Building Bridges showcases exhibits that foster a greater understanding of Chinese and Irish culture, and the connections between both countries. Both artists are endeavouring to create metaphorical bridges between these two ancient nations through their creativity and subject matter.
Nelius has concentrated on Chinese themed coloured drawings for the exhibition, while Jie creates original Irish themed patchwork pieces. Thus, uniquely, what we see in Building Bridges is an Irish person producing Chinese images and a Chinese person using their creative ability to make craftwork with Irish subjects. Both artists have learned more about each other’s culture, history and stories, while producing a colourful and dynamic display for the public.
The assembled exhibition reveals the enthusiasm with which both Jie and Nelius have approached this interesting project. They hope that Building Bridges stimulates communication and brings people together. It is only through contact that we all overcome cultural, linguistic, and other barriers.
Building Bridges opens to the public on Saturday, 29 January from 2:00pm – 6:00pm. Tickets for the opening are available for free through Eventbrite. Studio 7’s opening hours for the remainder of the run will be 11:30am – 5:00pm daily.
About the Artists
Nelius Flynn is an artist living in Emyvale, County Monaghan. Nelius produces detailed line drawings in black fine liner pen, usually finished in blended watercolour pencils. In the past few years, due to having several Chinese friends he has become very interested in Chinese Art and Culture.
Jie Leng Chalmers, originally from outside Beijing, is now resident in Ballinlough, Cork. Jie runs JJ Crafts and makes beautiful patchwork wall hangings, quilts and other handcrafted fabric items. For this show Jie has focussed her attention on skilfully weaving together Celtic themes and other subjects of Irish interest.
Studio 7 is an exciting new purpose-built art gallery in Cathedral Street, Dublin 1. Located across from the legendary M&L Restaurant it is less than five minutes’ walk from The Spire in O’Connell Street. This beautiful exhibition space consists of an inspiring basement space and a fully fitted-out gallery at street level.