Yuan Centre

Suzhou – The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, China Centre


The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts China Centre (Yuan Centre) in Suzhou opened its doors in Autumn 2018 with the aspiration to serve as a physical and inspirational focal point for traditional arts and culture in the city of Suzhou as well as the national context, drawing its strengths from China’s cultural history whilst looking towards the future.

Students at the Yuan Centre learn traditional arts from both Eastern and Western teachers, bringing together the philosophies and practices of these cultures. The Yuan Centre offers a one-year programme of Foundation-level studies, preparing students to build a portfolio of traditional design, fine art practices and craftsmanship.

The Centre enables young students to engage with the artistic principles of their cultural heritage and find a contemporary means of its expression in the fields of arts and crafts. Its programmes also invite the wider public to engage meaningfully with these artistic traditions on different levels – practical, cultural and inspirational – within the contemporary context.

The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts thanks our partners Johnson Chang and Ye Fang for making the establishment of the China Centre possible, and for their support of this long-term collaboration.

Foundation-Level Studies in Traditional Arts

The Foundation Level Studies in Traditional Arts Programme offers an array of courses throughout the academic year, developed and delivered by tutors from the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts and Chinese Masters. Some of the courses included are:

  • The Order of Nature: Geometrical Design Patterns
  • Giving Form to Myriad Things: Calligraphy
  • The Alchemy of Colour: Methods and Materials
  • On the Silk Road: Mineral Pigment Painting in Buddhist Art
  • The Constitution of Shanshui: Landscape and Geomancy
  • Construction of Paradise: Principles of the Chinese Classical Garden

All artists – from the enthusiast to the established – are welcomed to apply. Students are also invited to join single modules if they do not wish to complete the full programme of Foundation Level Studies in Traditional arts.

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Yuan Centre, suzhou, china