Tuesday, September 2, 2008

China Earthquake Charity Fundraising Exhibition

The 7.9 magnitude Earthquake that shook the China’s Szechuan province recently has taken more than 68,000 lives and injured more than 300,000 people.

Publicity image for the exhibition

Ruo Bing Wang is an artist from the Szechuan province area; and also the curator for the China Earthquake Charity Fundraising Exhibition that took place at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art on 25 and 26 June 2008. Wang said, “As an artist from the disaster-affected area, I hope to help [the victims] through the way I know best: through art."
Entrance to the exhibition
She organised the charity exhibition which was supported by 26 artists that includes herself, Chay TuckMeng, Mohamed Bushara, Juliana Amaral Leite, Richard Wentworth, Maria Glyka, Madhushree Acharya-Baskerville, Daria Martin, Vassillis Viastaras, Jim Hobbs, Emma Kwan, Carali McCall, Marie Roux, Niyi Olagunju, Aaron Marcovy, Michael James Jones and Henningham Family Press, Yvonne Kyriakides, He Weimin, Metod Blejec, Zanchary Gvirtzman, Brano Gnastalla, Hua Kuan Sai, Jeffery Lee, Poh Mui Tan, Yak Beow Seah, Bie Tu, Ler Tu and myself.

Chinese tea, cookies and T-shirt were sold to raise extra money


The exhibition which was later extended to 29 June managed to raise a total of £1,377.39. Works of art, Earthquake T-shirt, Chinese tea and cookies were sold during the exhibition and all money received went to the Red Cross Society of China.


A scene at the exhibition



Another corner of the exhibition

Richard Wentworth's photograph work (top right)

One of my cranes work: Swan Cigarette Paper Folded into Cranes, 2000


Two original prints I found in a car boot sale by an unknow artist were sold

Another original print bought in the same car boot sale was also sold

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My art practice may be seen as the result of my interest on the matters of the everyday and Eastern thoughts. Over the years, I have produced a body of cross-disciplinary work that explores the as-it-is-ness of things, and interconnectedness between objects and people. My own cultural background and life experience are often revisited, examined and evidenced in the work within this journey of exploration.

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