This evening we hurried along to UCLan’s PR1 Gallery to catch the last few hours of Wind Birds, an exhibition of beautiful Chinese kites and papercuts.
Organised by UCLan’s Confucius Institute the exhibition featured colourful dragons, boats and birds suspended from the ceiling and tethered to the hand of a Chinese papercut figure.
These colourful creations crafted from strong paper and bamboo can often be seen swooping above Chinese cities on a clear day. For last year’s Preston Guild UCLan’s Confucius Institute organised a Chinese Kite Festival in Preston’s city centre Avenham Park.
Just fifteen miles from the coast Preston is a pretty windy city and Avenham Park, with its natural bowl shape, is the perfect place to fly a kite. I’ve often took my son there to fly his, although it doesn’t compare to these beautiful creations.
UCLan’s Confucius Institute is a partnership between the Univeristy of Central Lancashire and Beijing International Studies University and Hanban. Since it was established in 2008 it has been working closely with local education authorities, schools, and colleges by supporting their provision of Chinese language and culture courses and taster days.
The PR1 Gallery is located in UCLan’s Victoria Building, Preston, PR1.