Chinese Classics: Arts Practice & 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
  • Classic of Mountains and Seas (3rd Century B.C. to the 1st Century A.D.)

Regional and international artists, Frances Yeung, Leah Lovett and Joey Chin, developed these classics and texts into original artworks, in collaboration with older women, men aged 40+ and carers from the Chinese Community Centre – Birmingham.

Curated by Dr Rachel Marsden, the exhibition will also include contributions from, and documentation of, the Chinese community to celebrate their art practice, and references to Library of Birmingham and Cadbury Research Library collections.

The exhibition will run from 6th March to 31 May 2020.

Chinese Classics: Arts Practice & the Community is a partnership project between the Chinese Community Centre – Birmingham (CCC-B) and Library of Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, as part of China West Midlands 2020 (CWM2020), supported by an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant and Penguin Random House.