Chinese Life in Sheffield 雪埠華人的生活 exhibition at Sheffield Cathedral 2nd – 8th March

Possibly the first time a post here doesn’t start with ‘a few weeks ago…’, or even ‘last year…’, here is some news about something happening soon! Next Monday to be precise. Or Sunday afternoon once we have installed the work and I’ve finished freaking out about things being straight and in order. I’m very excited to be showing this work which has offered me the opportunity to get to know Sheffield’s more established Chinese community, and continue my photographic work exploring Chinese life in the city.

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All are welcome to visit an exhibition of new work exploring the Chinese diaspora in Sheffield. The project forms part of ‘The City as Bricolage’, an Arts Council-funded photographic study, in association with Sheffield Archives and Local Studies Library.

Sheffield has become home to many Chinese people over the years. Families and individuals arriving from Hong Kong in the 1960s and 70s established takeaways and restaurants across the city. Some of these former business owners feature in the portraits on show. The work combines these portraits with personal stories, alongside contextual images depicting daily life and cultural activities connected to the wider Chinese community.  

The exhibition runs from Monday 2nd until Sunday 8th March during Cathedral opening hours. I will be there on Tuesday 3rd from 4.30 – 5.45pm and would love to see you there if you can make it. 

The Confucius Institute are hosting some Chinese cultural and craft activities on Wednesday 4th from 1-3pm which is open to all. 

Photo: Mrs Cheng, who came to Sheffield from Hong Kong in 1976. 

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‘The City as Bricolage’ is a collaborative project between Sheffield Archives and Local Studies Library and Archive Sheffield.  Three local photographers were commissioned to work with different communities in Sheffield to produce a body of work for the archives:  

Numinousness: places of worship in Sheffield by Andy Brown

A portrait of recovery by Rosy Nesbitt

Chinese life in Sheffield by Gemma Thorpe

The project is funded by Arts Council England and Sheffield City Council.