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.

Exhibition of Chinese Classic

Rachel Marsden is working with Chinese and other diverse artists on a visual arts exhibition from March to May 2020 at the Library of Birmingham that explores and re-interprets the themes from a Chinese classic literature for a contemporary audience. At the same, the Birmingham Museums Trust will also set up an exhibition of Chinese porcelain in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

To get involved, please get in touch.

East Meets West Photography

We are thrilled to be collaborating with Birmingham Museums Trust for the China West Midlands 2020 photography competition, the theme of which is photos of Birmingham where ‘East Meets West’.  The exhibition will be held in the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, featuring 25 framed images which will be displayed from January to June 2020.  The 25 framed prints on display will be sold at the end of the exhibition with all proceeds going towards supporting Birmingham Museums Trust, an educational charity (no. 1147014).

This competition is open to residents of the UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and the Republic of Ireland aged 18 years or over.  Photographers are welcome to submit up to 3 individual photographs that capture the extraordinary in the West Midlands region, to explore and examine the remarkable mash-up of Eastern and Western cultures. Your subject matter can be landscape, any physical environment, human interaction and activities, or you can express in conceptual or abstract form.

Further information to be added.


One of the most popular fruits, the apple originated in China from where it spread around the world, borne along the Silk Road and in ships of Empire.
Today, Herefordshire has more orchards than anywhere else in the UK and one fifth of all the cider sold in the world is made in the county. China grows half of all the world’s apples.

THE APPLE WORLD is a partnership between the Brightspace Foundation, the Cider Museum and the National Trust in Herefordshire which together aim to explore the historical and cultural context to England’s orchards and global connections through the apple.

Initially planned as a series of exhibitions in Herefordshire, in response to the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic the physical exhibitions were deferred, and the partners developed a digital exhibition programme. This is based upon a newly commissioned map of the apple world that traces a network of stories about the apple from the ancient world to the present day. Apples & People will highlight just how significant this fruit is to people, and how vital people have been in selecting the rich variety of apples that are enjoyed around the world today. These stories will be released throughout 2021 and 2022 on key dates in the apple’s own calendar.

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