Chinese Classics exhibition opens at Library of Birmingham

Arts Practice and the Community

Poster advertising Chinese classics event

Curated by Dr Rachel Marsden. With artists Joey Chin, Leah Lovett and Frances Yeung

Chinese Classics: Arts Practice and the Community is a visual arts project exploring the relevance of Chinese classical literature today, through dialogue and discovery between artists and the Chinese community in Birmingham.

The project uses three pieces of Chinese classical literature, The Butterfly Lovers (Tang dynasty 618-906); Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio (1740) by Pu Songling, and Classic of Mountains and Seas (3rd Century B.C. to the 1st Century A.D.) as the starting point. To examine these classics and texts, regional and international artists, Frances Yeung, Leah Lovett and Joey Chin, developed workshops to collaborate with older women, men aged 40+ and carers from the Chinese Community Centre - Birmingham. The groups and artists explored themes of family, folklore, gender, language, love, mortality, myth, nature and society.

In response the artists have created new and original artworks to translate and give new meanings to classics and texts directly inspired by the experiences of the Chinese community.

Dates: Friday 6 March to Saturday 30 May 2020

Location: The Gallery, Level 3, Library of Birmingham

Times: 11am to 7pm (Monday and Tuesday.) / 11am to 5pm (Wednesday to Saturday)

Charge: Free

Article posted 5 March 2020

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