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Tuesday 8 December 2015

Shanghai Women's Art and Design exhibit at Solent

Shanghai Women’s Art and Design Collective, the latest exhibition at Southampton Solent University’s Solent Showcase gallery, brings work from seven of Shanghai Institute of Technology’s female artists and lecturers free to the Southampton public.

Over the last five years, the University’s School of Art, Design and Fashion has built up a close creative relationship with Shanghai Institute of Technology, and this latest exhibition captures the spirit of collaboration and friendship between east and west – illustrating how the shared rewards can provide benefit for all.

Artists: Qian Zhao, Guang Yang, Frances Wang, Wu Feifei, Dandan Zhou, Xiaoling Dai, Well Wang.
Where: Solent Showcase Gallery, Sir James Matthews Building, Above Bar, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 7NN.
When: Friday 11 December 2015 – Wednesday 10 February 2016.
Preview: Thursday 10 December 2015.


The exhibition’s diverse works cover areas such as issues of traditional and the contemporary, east and west, the environment and friendship. The Dialogue of East and West by Professor Wu Feifei, Dean of the Department of Visual Communication Design at SIT’s School of Art and Design, is a masterpiece of calligraphy that blends English and Chinese into one harmonious whole.

Qian Zhao’s colourful, superbly designed animals offer an alternative to western ‘Disney-esque’ anthropomorphisation. Guang Yang’s wonderful seascapes and patterns combine the past with a modern sensibility while Frances Wang’s environmental concerns emerge clearly from her striking and forceful imagery.

Xiaoling Dai’s ‘Regeneration.’

The combination of patterns, shapes and calligraphy in Dandan Zhou’s work is beautifully realised; Xiaoling Dai’s superb line is both precise and expressive; Well Wang’s dark work explores the internet and modern technology.

Guang Yang, ‘life.’

Peter Lloyd, Director of the School of Art, Design and Fashion at Southampton Solent University, commented: “I’m very proud to welcome our friends from Shanghai Institute of Technology, and honour their work in the Solent Showcase gallery. This international partnership enriches the school, and underpins the University’s commitment to providing an excellent teaching experience with an international focus.”

“We hope staff, students and the public will learn much from this exciting showcase of graphic works and we are running a range of outreach projects designed to benefit the wider community in response to the show.”