China in Yorkshire
What was China in Yorkshire?
China in Yorkshire was a museum and arts festival that took place during 2008 when China hosted the Olympics. Museums and galleries in Yorkshire worked with their local Chinese communities to celebrate their Chinese collections and Chinese cultural activities in the region.
Leeds Museums and Galleries has over 1,900 Chinese items in its collections, and displayed over 400 of these in 2008. Leeds organised two exhibitions in partnership with groups like the Leeds Chinese Community Association.
Chinese Treasures was at Lotherton Hall near Aberford
China, Local and Global was in the Central Library Leeds
The exhibitions covered the following themes:
To & Fro (connections between Yorkshire & China), Festivals and Faiths, Food & Drink, Clay & Ink, Fashion & Finesse, Performance and Play.
The project was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Renaissance Yorkshire.
For more information about China in Yorkshire, projects, Chinese objects, interactive games and more, click on the links below!
Linked resources on My Learning:
- My Favourite Chinese Things!
A look at some of the chinese objects that children from Leeds Community Chinese School treasure and why!
- A Chinese Women's Group Creates Textiles
Inspired by the collections at Temple Newsam House, Leeds Museums and Galleries.
- Yong's China Quest!
An interactive game inspired by China in Yorkshire.
- Chinese Handling Box
Created for and inspired by Temple Newsam House, created by artist Suna Xie.
- Reconstructing Victorian Chinese-Silk Fabric
Follow the reconstruction of Victorian Chinese silk curtains dating from the late Victorian period at Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley.
- The Art of Cloisonné
Step-by-step pictorial guide to this ancient Chinese handicraft.