In 2012, Sunny Art Centre organised several interactive demonstrations and workshops for HSBC's branches across the UK to promote Chinese art and culture. Participants - with the guidance and instruction from our artists - had the opportunity to showcase their artistic talent and creativity. Our programme enabled participants to produce a unique, hand crafted, festive art pieces with their own choice of a blessing in Chinese, written by our calligraphy artists.
In 2013, Freshfield invited Sunny Art Centre to introduce Chinese culture to their staff at their Chinese New Year party. Participants were encouraged to express their enthusiasm for art through the unique the brushwork style used in Chinese calligraphy and painting. Our calligraphy artists then combined the pieces created by attendees with a beautifully written Chinese poem, shedding a new light onto this traditional medium.
In 2015, Sunny Art Centre was asked by Selfridges to design and launch a new shopping experience for their customers during the Chinese New Year. Our Chinese painting artists produced unique and delicate paintings in front of customers with their in-store and online purchases. Selfridges emphasised the importance of the handcrafted art piece, and the relevance of Chinese contemporary art in modern culture. It was a meaningful experience in which Classical Chinese painting was combined with gift-giving.
In 2015, Sunny Art Centre hosted a special team-building workshop for PWC. Through our art programme, participants were given opportunities to understand their fellow colleagues through drawing. Sunny Art Centre did not only provide a relaxing yet artistic environment for individuals to enjoy the pleasure of art, but also presented a new way of understanding people.
In 2015, Giorgio Armani commissioned Sunny Art Centre to launch one of their Chinese inspired products. Chinese style paintings from our artists were selected to be printed on their packaging and complimentary items. Designated showrooms in Selfridges, Harvey Nichol's and Westfield’s displayed the original works painted by our artists. Through this opportunity we hoped to broaden peoples’ appreciation and understanding of Chinese culture outside of mainstream galleries and museums.
In 2015, Viktor & Rolf and Sunny Art Centre collaborated on and launched a project in which our artists hand painted a line of limited edition Viktor & Rolf perfume bottles for Harrods. Each bottle was painted by hand with a variety of unique flowers and blossoms. In the same year, Viktor & Rolf also launched similar collaborations with Sunny Art Centre at Selfridges in Manchester and Westfields in Stratford.
In 2015, Royal Academy of Arts hosted a Chinese ink workshop with Sunny Art Centre. The event took place at the historic Reynolds Room and more than 300 participants experienced the magical possibilities of Chinese ink. Through this workshop, people became familiarised and inspired by this unique art form which they may not have been regularly be exposed to.
In 2013, Sunny Art Centre participated the production of an episode in the series, The Only Way is Essex. The Only Way of Essex is one of ITV’s award winning semi-reality television programmes. The episode was set at our centre and featured James Argent and James Diags joining our life drawing session for the first time(with the purpose of meeting girls). Although the story was scripted in a humorous manner, our studio space was well represented, with our students’ and artists’ works at the background.
Our artist Yinjie Sun created exquisite hand painted floral patterns on the glass of a new collection of perfumes. The products have been displayed on the ground floor at Harrods and the event has been featured by Givenchy's social medias. The intricately handcrafted designs are based on the concept behind the fragrances and their floral notes. Ten different designs for ten different bottles. This Exhibition started 1st October and ran until 20th October 2016.
In 2016 we collaborated with the Southbank Centre in order to provide a workshop for one of the leading cultural institutions in London. Moreover, we organised a creative workshop for thirty guests in order to galvanise their creativity and inspire them to bring colour and art into their daily lives. The idea at the base of this project was to let the audience physically engage with art in order to establish a closer dialogue between the institution and its public.