For 2017 onwards we are planning to develop the “Silk Road Project”, working with PingHub Middle East and PingHub UK, to secure gallery collaborators all along the silk road originating from China through the Middle East and parts of Russia to Europe.
Please get in touch with us on email firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile: +44 (0) 7944 571524, if you would like to participate in this project, especially if you are able to sponsor, provide venues, contribute resources, labour, contacts, knowledge and logistical support to enable us to develop and operationalise this project.
“The Silk Road or Silk Route was an ancient network of trade routes that for centuries were central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting the East and West from China to the Mediterranean Sea.
While the term is of modern coinage, the Silk Road derives its name from the lucrative trade in Chinese silk carried out along its length, beginning during the Han dynasty (207 BCE – 220 CE). The Han dynasty expanded Central Asian sections of the trade routes around 114 BCE, largely through missions and explorations of the Chinese imperial envoy, Zhang Qian. The Chinese took great interest in the safety of their trade products and extended the Great Wall of China to ensure the protection of the trade route.
Trade on the Silk Road played a significant role in the development of the civilizations of China, the Indian subcontinent, Persia, Europe, the Horn of Africa and Arabia, opening long-distance political and economic relations between the civilizations. Though silk was certainly the major trade item exported from China, many other goods were traded, and religions, syncreticphilosophies, and various technologies, as well as diseases, also spread along the Silk Routes. In addition to economic trade, the Silk Road was a route for cultural trade among the civilizations along its network.
The main traders during this time were a collection of the following countries: Chinese, Arabs, Turks, Indians, Persians, Somalis, Greeks, Syrians, Romans,Georgians, Armenians, Bactrians, and (from the 5th to the 8th century) the Sogdians.
In June 2014 UNESCO designated the Chang'an-Tianshan corridor of the Silk Road as a World Heritage Site”
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