Ink Rubbing Workshop

Date:  18 Nov 2023 - 18 Nov 2023

Venue: Workshop Room, G/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, UMAG, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam

Ink rubbing is an art form that uses ink and paper as a medium to transfer text, images and patterns carved into stones or artefacts. This technique preserves and disseminates the text and patterns, while also serving as a crucial method for reproducing calligraphy and inscriptions on historical monuments.

To complement the University Museum and Art Gallery’s exhibition KingsInscriptions: Contemporary Interpretations, the University of Hong Kong Libraries’ (HKUL) Preservation and Conservation Centre will introduce this unique art form, encouraging participants to reflect on how calligraphic texts connect to the past and offer insights into the present.

The activities include:

– An introduction to the history and development of Chinese ink rubbing

– A demonstration of ink-rubbing techniques and the required tools

– A hands-on ink-rubbing session where participants can create their own artworks (approximately 50 minutes)

This workshop is guided by the staff from the HKUL Preservation and Conservation Centre

Established in 2010, the Preservation Centre at the HKUL is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the library and archives’ collections. The centre is focused on maximising the lifespan and usefulness of the collections by making them accessible to current and future patrons. The Centre’s team consists of four conservators and five technicians with a variety of conservation specialties. They perform basic and complex conservation on a collection that includes rare books, archives, manuscripts, photographs, prints, architectural drawings, maps, and works of art on paper. The Centre’s other activities include organising exhibitions, digitising works, environmental monitoring, integrated pest management, and creating protective housing for collections.

Please refer to Chinese version.

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