14 March 2013
A key figure from the Chinese Embassy in London has visited the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to officially open an exhibition celebrating Chinese kites and paper cuts.
Mr Fenghe Qiao, the First Secretary of Education Section from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, opened the Wind Birds exhibition at UCLan’s PR1 Gallery which celebrates the Chinese art of kite making and creating art through paper cuts.
Organised by The Confucius Institute at UCLan and set up by UCLan MA Textile students, the exhibition features around 20 handmade kites sourced from all over China, intricate paper cut art work and photos taken by the Northern Kite Group.
Each kite is made from a bamboo frame, paper and nylon with bold prints in a variety of shapes including a giant Beijing opera mask, a boat, a 50ft long dragon and many smaller delicate designs.
Mr Fenghe Qiao commented: “I wish to thank UCLan for celebrating Chinese culture through this fantastic exhibition. All of the work is beautiful and I would encourage people to come along and see the detailed art work in the kites and paper cuts.”
Mr Qiao enjoyed talking to many of the UCLan students studying a degree in Chinese. He was very impressed with the fluency of their spoken Chinese and their knowledge of Chinese culture.
Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall, UCLan Pro-Vice Chancellor, also attended the official opening. He said: “I am pleased to welcome Mr Fenghe Qiao to the University. This exhibition follows the very successful kite flying event that took place in Avenham Park last year as part of the Preston Guild celebrations.”
The exhibition is open to the public Monday to Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm until the 20 March at the PR1 Gallery, Victoria building.
The Director of the Confucius Institute at UCLan, Feixia Yu, added: “The display highlights the power and beauty of paper. Paper making is one of the major inventions of ancient China; many of the kites on display are made of paper, which is strong enough to fly in the sky while the paper cuts are most delicate.
“We feel this exhibition is an ideal combination of yin and yang. Many of the kites have traditional Chinese prints and motifs which are really eye-catching and will inspire visitors to fly their own kites.”