A British Library Touring Exhibition

and RED

January 21 – 18 February 2023 

Join us to celebrate the heritage, history and lasting legacy of our vibrant Chinese communities across the UK.Chinese and British is an exhibition about how Chinese communities have influenced Britain. On loan from the British Library and hosted by Sevenoaks Library in the Kaleidoscope Art Gallery. Join us to celebrate the heritage, history and lasting legacy of our vibrant Chinese communities across the UK. 

Taking its lead from the British Library’s London exhibition. This free display shows this long history through photographs, manuscripts and interviews.

Meet remarkable individuals from British Chinese communities around the UK. Get to know the local business owners who set up Europe’s first Chinatowns. Discover personal accounts from the descendants of merchant seamen. Be inspired by the scientists, artists and writers breaking new ground. Uncover the challenges that British Chinese people have encountered through the centuries, and continue to face today.


24 SVAF Artists respond to the colour RED

Drawing Painting Textile Sculpture Weaving Print Collage

Christina France / Carole Aston / Elaine Almond / Diana Poliak /  Sue Evans
Rosalind Barker/ Cherie Lubbock /  Margaret Devitt /  Deborah Ravetz
Susanne Beard /  David Minton /  Rowena McWilliams / Lesley Lee
Lizzie Hill /  / Frederique Jones / Victoria Granville Baxter / Lydia Carda
Maria Turner / Sarah Cliff /  Lester Korzilius / Kate Grimes /  Richard Heys
Jenny Blackwell /  Adam Green / Deborah Farquharson

Why RED? Red is a popular colour in Chinese culture, symbolizing luck, joy, and happiness. It also represents celebration, vitality, and fertility in traditional Chinese colour symbolism. Red is the traditional colour worn by Chinese brides, as it is believed to ward off evil.

For centuries, red has been China’s colour of power, celebration, fertility, prosperity, and repelling evil. It has been chosen for the robes of high officials, traditional wedding dresses, babies‘ clothing, envelopes for gifts of money, and the walls surrounding the Forbidden City to keep its occupants safe. On Lunar New Year, now as in the past, streets and homes are bedecked with red lanterns, and finery for the day is red or accented by it. Even China’s national flag is red— chosen both as an emblem of the People’s Revolution and as the traditional colour of the Chinese people—summing up the colour’s importance to national identity.

Red in ART is arguably one of the most controversial colours in the entire spectrum. It was one of the first colours that humans managed to perfect the method of reproducing in different hues using red ochre material.


Artists from Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum respond to the challenge of RED order of Gallery hang:

1  Christina France 50:50 (Generator Series)  Digital print

2  Carole Aston Explosion  Collage on foam board Oil on board

3  Margaret Devitt Terra Rossa Oil on board 

4  Frédérique Jones Inconspicuous Weave Tulip wood, watercolour posca pens, tombow pen acrylic

5  Deborah Ravetz RedOil on board 

6  Susanne Beard Firecracker  Felt, canvas, yarn, recycled fabric

7  Diana Poliak Warming to ItMixed media on canvas 

8  Lizzie Hill  RedWire and waste material

9  Rosalind Barker Framed 1 Pencil and poster paint on 70gsm paper

10  Lester Korzilius Différance   Paper and aluminium foil

11  David Minton Maquette Oil, acrylic, canvas and collage on canvas in wooden frame

12  Adam Green Darling leave a light on for me  Mixed media 

13  Chérie Lubbock Ruby Card, acrylic, oil pastel, latex and paper on board

14  Victoria Granville Baxter and Lesley Lee Red Paper/card collage on vinyl

15  Kate Grimes UntitledResin

16  Sarah Cliff  Redtangle Chalk paint, charcoal, wax on paper

17  Jennifer Blackwell RedLines Acrylic and oil pastel

18  Debbie Farquarson New Red  Metallic and acrylic paint with collage on canvas

19  Elaine Almond Encircled by Red Acrylic on canvas 

20  Sue Evans Shady Woven fabrics, spray paint and hand embroidery

21  Lizzie Hill Red Bamboo Bamboo string and nylon thread

22  Maria Turner Manoeuvres in Red Oil on board

23  Richard Heys  Stolen Time 181  Acrylic on canvas

24  Rowena McWilliams Red  Dictionary acrylic paint


25  Christina France   50:50 (Generator series) Digital print 

26  Rosalind Barker Framed 11 Pencil and poster paint on 70gsm paper

27  Lydia Carda Wear and Tear Cotton wool, glue, acrylic paint and metal

Most works are for sale and if you are interested in purchasing please email

ORIGAMI RABBITS  Saturday 21 January

Drop in 10:30 – 1 


Turn your piece of artwork into an origami rabbit

Create an artwork with SVAF artists

Then turn your drawing or painting into Origami  Rabbits 

You can also bring artwork made at home, the paper must be a rectangle 

Suitable for all ages 2 – 90

 Have your rabbits ready for Chinese Lunar New Year on Sunday 22 January

You can leave your rabbits on display at Kaleidoscope Gallery

Saturday 28 January
10:30 – 1
Drypoint Printmaking Workshop

With SVAF artist and printmaker Sarah Cliff

Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Rabbit and be inspired by the current exhibitions at Sevenoaks Library.

Scratch your design onto a printing plate, apply ink, and use a printing press to imprint your image onto paper.

Rabbit template provided for those who prefer not to draw but would like to have a go.

Adults and year 7+ children, due to sharp tools

Bring an apron or wear old clothes as the ink stainsSuitable for all abilities

Booking Essential (8 places only)

SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY Drop In 10:30 – 1 

Lucky Money Envelopes –

At Chinese Lunar New Year, it’s tradition to give the gift of a bright, beautiful red envelope (known as 紅包, hóngbāo) to your friends and family. But not just any old envelope. These symbolize good wishes and luck for the new year ahead. The importance of the hóngbāo is not the cash inside but the actual envelope itself. 

Join SVAF artists to create your year of the rabbit lucky envelope.

Suitable for all ages.





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