Press Release: Immortal Love from Shanghai

4th December 2014

An exhibition of traditional Chinese art - the first time the work has been shown in the UK.

This exciting exhibition is a rare opportunity to see traditional Chinese art brought over especially from Shanghai. Highly respected artists Mr and Mrs Chen have been working with The Chinese Arts Association and leaders from Manchester's China Town to curate the beautiful works you will see. Traditional Chinese skills are used including paper-cut detailed Chinese painting, stone carving for wax seals and traditional Chinese watercolour painting. The artworks explore Chinese culture and traditions, exhibited alongside archive material from The Chinese Arts Association to illustrate the development of Manchester's China Town.

In November and December there will be traditional Chinese demonstrations for the public to join artists Mr and Mrs Chen and Mr La for traditional Chinese paper-cutting, stone carving, painting and Chinese calligraphy.

This exhibition has been kindly sponsored by Williams Manchester BMW, Cathy Pacific and the New Emporer Restaurant, Manchester. Who have all donated raffle prizes including a chauffeured drive with BMW to and from the New Emporer, flights with Cathy Pacific and a signed original artwork by one of the exhibiting artists to name a few. Raffle tickets can be bought through the exhibition.

We also held an official opening on Saturday 15 November with lion dancing and traditional Chinese music and dancing, with light refreshments provided by the New Emporer Restaurant. The exhibition was officially opened by the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford and Mr Zhou Haicheng, Vice Consul-General of The People's Republic of China. Consul Wang was also an invited artist and will be showing some of his work. For more information please contact

Contact for further information, images, quotes etc:

Kellie Brown, Marketing Officer for Heritage Services, 0161 778 0819,
Amy Goodwin, Exhibitions Officer, 0161 778 0883,

Notes for the editor

Salford Community Leisure provides sport, leisure and cultural services in the city. We manage a wide variety of facilities and activities across the eight neighbourhood areas within the city, including sport and leisure facilities, community centres, libraries, community use high schools, museums and the Music and Performing Arts Service.

Salford Museum and Art Gallery presents an exciting programme of permanent displays and changing contemporary exhibitions together with a range of events and activities guaranteed to inspire.

Ordsall Hall - Salford's Grade 1 listed Tudor manor house - was first recorded in 1177. Since then, it has been home to medieval gentry, Tudor nobility, Catholics loyal to the crown, butchers, farmers, an Earl, an artist, priests, scout troops, mill workers, cows and several ghosts!

Today, it is an engaging heritage site open to visitors 5 days a week throughout the year. Surrounded by landscaped grounds, it boasts hands on exhibitions, immersive room settings and a small cafe. 

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