Treasures of China

A major new exhibition unveiling the splendor of almost 3,000 years of imperial culture.

Treasures of China brings together rarely seen porcelain, embroidery, calligraphy, silk, jade and other precious items from nearly three-thousand-years of Chinese imperial culture. Featuring beautiful and exquisite loans from Durham University’s Oriental Museum, accompanied by objects from our own collection of porcelain and textiles.

Discover the dynastic history of China and the splendour of the Imperial Court with displays of the sumptuous clothing and precious jades that showed wealth and status, the beautiful objects related to the scholarly tradition and an extraordinary collection of porcelain. Many of the objects are richly decorated and the exhibition will reveal the hidden meanings and symbolism used in the decoration.


Objects from the Tullie House collection will trace the journey of tea, silks, porcelain and artworks that made the six-thousand-mile journey to Carlisle, exploring how tourism and the Silk Road impacted upon Imperial China and the West. A stunning display of contemporary art from Chinese artists will show how the fascinating history and symbolism of Imperial China continues to inspire and inform Chinese culture today.

Image credit: Woman’s silk jacket, late Qing dynasty, c.1880 , photographed by Blackfell Photography

Image credits: Stuart Walker Photography

With thanks to the Oriental Museum Durham University, Art Fund_  and Lancaster University Confucius Institute for helping to make this exhibition possible. 



Adult: Normal admission applies Children: FREE with annual ticket holder


On: 16 th July 2020, 10:00 am Until: 26 th September 2020, 3:00 pm


Art Gallery