Saffron Walden Museum celebrates Chinese New Year

PUBLISHED: 13:15 19 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:40 31 May 2010

Saffron Walden Museum's learning officer Aleks Jones with the Chinese Mandala Circles

Saffron Walden Museum's learning officer Aleks Jones with the Chinese Mandala Circles

SAFFRON Walden Museum is celebrating Chinese New Year (Monday January 26 to Wednesday January 28) by displaying a new artwork named Chinese Mandala Circles . The hanging sculpture was created by Essex artist Steve Downey following a workshop last October

SAFFRON Walden Museum is celebrating Chinese New Year (Monday January 26 to Wednesday January 28) by displaying a new artwork named 'Chinese Mandala Circles'.

The hanging sculpture was created by Essex artist Steve Downey following a workshop last October at the museum as part of The Big Draw project. It celebrates the culture of China using colourful designs produced by workshop participants of all ages, who drew their inspiration from Chinese textiles in the museum collections.

Mandalas are circular designs symbolising the universe. They are derived from ancient Hindu and Buddhist art and their name comes from the Sanskrit word for circle.

The next family holiday activities at Saffron Walden Museum will be on the Wednesday and Thursday of half-term week (February 18 and 19) with drop-in sessions from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.

These will be "Hickory Dickory Dock" art and craft sessions connected to the Clock Works exhibition, which runs until February 21. Activities are suitable for all ages, but children must bring an adult, and the usual entrance charges apply.

The Chinese Mandala Circles are on display in the entrance hall of the museum.

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