A talented young artist from Hong Kong has showcased her work at an exhibition in Nottingham.

City Arts and the Institute of Mental Health have collaborated to exhibit the work of artist Edwina Kung.

Her exhibition entitled Inner Rooms; Inner Minds is showing until 31 March 2023. Edwina who was educated in Hong Kong and around the world, ended up in Nottingham at Nottingham Trent University.

She says she faced many challenges presenting her work as an Asian woman immigrant with language barriers but feels the UK has given her many opportunities.

Edwina’s work is about expressing herself and she spoke about why she believes it is important for everyone to pursue their own creativity and show it to the world.

City Arts was set up in 1977 and began as a collective of artists who set up a community arts-based practice. It is based in Hockley, Nottingham where they have a welcoming and inspiring space.

City Arts’ purpose is to bring art to the community in cities all over the country and provide a platform for those who are underrepresented, believing anyone can be an artist .

Audio: Edwina Kung talks about being proud of your work

City Arts is a registered charity and an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation. Their mission statement sets out the belief that creativity is a human right and they seek to find talent where it might otherwise be overlooked or undervalued.

In so doing they empower creativity and aim to change art and culture in Nottingham and elsewhere.

Alma Solarte-Tobon, City Arts Nottingham’s creative producer, is one of those responsible for supporting young people to allow them to take part in City Arts projects.

Alma Solarte-Tobon

She said they pride themselves on accessibility and their support for mental health. They are involved with the Institute of Mental Health, a partnership between Nottingham NHS foundation and University of Nottingham. Furthermore in 2022 City Arts were awarded over £300,000 of national portfolio funding from the Arts Council for the next three years.

City Arts encompass all artforms enabling individuals to access the arts in different ways. They work with partners and communities and target regular people empowering them in many different ways.