Located in the heart of Beijing, Meridian Space is a creative hub that brings together people, ideas, and products from all other the world, to provide renewed sources of inspiration and enjoyment.
Meridian Space is home to a quiet cafe providing tasty food and drinks, but it is also an art gallery, a live music venue, an outpost for bike culture in Beijing, and a cross-cultural laboratory where to attend high-quality workshops for children and adults.
Have a drink or a bite at & Café
Set inside Meridian Space, & Café provides a wonderful experience of excellent coffee and tasty cakes.
& Café stands as a subtle and enticing blend of East and West, taste and design, freedom and nature, people and good products. Such is the meaning of the ampersand & symbolising the spirit of this place.
& Café offers specially-selected, high-grade coffee and tea; a creative culinary blend of Western and Chinese cakes and other sweets, featuring seasonal specialties; and last but not least, wonderful wine and beer.
Our patio, complete with fountain and fish pond, is the perfect place to relax with some friends — and weather allowing, to launch new bike explorations across Beijing.
The Meridian Art Lounge: Bicycles and Inspiration
Meridian is partnering with the young, innovative and Beijing-based bicycle company 700Bike. While offering its space and walls to exhibitions and cross-cultural events, Meridian Space’s Art Lounge also acts as a breeding ground for Beijing’s modern bicycle culture.
700Bike is currently showcasing four state-of-the-art bikes designed specially for young urban dwellers: Houjie, Houjie MINI, Meishuguan, and Baihua. Products and spare parts from legendary providers such as Brooks or Chrome are also on offer, as well as funky bike-themed memorabilia.
Apart from bike-related events, Meridian’s favourite performances, exhibitions and cutting-edge screenings are still taking place in the Art Lounge – check out our events program to see what’s happening.
Learn and share at a Meridian Workshop
Organised on a periodical basis, Meridian Workshops bring you innovative, cross-cultural learning avenues for both children and grown-ups.
Kids may learn more about the different cultures of the world, while adults will find chances to learn skills and crafts from different cultures with the help of great teachers, often with an environmental and sustainable twist.
Our workshops also include presentations and conferences by artists and scholars from all over the world.
Meridian时差 is a creative, cross-cultural organisation, and an open-minded editorial body which aims at promoting and publishing within China original picture books from all over the world. An important goal of ours is to make Chinese readers more familiar with “adult/literary/non-fiction” picture books and graphic novels, and to become an important player in this field.
In 2011, we launched and carried forward the Fairy Tales of the World project, which gathered ten picture books, written and illustrated by artists from ten different countries of the world.
In 2013 began our collaboration with Chinese writer, painter and illustrator Xiong Liang, who became our first major partner in creating and publishing picture books for the adult readership. After the success of his book The Solar Terms, which garnered many prizes and was featured at several international book fairs, we recently published his new opus — Tales of Darkness.
Xiong Liang is a painter, illustrator, and a pioneering Chinese picture books author, whose works have garnered widespread attention and praise in China and the rest of the world. Born in 1975 in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, he is now based in Beijing.
Xiong Liang’s visual art emphasizes lines and darkness, and draws many of its essential qualities from traditional Chinese art. The characters and sceneries in his works are evocative, poetic, and full of life. His creative output is multidisciplinary, and includes adult graphic novels, children’s books, novels, plays, and contemporary ink paintings.
As part of our ongoing creative collaboration with him, Meridian时差 is managing the sales of Xiong Liang’s original paintings and illustration works.
Meridian 时差 (shíchā) is a cross-cultural organization which aims at promoting cultural exchange and artistic creation, in China and the rest of the world — regardless of any boundaries of time, space or culture. It was born and established in 2010, in Beijing. Meridian currently focuses on publishing projects, exhibitions, and the organisation of various culturally meaningful events.
Meridian Space (时差空间), an events venue, gallery and café which opened in April 2014, aims at bringing new sources of inspiration, creativity, and mutual learning to curious minds of all cultures.
Borderline is an ongoing series of events hosted or curated by Meridian 时差, dedicated to avant-garde and/or experimental sound, performance arts, visual arts, and indie cinema. Borderline events are occasions to explore new creative territories — and sometimes go a little insane.
The workshops provided on a regular basis at Meridian Space are designed for children and grown-ups. Kids may learn more about the different cultures of the world thanks to courses based on the contents of the Meridian picture books, while adults will find chances to learn skills and crafts from different cultures thanks to the help of great teachers, often with an emphasis on environmental protection and sustainability. Our workshops also include lectures and talks by authors and scholars.
Meridian Publications bring together top-quality, inspiring and innovative picture books and graphic novels for children and adults. Contents are either edited and curated by Meridian 时差 or translated, and may occasionally lead to exhibitions at Meridian Space and the production of related design items.
Meet our Design Consultant:
Wang Hui 王晖
An architect, urban planner, product designer and artist, Wang Hui is a prominent figure among young contemporary Chinese architects. It is largely thanks to him that Meridian Space exists in its present shape.
In Beijing, he is particularly noted for his work on Zuoyou Café and Today Art Museum. The work he did on the design of Pingguo Primary School (Ali, Tibet) and of Lion Grove Garden (Suzhou) is part of the permanent collection of the National Art Museum of China.