Poignant portrait of Chinese life

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A timely homage to our Chinese community will take to the road in 2014...10 years after the Morecambe Bay cockling tragedy.

A touring photography exhibition will show the daily lives of Chinese people who live in the region.

Organiser the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is calling on the Chinese community to get involved.

The project will offer free photography lessons to Chinese people of all ages living in Lancashire.

They will learn photography techniques to help record their daily lives in a way that is visual, engaging and inspiring. Photographs generated by the initiative will appear in two exhibitions over the project’s duration, celebrating the work and lives of the local community and forging a deeper community spirit.

Feixia Yu, director of UCLan Confucius Institute, said: “The project will hopefully encourage Chinese locals to come forward and share their stories, creating an archive that can be enjoyed by current and future communities.

The exhibition will be one of many events taking place next year to mark the 10th anniversary of the disaster at Bolton-le-Sands in February 2004, when 23 Chinese cockle pickers died.

For more information about the project and to find out times and venues of workshops and portrait sessions, please call 01772 894242.