Creative Arts and Exhibitions

Chinese Labour Corps Exhibition

Almost 100,000 men from China was recruited by Britain (and a further 40,000 by the France and the United States) to provide logistical support in Europe during the first world war. When the war ended they stayed on until 1920 to clear the mines. At least 2000 died from shellfire or disease. Their efforts were not formally acknowledged in Britain until 2017 when the first ever official CLC remembrance ceremony was held this week at the Cenotaph in London on 11th November to mark UK Armistice Day. There is a campaign ‘ensuring we remember’ to erect a permanent memorial in the UK. An exhibition of the Chinese labour Corps will be held in the Library of Birmingham, the Chinese Community Centre Birmingham and Wing Yip Chinese supermarket in February 2019.

Cultural Identity

“The world is full of white people eating yellow potatoes, and yellow people eating white rice.” Anonymous.

A project by Frances Yeung, as part of her Fellowship with Birmingham open Media, to explore the lives of Chinese women in the UK, using multimedia such as video and audio, social media and dynamic fun games with Chinese themes to engage the audience. Frances will explore questions such as:

  • What is it like bringing up children in the British landscape?
  • Are we doing enough for our next generation Chinese?
  • Are they turning their backs against their heritage and only care about immersion into the British culture?
  • What does integration mean?

Frances also hopes to encourage the Chinese community to engage more in art and cultural activities, to express themselves through art.


Argentea Gallery and GRAIN are working together to deliver a programme of exhibitions featuring significant contemporary Chinese photographers and internationally renowned photographers from the Magnum Photos Archive to explore cultural, social and economic links with China