The Muban Educational Trust and Xuyuan Printmaking Centre in Beijing are jointly presenting an exhibition of contemporary Chinese woodblock prints, printed with ink and water-soluble colour, at the Drawing School of Eton College.

Around 30 prints from the collection of the MET and Xuyuan will be exhibited. The exhibition will run from 23 September to 19 October 2017.

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Professor David Barker wrote in the exhibition catalogue: “The title ‘Printing with water’ is a reflection on the Chinese term shuiyin 水印 lit. ‘water printing’, an often used abbreviation of the terms muban shuiyin 木板水印 ‘woodblock water printing’ and shuicai banhua 水彩版画 ‘ water colour woodblock printing’. All the prints in this exhibition have been created with methods and materials that have been in use in China for over a thousand years with the printing of woodblocks with water-soluble colour becoming more widespread during the Song (960-1279) and Ming (1368 -1644) dynasties to serve an increasingly sophisticated and demanding Chinese urban middle class.”

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The private viewing of the exhibition is going to be held on 23 September. There will be demonstration of shuiyin woodblock printmaking at the private viewing by Xuyuan artists.  The artists will stay on for another week to work with students at the Eton College.