Chinese lives in the picture

A photographic exhibition entitled Chinese Lives in Preston is being held in the Museum of Lancashire
A photographic exhibition entitled Chinese Lives in Preston is being held in the Museum of Lancashire
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The lives of Lancashire’s Chinese residents is being put under the spotlight – at a special touring exhibition.

Organised by the University of Central Lancashire’s Confucius Institute in partnership with Lancashire Cultural Services, Chinese Lives in Lancashire brings together work from a year-long project that invited people of Chinese heritage who live in the county to have their portrait taken for an exhibition.

The exhibition at the Museum of Lancashire runs until April 27 and will tour the county.

The aim of the project is to celebrate the Chinese dimension of Lancashire’s diverse community. More than 150 people volunteered to take part.

Feixia Yu, director of the Confucius Institute, said: “This project has really captured the imagination of the Chinese community in Lancashire.

“It attracted a large number of participants from British born Chinese to ethnically Chinese people from mainland China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and other regions. They come from a broad socio-demographic background from across the county; some of them are new arrivals in Lancashire while others have lived here for over 60 years.”

UCLan photography graduate Kim J Vermeulen has worked professionally for 10 years and shot some of the portraits.

She said:“Portraits offer a privileged glance into the lives of the sitters and I hope the people who visit the exhibition get as much from viewing the photographs as I did taking them.”

The UCLan Confucius Institute project is partially funded by Arts Council England with the support of Lancashire Cultural Services. The exhibition will tour the county until the end of November and some of the work will appear in a book with other images taken of them in their work places. All three photographers, Kim J Vermeulen, Nicola Brophy and Ray Lee, are UCLan graduates.