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Loughborough University sculptor receives Chinese honour

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John Atkin (centre) is pictured at the awards ceremony with Professor Wu Wei Shan (right) and Yang Fan (left) from the Chinese National Academy of Sculpture.

Loughborough University sculptor John Atkin has been presented with a prestigious award in recognition of his work in China.

John, who is based in the University’s School of the Arts, has been made an Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Sculpture Academy.  He received the award from Professor Wu Wei Shan, Chairman of the Chinese National Academy of Sculpture, who praised his role in developing cultural initiatives between the UK and China.

John has been involved in a number of arts projects in the country since 2008 when his work was included in a prestigious exhibition of large scale sculptures at the Beijing Olympic Park.  More than 2,600 artists from across the world applied for the chance to take part in the exhibition and John was one of only 26 selected for the project.  His sculpture, entitled 'Strange Meeting', remains on display in the Olympic Park today, adjacent to the Birds Nest Stadium.

John has since been invited onto an international panel of experts to explore ways that the forthcoming Youth Olympics being held in Nanjing in 2014 can be reinforced through cultural initiatives.

In addition, he has also been selected as the UK representative for a touring exhibition of nine major museums in China, starting in Xian in November and running until 2013.  Twenty seven artists have been selected from each of the EU countries taking part in this unique ‘Inspiring Culture’ exhibition, organised by Qu Art in Belgium.

Speaking about his work in China John said: “China has given me a range of unique opportunities to develop some ambitious projects and expand my research into how public art can have a significant impact within the built environment.

“With so much infrastructure development throughout China, it is interesting to see how the Chinese value the input of culture into their public realm, and not as some add-on at a later stage of development.  The Chinese understand that an improved high quality public realm and uniqueness of environment can play an active role in attracting further investment to an area and raise the profile of the businesses within it.”

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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