Unnatural Selection by Chen Hangfeng

15 Sept – 11 Nov 2012, FCA&C @ St Andrews Museum (Kinburn Park, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, KY16 9DP, tel 01334 659380; open daily Apr-Sept 10-5, Oct-Mar 10.30-4; admission free.

An exciting mix of art using traditional and contemporary media by Chinese artist Chen Hangfeng will receive its only Scottish showing when it is brought to St Andrews Museum by Fife Contemporary Art & Craft from 15 September to 11 November. Chen’s experience as a graphic designer feeds into his witty critique of consumerist society and our relationship to the environment. From intricate paper cuts and rugs to film and installation his work crosses boundaries between art and design.

The exhibition Unnatural Selection is a Bradford Museums and Galleries touring exhibition by Chen Hangfeng who was selected for the Square Mile Project in Bradford 2010 – 11. This project asked people in various cities around the world to map the biodiversity, cultural diversity and aesthetic diversity of their local neighbourhood.

FCA&C’s Director met Chen Hangfeng on a visit to Shanghai in 2010 and she is delighted to bring his exhibition to Scotland. It is part of a wider programme of environmentally related art called the Steep Trail organised by FCA&C with partners Polarcap and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

– Thurs 11 Oct, 11am-1pm: Paper-cutting workshop with Tonia Lu, for 8-12s. Tonia Lu will lead a workshop based on Chen’s intricate paper-cuts, which are themselves inspired by the ancient Chinese tradition of paper-cutting. Cost £3

– Wed 17 Oct, 11am-1pm: Painting & drawing workshop with Jean Duncan, for 8-12s. Join artist Jean Duncan to create a plant for the future using charcoal and watercolour, inspired by the plants depicted in Chen’s installation. Cost £3

To book either of the above workshops, please phone St Andrews Museum – tel 01334 659380 or email standrews.museum@fife.gov.uk.

If your group or school would like a free, guided tour of Chen Hangfeng’s exhibition at St Andrews Museum, please email FCA&C (mail@fcac.co.uk).