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The Sculpture Event at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden

During Easter Weekend Friday 6 April to 9 April, there was Sculpture event at the Botanic Garden.

Artist and teacher, Aili Purdy participated in the event. Below article is an extract from

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/botanic-garden/events/2012/22.html


There are not enough hours in the day for Aili Purdy at the moment! In addition to running a paper folding workshop at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery for the Chinese New Year celebration and a Chinese Lantern workshop at the M-Shed, Aili is painting a large mural and also preparing an exhibition of her paintings, which opens in late February at the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath.

Aili teaches traditional Chinese Brush Painting courses at the Botanic Garden which complement the presence of the Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden. She studied Fine Art in Beijing, came to live in the UK in 2000 and studied for a Masters degree in Animation at the University of the West of England

She really enjoys working with children of all ages, and teaches Mandarin Chinese language and culture in schools and colleges.

“I regularly run workshops for adults in Chinese Brush painting and Origami.  ‘Flower paintings’ are one of the three main topics in traditional Chinese art. The Botanic Garden workshops allow me to demonstrate how Chinese artists approached this aspect of their work.”

She is supported currently by Pure Offices and has a studio at Kestrel Court in Portishead. “At the moment I am painting a large (about 10m x 3m) mural there as part of the campaign to reopen the Portishead to Bristol Railway line. I have to complete this by the end of the March, and at the end of April the mural will be erected at the proposed site for the new rail station.”