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Upcoming Events

  • Seminar: ‘Shadows: Attempts at re-examination and re-evaluation of Socialist Realism in the practice and discourse of art in China from 1950 to the present’
Co-organised by Tate Modern and the Centre for Contemporary East-Asian Cultural Studies, University of Nottingham A seminar with Carol Lu at Tate Modern on 4 December 2013, 14:00-16:00 in the McAulay Seminar Room on L0. Carol Yinghua Lu is the first Visiting Fellow at the Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific http://www.tate.org.uk/about/our-work/tate-research/research-centres/asia-pacific. In this ongoing research project, conceived and developed in collaboration with Liu Ding, attempts are made to examine the installation and purification of socialist realism as a dominant artistic style, an aesthetic and ideological principle since the founding of the People's Republic of China, and its lasting influence on artists and practitioners working in China throughout the latter half of the last century till the present. How does the imposition of socialist realism on the artistic community in China, the subsequent internalization of such an artistic ideal and attempts to break away from its omnipresent influence eventually consolidate it as one of the key foundations based on which artists and critics develop their perceptions of art and its value. Following a short presentation by Carol on her research the discussion will open to contributions from participants. Carol Yinghua Lu has published widely on contemporary art. She was co-curator of the 2012 Gwangju Biennale, of the 2012 Shenzhen Biennale, on the jury of the 2011 Venice Biennale and is a contributing editor of Frieze magazine. Together with the Liu Ding she set up the Little Movements research project into artistic practices in China in the 1980s and 1990s. She is the artistic director of OCAT Shenzhen.

Recent Events

  • Research Workshop: ‘Contemporary Art and Sociality in Reform-era China’
  • Co-organised by the Rockbund Art Museum and the Centre for Contemporary East-Asian Cultural Studies, University of Nottingham Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, 12 November; also involving Tate Modern, The Guggenheim Museum NYC, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, Hong Kong City University, Courtauld Institute, New York University in Shanghai, UNNC.

    Past Conferences and Research Workshops

  • Conference: 'Curating the Contemporary in China', November 2013; with Chinese Art Centre Manchester and Kingston University
  • Research Workshop: ‘Public Display and Contested Presents in the PRC’, UNNC, May 2013 (co-organised by Roberta Pearson (UoN) and Fintan Cullen (Dean of Arts and Humanities UNNC))
  • Conference: ‘The Korean Wave in South-East Asia: Consumption and Cultural Production’, UNMC, January 2013 (co-organised by Julian Stringer (UoN) and Mary Jane Ainslie (UNMC)
  • Conference: ‘Art Education at Chinese Museums’, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, October 2012 (keynote speech by Paul Gladston alongside Philip Dodd (BBC and ICA) and Hou Hanru (internationally renowned cuartor of contemporary art) - initiating a collaborative project on arts education and research involving CEACS, the Rockbund Art Museum and the China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou)
  • Conference: ‘Current Research into East-Asian Visual Culture’, Tate Modern, June 2012


  • Public Presentations

    • ‘What’s China Thinking?’: A Public Panel at the Royal Festival Hall, London, October 2012 (chaired by Paul Gladston – other panel members include Sun Shuyun, author, filmmaker and broadcaster and Wang Chunchen, curator at CAFA, Beijing) 

    Related Global Research Events and Collaborations

    • Tate Modern, Centre for Asia-Pacific Art
      CEACS has worked closely with TMCAPA including the conference
      ‘Negotiating Histories: Traditions in Modern and Contemporary Asia-Pacific Art’, Tate Modern, October 2013
      TMCAPA is also collaborating with CEACS on the Research Project:
      ‘Contemporary Art and Sociality in Reform-era China’, 2013-15; also involving The Guggenheim Museum NYC, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, Hong Kong City University, Courtauld Institute, New York University, UNNC
    • Tate Modern
      CEACS has worked closely with Tate Modern as co-organiser of the following research events:
      Research Conference: ‘Current Research into East-Asian Visual Culture’, Tate Modern, June 2012
      Research Symposium: ‘Shadows: Social Realism and Contemporary Art in China’, Tate Modern, December 2013
    • Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai
      Research Workshop: ‘Contemporary Art and Sociality in Reform-era China’, RAM, Shanghai, November 2013
      Collaborative Research Project ‘Contemporary Art and Sociality in Reform-era China’, 2013-15; also involving Tate Modern, The Guggenheim Museum NYC, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, Hong Kong City University, Courtauld Institute, New York University in Shanghai, UNNC
    • Chinese Art Centre, Manchester
      Public Presentation: ‘From Print to Publishing: the Changing Role of the Book in China and the UK’, May 2013
      Conference: 'Curating the Contemporary in China', November 2013; also involving Kingston University (outcome: special edition of JCCA)
    • New Art Exchange, Nottingham
      Paul Gladston, Academic in Residence 2012 – including various public talks and presentations (e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0kS47k_YbY)
    • British Council, China 
      - ‘Sino-UK Higher Education Symposium on Creative Media Industry, 2012’
      - Funding to support Collaborative Research Project: ‘Contemporary Art and Sociality in Reform-era China’, 2013-15 
    • Randian-Online
      The centre works closely with Randian, an online journal publishing critical writing on contemporary Chinese art and culture  http://www.randian-online.com/#

    Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies

    The University of Nottingham
    University Park
    Nottingham, NG7 2RD


    telephone: +44 (0) 115 823 2264
    email:paul.gladston@nottingham.ac.uk