Past Exhibition

  • Steven Lee - East

    Monday 7 April 2014 to Thursday 1 May 2014
    • Steven Lee is a British photographer who after completing his undergraduate degree in Fine Art left the UK in search of something new to photograph. This work is a departure from the experimental projects that he worked on during his studies, and a return to the documentary style that he worked within during the student tuition fee protests.

      His most recent project is not majorly influenced by other artists in the field of photography, but rather Chinese history, literature and poetry. It is their influences that have decided the locations that he has chosen to visit, preferring the historically and culturally relevant to the picturesque.

      His journey across China has taken him from the birthplace of the Wuchang Uprising on the banks of the Yangtze River, the idyllic "Venice of The East" of Suzhou and to the grave of the "Living God of War" Guan Yu, so far. He also feels that the project remains incomplete and is determined to stay out in the Far East until it is finished.

      The artist can be contacted directly at

    • Artists' Statement from Steven Lee:

      "China is rising. After a century of revolution, civil war, sanctions and Japanese occupation it has grown into the world’s second largest economy.

      There are two problems that this presents; firstly in the west we still tend to be rather uninformed about China, all we are taught or told is that they have their own version of New Year, they are communist and have a really big wall somewhere. Given the fact that economically and politically, China’s power is quickly expanding, this view needs to change.

      In reality it is a land full of beautiful vistas, stunning art, and architecture and beautiful literature and poetry. It boasts classic works of literature, art and poetry such as “The Romance of The Three Kingdoms” by Luo Gaunzhong, “Along the River During the Qingming Festival” by Zhang Zeduan and “A Night Mooring by Maple Bridge” by Jhang Ji, all amazing enough to rival western counterparts such as Shakespeare or Leonardo Di Vinci.

      The second problem is that due to rapid development history and culture sometimes gets lost and washed away. To understand how fast China is developing you only need to look at the population boom in the cities. The population of Shanghai has jumped from approximately 13 million in 1983 to 24 million today. Bear in mind that that increase is roughly double the current populous of Scotland.

      This project is intended as an ongoing photo essay exploring the landscape and rich history of a country that is changing and that we still know very little about."