Discover a world of Asian wonders behind Leeds museum’s doors

'Voices of Asia' exhibition at the Leeds City Museum.
'Voices of Asia' exhibition at the Leeds City Museum.
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A WORLD of Asian wonders is waiting to be explored at a Leeds museum.

Today, the new ‘Voices of Asia’ exhibition opens to the public for the first time at Leeds City Museum.

Complete with an impressive Chinese New Year tiger puppet, stunning marble statues of Hindu deities and a huge Chinese temple gong, the exhibition is the first major gallery refresh at the museum since its opening in 2008.

Objects from the Leeds Museum and Galleries collections will be featured as well as a range of donations from the Asian community and local partners and universities.

Even Hello Kitty makes an appearance, as well as old fashioned rag dolls from Gujarat.

Antonia Lovelace, curator of world cultures at Leeds Museums and Galleries, said: “Leeds has great Asian collections and as I’ve been working as curator since 1997, I have grown to know and love them well.

“In 2008 we did the big Chinese Treasures project with Leeds Chinese community, and since then we have also worked with many other British Asian communities across the city.”

The exhibition has been developed by the Leeds Museum and Galleries team, who have worked with South Asian Arts UK, Leeds Hindu Mandir, Hamara, Jamyang Buddhist Centre and Leeds Asian Blind Association.

The exhibit replaces the ‘Out of Africa’ exhibit and will stay in place for around five years.

It will be altered annually to reflect different projects, themes and world faiths.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said: “We are very excited to be opening the new ‘Voices of Asia’ display at Leeds City Museum, which incorporating seven different themes, promises to be a really fantastic place for all the family to visit and enjoy.”

She added: “Our Leeds Museum and Galleries team has worked closely with the local Asian community to capture the unique and sights and sounds of their culture and traditions, and we hope the authenticity of the display will really shine through for visitors.”

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