Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Invitation from Dr Richard Wu

Richard Wu is Sydney-based psychiatrist with an interest in painting, psyche and the neuroscience of creativity. He is a contemporary Chinese Ink Brush painter and has developed a psychological model of understanding Chinese painting about which he has lectured internationally, in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. He is a longstanding supporter of Creative Doctors.
Richard would like to invite you to a free talk he is giving on the history of Chinese classical art on Saturday 30th August at the China Cultural Centre in Sydney which he promises to be accessible to people who are interested in the subject but without much prior knowledge. The talk promises to be "a brilliant visual journey accompanied with stories of dynasties and individual cultural icons, and their creative endeavours, from 300 A.D. to the dawn of the 20th Century".


China Cultural Centre in Sydney
Level 1, 151 Castlereagh street, Sydney, NSW 2000
The Story of Classical Chinese Art
A Historical, Psychological Model of Chinese Classical Art
The Story of Classic Chinese Art-A historical, psychological model of Chinese Classical Art.
Creativity is ignited by societal and individual psychic needs specific to the historical context. Dr
Wu proposes a model of understanding classical Chinese art as historical cycles of peak culture
and breakthrough culture:
Peak culture, characterized by Gong Bi (meticulous) painting, nurtured at the heights of social
prosperity and stability.
Breakthrough culture, characterized by Xie Yi (expressive) painting, forged at times of social
calamities, with individual traumas and displacements.
Presenting paintings, calligraphy and poetry from critical periods in these cycles, Dr.Wu explores the creativity born out of artists’ individual psychological states, and social climates they lived in.

Date: Saturday, 30 August, 2014
Entry: Free
Time: 10:00-12:00
Venue: China Cultural Centre in Sydney
Level 1, 151 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

The Presenter
Dr Richard Wu is a practising Psychiatrist and a contemporary Chinese Ink-Brush
painter. He has in recent years pioneered a psychotherapeutic model of understanding
Chinese traditional ink-brush painting and lectured in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore,
and Sydney on this topic.
The Host
China Cultural Centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of
understanding and appreciation for Chinese culture and the arts through educational
and cultural activities. Through close partnership with both private and public sectors,
the centre offers programs that enhance the existing friendship and mutual
understanding between China and Australia. The centre itself houses a library, an art
gallery, a hall and classrooms. It offers Chinese traditional arts courses; lectures and
seminars on art, culture, heritage and traditional medicine; as well as films, concerts
and an information service.
Please RSVP to or tel at (02)82283050 by 25 August.
We are looking forward to meeting you at the Centre.

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