Hethersett welcomes Chinese artists for a cultural exchange visit

Lord Mayor of Norwich, David Fullman was one of guests at Hethersett Village Hall welcoming artists

Lord Mayor of Norwich, David Fullman was one of guests at Hethersett Village Hall welcoming artists from China for a cultural exchange visit. Photo: Peter Steward - Credit: Archant

Two very different cultures have come together for a harmonious celebration and display of an ancient art form in Hethersett.

Hethersett welcomed 30 artists from the Guangdong Province in South Eastern China for a cultural exc

Hethersett welcomed 30 artists from the Guangdong Province in South Eastern China for a cultural exchange visit focussing on New years celebrations and Foshan paper cutting. Photo: Peter Steward - Credit: Archant

On February 7, a group of Chinese artists joined local artists and guests to bring a splash of colour and diversity in Hethersett Village Hall.

The visit also celebrated the coming of the Chinese New Year - the Year of the Dog - which starts on Friday, February 16.

More than 30 artists from Foshan in the Guangdong Province of South Eastern China came to Norfolk immediately after touching down at Heathrow Airport in the early hours of the morning.

The visit was part of a Chinese New Year Heritage Culture Exchange and was set-up by Hethersett artist Grace Yan and her husband Alex.

Hethersett welcomed 30 artists from the Guangdong Province in South Eastern China for a cultural exc

Hethersett welcomed 30 artists from the Guangdong Province in South Eastern China for a cultural exchange visit. Photo: Peter Steward - Credit: Archant


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Grace was born in China has lived in England for the past 20 years and in Hethersett for the past five years.

She is also a member of the Hethersett art group which meets in the village hall on Wednesday mornings.

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During the visit the Chinese guests and their English counterparts enjoyed taking part in the ancient art of Foshan Paper Cutting.

An art form which was popular in the Qing Dynasty and became one of the leading exponents of the art in both China and the world.

Hethersett welcomed 30 artists from the Guangdong Province in South Eastern China for a cultural exc

Hethersett welcomed 30 artists from the Guangdong Province in South Eastern China for a cultural exchange visit. Photo: Peter Steward - Credit: Archant

Today, practicing Foshan artists produce modern art with a traditional look.

Guests for the Hethersett event, which was run under a banner of an official visit to the Norwich area, included the Lord Mayor of Norwich David Fullman and Sheriff of Norwich David Walker.

After visiting Hethersett the Chinese artists travelled onto Wales and other parts of the British Isles.

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