Treasures of China

A major new exhibition unveiling the splendour of almost 4,000 years of imperial culture.

Treasures of China brings together rarely seen porcelain, embroidery, calligraphy, silk, jade and other precious items from nearly four-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.

The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of events for all audiences, click on an event to find out more.

  • Saturday 25 January - Join us to celebrate the opening of our magnificent exhibition, which begins with our Chinese New Year Celebration.
  • February Half Term – Drop in craft sessions for families, inspired by the exhibition and Chinese culture.
  • Wednesday 12 February, 11 March and 8 April – Enjoy a taste of Chinese culture and language at our China Café with Isabella Chen exploring a different topic each week. 
  • Every Tuesday from 4th February until 7 April – Learn the basics of Mandarin Chinese with a 10 -week course led by our Chinese Language Instructor, Isabella Chen.
  • Tuesday 24th March – Life Drawing – Our alternative life drawing takes inspiration from the symbolism of the bird in Chinese art with a relaxed and friendly evening in the Treasures of China exhibition.

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

Cost

Adult: Normal Admission charges apply Children: FREE with annual ticket holder

When

On: 25 th January 2020, 10:00 am Until: 26 th April 2020, 4:00 pm

Where

Art Gallery