Voices of Asia is a spectacular new gallery at Leeds City Museum celebrating the sights, sounds, and culture of Asia and the Asian communities right here on our doorstep in Leeds!
Journey through the world’s largest continent by exploring seven themes from Faiths & Festivals to Trade & War, Fashion & Style to Music, Dance, Theatre & Film to Eating Out & Eating In and Faith in Focus!
Why 'Voices of Asia?
The title was deliberately chosen to represent the many Asian communities living within the city, the different languages spoken in the continent, and passion for contemporary film that will be incorporated in the new displays. The displays, which have been planned in partnership with local Asian community groups and a local Advisory Network, will change annually to reflect different projects, themes and world faiths.
Set to last for five years, the gallery will feature a changing programme of displays exploring a different world faith each year along with other fascinating topics related to each theme. Local Asian businesses and performers will also be given the opportunity to feature, presenting a local link between the continent and the thriving multi-cultural city that Leeds is today.
Asian items in our collections
There are over 6,000 Asian items in our collection, which is the result of Leeds people travelling and working in Asia from the late 18th century onwards, as well as a more general appreciation of Asian art that led collectors to buy Asian art here in the UK. In the gallery you will be able to see star objects like our earliest stone sculpture, a Gandhara Buddha from 3rd century AD, a friendly Chinese New Year tiger puppet or a beautifully gilded chest from Myanmar, which is late 19th century.
If you would like to share a story or get involved in the changing programme of the gallery, please contact our Curator of World Cultures, Antonia Lovelace at Antonia.Lovelace@leeds.gov.uk
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