As his month-long residency in Cambridge draws to a close, this week is your last chance to see the celebrated Chinese ‘Fish God’ Chen Hong at work. Regarded as a ‘cultural treasure’ in his homeland, Mr Chen is an expert painter of traditional Chinese motifs, particularly famous for his images of fish. During his time as The Fitzwilliam Museum’s artist-in-residence, the artist has given several popular public demonstrations and painting workshops, working with visitors of all ages to illuminate this artistic tradition. This week, you can catch the last few days of an exhibition of Chen Hong’s work at St Barnabas Gallery in Cambridge (closes Sat 27 March). This show brings together a superb selection of Mr Chen’s eloquent paintings, giving a glimpse into an intriguing Chinese artistic tradition.
You can also see the ‘Fish God’ - as Mr Chen is known in China - at work in Cambridge’s Central Library on Sat 27 March (15.00 - 15.30; 15.30 - 16.00; 16.00 - 16.30). This public demonstration is free, but booking is advised via the Central Library.
Mr Chen’s three-month residency in the East of England now sees him move onto Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service, and Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. The Fitzwilliam Museum has welcomed Chen Hong as part of Stories of the World: Eastern Exchange - a programme of events taking place in museums around the East of England in the two years leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, including workshops, exhibitions and community projects.