Monthly Archives: December 2016

China Quick-Fix Talk 19 Jan 2017 18.00 – Dr Bill Aitchison

Join us for this talk which considers a less visible aspect of China’s development. China Quick-Fix is a talk and slide show that offers a special opportunity to see a less well known side of China up close and in the company of artist Bill Aitchison.

chinaquickfix1 Bill Aitchison has spent the last three years in China taking pictures of the sometimes ingenious, sometimes ramshackle, improvised repairs that chinaquickfix2are a feature of the Chinese urban landscape. He will provide insightful commentary which, starting from these humble quick-fixes using plastic bottles, coat hangers and pieces of cardboard, opens up into a discussion of contemporary China which connects documentary photography to craft techniques, generational politics, decision making processes, the status of public space, wealth distribution and recycling, to name but a few of the directions it shoots out in. Sympathetic to the creativity of quick-fixes, this talk is balanced between identifying positive features in them while never forgetting the problems that necessitate them in the first place.

The event will conclude with questions and discussion.


Bill Aitchison is an inter-disciplinary artist who divides his time between China and the UK. He has presented his performances, soundworks and videos in galleries, theatres and festivals in Europe, Asia, America, Australia and The Middle East. He holds a practice-based PhD from Goldsmiths College, has published critical, creative and journalistic texts in several countries, made several works for radio, regularly mentors creative projects and is currently setting up a performance studies strand at Nanjing University.

Where and When

This talk will take place on Thursday 19th January 2017 in the Project Room, 50 George Square, Edinburgh from 6pm.  A drinks reception will follow. 

Registration is required. Please book via this Eventbrite link

Confucius Institute Director receives Individual Award of Excellence

At the 11th Confucius Institute Conference held in Kunming 10/11 December 2016, the Institute’s long serving Director, Professor Natascha Gentz received an Individual Award of Excellence for her work over the last decade.

The award was presented to Professor Gentz by Mme Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China as part of the opening ceremony of the Conference which was attended by over 2,200 delegates including university presidents and representatives of Confucius Institutes from 140 countries and regions.

The Institute, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, has been grown substantially since its launch in 2006 and over the last decade has received regular accolades.

Award Listing Received by Confucius Institute for Scotland

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011:  Institute Awards of Excellence
2012: Gold Award to Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea
2014: Pioneer Institute Award
2015: Model Institute Award
2016: Individual Performance Excellence Award  to Professor Natascha Gentz.