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Reimagining China’s Terracotta Warriors



A unique exhibition based on China’s world famous Terracotta Warriors will be held at Loughborough University, London in October 2016.

The Dialogue with the Emperor Qin’s Warriors exhibition features the work of artists from every country in the EU – including renowned Loughborough University sculptor John Atkin – as well as three from China.


It was instigated by Dr Pick Keobandith, Director Qu Art in Brussels, in 2012 to build on existing Sino-EU cultural relations. The London exhibition is being produced by John Atkin.

The 28 EU and three contemporary Chinese artists were invited by Dr Keobandith and Shaanxi Museum to visit the world renowned Terracotta Warriors in Xian, China, and to consider ways that these icons of Emperor Qin’s reign could be reinterpreted.



Each artist made a sculpture that responded to this ancient collection in different ways, reflecting an aspect of their own individual culture within the EU.

The results have already been exhibited throughout China at a number of museums and galleries in order to widen the appreciation of European contemporary art. It has also toured across Europe, and is due to travel to Rotterdam later this year and end in Belgium in 2017.


The exhibitions have been an unprecedented success, drawing large crowds, press attention and international awards.

The Loughborough University London exhibition takes place at our Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park campus from 3-28 October. It will be held in the Here East building, opposite the main entrance to Loughborough University London.

We are delighted to be bringing this internationally acclaimed exhibition to our London campus,” John Atkin said. “It is the perfect location to display work that celebrates Sino-European relations and is an event not to be missed.

Entrance to Dialogue with the Emperor Qin’s Warriors is free and the exhibition will be open 11am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm each Saturday and 12 noon to 4pm each Sunday.

More information at www.inspiringculture.com 


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