Sheffield Archives and Local Studies Library were recently awarded a grant by the Arts Council for a year-long project called ‘The City as Bricolage’. Three local photographers (Clive Egginton, Andy Brown and Gemma Thorpe) are working with us to document various Sheffield communities.
Gemma Thorpe is working
with the Chinese community in Sheffield. She has started to document key
occasions in the cultural calendar such as the Lunar New Year celebrations including
the dragon dance and lion parade in the city centre and along London Road,
backstage at the Chinese New Year gala in the City Hall, at events run by the
Confucius Institute and at the Sheffield Chinese School presentation day. Gemma
has also photographed a Chinese hairdresser who runs her own business for
Chinese and English-speaking clients in Sheffield. She is planning to
work with older residents in the Chinese community, and is particularly keen to
make contact with a family of three generations all living in Sheffield to show
an intimate portrait of Sheffield Chinese family life.
The photographs created
by the project will be exhibited in Sheffield later this year.
The project will create
a valuable and dynamic addition to the city's archives, helping to ensure that
Sheffield’s diversity continues to be represented in the collections.
Pictured: dancers at the City Hall, Sheffield, 2014 by Gemma Thorpe.