoit Vermander teachestheories of religion and has researched especially the folk religions of China.After encountering and developing a deep friendship with a Chinese artist hehas developed his own style in Chinese ink and watercolour, bringing togetherpoetry, spirituality and Christianity in his free creations. Caroline MacKenzie Caroline was trained at St Martin’s Schoolof Art in London before travelling to India in 1976, where she immersed herselfin village life and worked with Indian artists such as Jyoti Sahi. Returning tothe UK in 1988 she continued to bring Hindu perspectives into herinterpretations of Christian art, and has written on art and multi-religiousdialogue. In her recent sculptures she explores especially the nurturing sideof the male as well as the female. Her designs and stained glass windows can befound in many churches in the UK, and she created a relief for the AnglicanCathedral in Birmingham to celebrate the jubilee year. Divine Energy inLandscapes 12 March 2-4pm G52 European ResearchInstitute Building Pritchatts Road (G3on campus map) Whereis the origin of religious experience, in China and in the Old Testament? DingFang went to the mountains between India and China to look at the highestclusters of mountain ranges, all above 7000 meters, to get a ‘feeling’ of theharsh essentiality of the peaks and deep valleys, and the absolute light thatbrings the ordinary and ugly into sublime beauty. He compares this to the Mosesexperience in the Bible. DingFang Ding lectures in the Department ofFine Arts at Renmin University of China and researches into the cross-culturalinfluences between Hindusim, Buddhism and Greek iconography. However, he is better known as apainter and his early works on biblical themes put him amongthe first generation of so-called “cultural Christians” in China. As an artisthe was trained in classical Chinese calligraphy which gave himthe brush strokes that he uses powerfully in his later oil paintings. In recent years he returned to his native homelandin northwest China and began to infuse the abstract but realist landscapes witha divine energy unprecedented in Chinese art. He has exhibited his work in manycountries in the world, including Europe and the USA. “Under Gods” –religion on Soho Road 15 March 2-4pm G52 EuropeanResearch Institute Building PritchattsRoad (G3 on campus map) Along the two mile Soho Road in Birmingham,religion has become the defining factor rather than culture or race. Here over30 religious buildings act as centres for many different religiousdenominations, and serve ethnic groups, who have come from all over the world. Under Gods investigates the growth of urbanmulti-faith communities and the complex issues involved such as migration,secularism and religious revival. Liz Hingley Liz is a young British photographer, whoseexhibition “Under Gods”, a series of photographs on life and religion on SohoRoad, Birmingham was a hailed success and published as a book by Dewi Lewis in2010. Graduated from Brighton University in Editorial Photography she continuedher MSc study in Social Anthropology at University College, London, where sheis now artist-in-residence. “My photography is about social engagement. I amconstantly excited by how photographs can arouse curiosity, tell stories indifferent voices and help us see through different eyes.” “Under Gods” will beprojected on the ground floor of ERI Building during the two-week period of theCadbury Lectures.