Muban Educational Trust
The Muban Educational Trust (MET), previous known as the Muban Foundation, is a small charitable organisation based in London.
It is dedicated to raising the profile and re-vitalizing the field of contemporary Chinese printmaking.
MET administers a collection of more than 6500 Chinese woodblock prints from the last 250 years with a particular emphasis on prints from the late 20th century.
The Muban Education Trust Woodblock Printmaking Award
In order to identify and reward young talents in contemporary Chinese printmaking, MET offers an annual printmaking award which invites submissions from young printmakers from all areas of mainland China. The first and second MET Awards were held in 2015 and 2016. 130 young Chinese artists from many parts of China applied for the 3rd Award with a selection of their current work initially sent as digital images. Working from these images a shortlist of 15 applicants was agreed. The shortlisted artists were then invited to send three original prints to MET’s London office.The winners of the Third Award were announced on 14 February 2018.
The judges of the MET prints Awards are:
Anne Farrer – Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the Muban Educational Trust
David Barker – The Muban Educational Trust
Weimin He – Ruskin School of Art
Clarissa von Spee – The British Museum
Kevin McLoughlin – Independent Scholar
Liu Jing is a well-established, award-winning Chinese artist, focusing on printmaking since 2001. His primary focus in on oil-based woodcut prints, a medium through which he creates portraits of old masters and other historical and political Chinese figures.
Hammer Chen is an award-winning Chinese printmaker and illustrator whose work stems from an interest in using marks and textures to express sensations and emotions and to explore the mind, body, and self. She also runs printmaking studio Wait and Roll in Shanghai.
Kelly Mi has been interested in painting since childhood and is now a well-known artist in China, following a successful career in acting and TV producing. Her recent paintings focus on artificial intelligence and its role in our lives today.
Zhu Kecheng is a Chinese artist who creates lithography prints that focus primarily on different parts of the human body, conscious and unconscious body language, our relationships with one another and ourselves, and the psychology surrounding these connections.
A Ge is an established Chinese printmaker whose woodcut art represents national minority subjects in black and white, water-soluble, and oil-based inks. She is a member of the Yi ethnic minority and works to nurture artistic talents and promote artwork by others from Chinese minority groups.
Jiao Xingtao is a widely exhibited Chinese sculptor. His most recent work is conceptual, a comment on the consumerist excesses of today’s society. He transforms objects—often packaging, such as a discarded Hermès box—with scale and fibreglass to make pieces of statement art.
Chen Qi’s creates black and white series of woodcut prints, most recently representing the reflections, ebb, and flow of water. These prints are quite risky with no specific focal point, looking at water’s abstract properties, and using it as a metaphor for change and the passage of time.
Chen Long is a Chinese woodcut printmaker whose work brings together traditional and contemporary elements to address various conflicts that sit within our collective unconsciousness. These realities of life are often represented by images that seem drawn from a fantasy world.
Wang Chao is an award winning Chinese woodcut printmaker whose architectural style work is characterised by fine lines, refined colouring and subtle tonalities. It alludes to the past in both technique and in subject matter, often a witty contemporary take on historical visual and literary genres.
Muban Educational Trust The Muban Educational Trust (MET), previous known as the Muban Foundation, is a small charitable organisation based in London. It is dedicated to raising the profile and re-vitalizing the field of contemporary Chinese printmaking. MET...