Artist’s Statement

As part of Lancaster Chinese New Year Festival 2016, artist Pui Lee is doing a residency at Lancaster City Museum, where she will be creating an exciting new artwork for exhibition as well as delivering a series of creative workshops for members of the public. (28th January – 31st January 2016).

“After doing research, I was initially inspired by this Chinese folk tale that I found called, ‘Flower Dragon’. [See story] Maybe not many people know of it but I think that there are some important lessons to be learned from it. China has such a rich and diverse culture dating over thousands of years – and this project is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate that!” says the artist.
“I was keen that the project also made references to local themes as well as to promote cultural diversity. I will be using the residency as an open workspace to create a beautiful and plentiful garden-inspired installation, which will get exhibited at a later date. …I am visualising an environment full of vitality and promise – a site of peace and wonder, which cultivates goodness and happily-ever-afters!”

The installation will feature elements from the folk tale including giant oversized flowers (-including the famous Lancaster Rose), 3 golden necklaces with sparkling jewels, the golden dragon and a kaleidoscope of butterflies. The overall artwork will contain a mixture of both 3D and 2D pieces, which will get arranged into the final exhibition space. Pieces from the installation will also appear at the carnival day on Sunday 31st January as well.

Members of the public are also invited to join in all the fun and help create parts of the installation at the family-friendly drop-in workshops on Saturday 30th January 2016 at:

  • 10am-12pm
  • 12pm-2pm
  • 2pm-4pm

All materials will be provided. All welcome.

Last updated: 26 September 2017

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