Shantona helps unveil 'Voices of Asia' Gallery

Asian Express, News Article -  24/04/2014 Click here for the full story.

A stunning new gallery showcasing Asian culture in all its wonder and colour was unveiled at the popular Leeds City museum in April. 

The title ‘Voices of Asia’ was deliberately chosen to represent the many Asian communities that live within the city, the different languages spoken in the continent, and the passion for contemporary film that will be incorporated in the new displays.

The displays, which have been planned in partnership with local Asian community groups as part of an Advisory Network, will stay in the space for around five years, but will change annually to reflect different projects, themes and world faiths.

Researched and developed by the Leeds Museum and Galleries team, who have worked closely with a wide range of local community groups and organisations including South Asian Arts UK, Leeds Hindu Mandir, Hamara, Jamyang Buddhist Centre, Leeds Asian Blind Association and Shantona at Leeds Museum and Galleries, ‘Voices of Asia’ replaces the acclaimed ‘Out of Africa’ gallery which displayed the city’s African collections.

Leeds City Museum, which has welcomed approximately 1.5 million visitors through its doors since opening in 2008, is a free attraction located in the heart of the city on Millennium Square, just a short 10 minute walk from Leeds Railway Station. With four floors to explore and six galleries, the museum provides a comprehensive collection of objects relating to the history and modern age of both the local area and the wider world.

Full details of the ‘Voices of Asia’ exhibition can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/VoicesOfAsia