Eastman Cheng: Breathe Residency
12 May – 21 August 2010
Chinese Arts Centre and Manchester Art Gallery are working in collaboration with a local Cheetham Hill women’s group, as part of the Asia Triennial Manchester Festival’s (ATM11) trailblazer project. Both art organisations decided to collectively run a series of workshops based on the principle of learning and exchanging skills and ideas amongst cultures. The project involved working closely with an all women’s South Asian group, NEESA based in North Manchester.
The first phase took place over June and July 2010, with Chinese Arts Centre’s artist in residence Eastman Cheng, leading the workshops. Eastman Cheng is a contemporary artist based in Hong Kong who wanted to explore ideas of home and identity through textiles and sowing skills with the NEESA group. This gave both the artist and the group the opportunity to showcase their own sowing skills, whilst also allowing them the freedom to create experimental and enjoyable soft sculptures. All the individual works created were collected together by Eastman who then sowed the sections together to create a number of installation pieces, which we plan to exhibit during ATM11.