Express Yourself Art Competition Winners

In December 2020, we hosted our very first Express Yourself Art Competition. Open to all participants of our Art for Wellbeing workshops, we wanted to see how you had been inspired to get creative during lockdown (and beyond!).

We were truly delighted by the high quality, colourful entries we received. Our judging panel carefully reviewed each artwork, and scored them on creativity, skill and theme. Thank you to our special guest judges Lin Chau, Pui Lee and Fiona Tong for their support.

It’s now time to announce our three lucky winners! Congratulations (in no particular order) to Sintija Plāce, Samantha Ann Robson and Maria Frank. Take a look at their artworks below, and read more about their inspiration.

Sintija Plāce – Self Portrait

‘The submitted work is one of the many that were created during the Blind Drawing/Connecting with Yourself workshop … As I was not glimpsing, nor trying to make my drawing visually direct or pleasant on purpose, I felt as if I did let go of my ‘persona creating self’. … Last portrait was accompanied by colours and shades which represented my mood of that night. … This exercise perfectly shows that the best unintentional results come when we allow our senses and emotions to flow without strain in our minds and no eraser by our side.’

Samantha Ann Robson – Beach Treasures

‘I found both … classes helped me build my confidence in drawing and expressing myself through art, as well as giving me some really helpful tips for improving my drawing. I also found them really calming during this very frightening time, and gave me a sense of being in contact with others. … I chose the beach treasures, including shells and a wooden ice cream spoon for my still life subject, as it expresses how everything really is in the eye of the beholder. … A little wooden ice cream spoon may look like rubbish to or act as a reminder of a blissful day at the beach… It’s all in the perception. ‘

Maria Frank

‘The drawing I submitted includes my real furry family of two cats and one dog enjoying a moonrise. … My subjects include nature, animals, and everyday things in life. … I found these workshops inspiring and they re-energised my desire to create art and to learn more about technique, perspective, materials, etc. … I’ve been yearning to draw and learn how to paint, and the pandemic provided time and opportunity (via online workshops) to do so. … The instructor’s very positive approach to drawing helped me work through self-criticism and encouraged me to stick with my work (i.e. work through seeming “mistakes”) until satisfied with the result. … They have made a huge difference in my life during this difficult time for the world.’

Chinese Community Library

Ricefield was delighted to open our new Chinese Community Library in October 2018. Housed in Baltic Chambers, we hold a diverse collection of Chinese and English language books related to Chinese culture, art, history, philosophy, medicine and much more.

The library is part of our When Red, Go Green project, funded by Climate Challenge Fund. The library offers a space for community workshops and events, as well as promoting a circular economy through the sharing and reusing of resources.

The library room is open weekly on Wednesdays, 12-7pm. It is also the venue for a range of Chinese culture and climate change events and workshops.

The room is also available throughout the year for hire. Located in the city centre, close to transport links and offering competitive rates, it is the ideal locations for meetings, workshops and small events. Find out more here.

You can join for a free as a member at the library or via the When Red, Go Green website. To find out more about the project and the collection visit their dedicated website.

We are seeking donations to expand our collection. If you are interested, please contact our When Red, Go Green team to arrange delivery.

When Red Go Green: New Website

Visit When Red Go Green’s new website!

Our When Red, Go Green project is funded through the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF). The CCF provides funding and support for community groups to help tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions. Ricefield Arts have been awarded £132,708 for this two year project. This project has been supported by Keep Scotland Beautiful and CEMVO Scotland. Find out more at

Ricefield Art’s When Red, Go Green project aims to increase climate change awareness and encourage sustainable living in our Glasgow community.  We will achieve this through our 3 main sub-projects: Grow & Cook, Pace & Pedal and Reuse & Reduce. The activities programme for the next two years is varied, including the development of our own Chinese book library and community garden, free cycling, sewing and growing workshops, swap shops and climate change conversations.

Interested in reducing your carbon footprint? Visit the site for more about upcoming events, as well as hints and tips on our forum.

CCF Project

Ricefield Arts is happy to have been awarded funding from the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) for a two year project aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of our community: When Red, Go Green. We will receive  £132,708. More details about this multi-faceted project coming soon.

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) is a Scottish Government grant programme, managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful. The CCF provides funding and support for community groups to help tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions. The CCF has awarded 1,097 grants totalling £101 million to 658 communities since its introduction in 2008, for projects involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency.

Find out more at





Poaceae & Chameleon

Ricefield Arts was delighted to host poet Larry Butler, as part of Voluntary Arts Scotland’s My Time project. You might have spotted him at our events last year, including a special appearance as a Christmas bell in the Glasgow Style Mile Carnival, and a guest at our Tea Ceremony.  Larry also spoke to volunteers, members of the Ricefield team and our founders, to keep a better idea of our work and its impact on the Scottish community.

He has recently completed an original poem all about Ricefield, which we’re excited to share with you. You can also catch Larry reading Poaceae & Chameleon live, including at the Scottish Poetry Library. Visit the Voluntary Arts Scotland site for more info about upcoming events.


This summer Ricefield partnered with SURGE to produce a brand new street theatre performance. Overseasoned was developed from working with Glasgow’s Chinese and multi ethic communities, and used original characters and design. The walkabout piece featured a group of clumsy chefs causing chaos in the streets of Glasgow, and was performed at Glasgow Mela and the Merchant City Festival.

Ricefield volunteer Ulyana was part of the performance team:

‘My experience with street theatre started because of Glasgow Mela 2017. To describe it simply as ‘good’ would not do it justice, every time I tell the story it is a little different. I have been inspired by being part of something so unusual, funny and interesting. Before visiting Glasgow this year I had never taken part in this kind of activity, it was something new to me; a new challenge for myself and my capacities.

During the street theatre performance I got to try a completely new profession, I became a chef. Unfortunately though, not a very good chef. The kind of chef who should probably be in a different kind of job. However, it was really very fun. When you get to ‘try on’ another life or profession, no matter if it’s positive or negative, it’s always exciting. From this new perspective you can see an absolutely different side of yourself.

The most important and memorable part of the street theatre, of course, was the audience. When you can see smiling faces and feel the joy of other people, and know that it is thanks to you, the feeling is priceless. It’s a great feeling to know you can improve someone’s day through your role.

Taking part in this performance has given me really wonderful memories. Having a chance to be an actress, and sample another life, was amazing. I would recommend street theatre to anyone. I have already tried it, now, what about you?’.

Chinese Craft Fair

Ricefield Arts is now holding Chinese craft fairs, bringing Chinese arts and culture to local communities around Scotland. At these events, you’ll have the chance to purchase a range of traditional Chinese items, as well as authentic snacks. We also exhibit artworks by local artists inspired by Chinese art practice. On top of that, you’ll have a chance to watch East Asian crafts in action, including calligraphy, origami or kite making. You might even catch a Chinese music performance!

Below is a selection of photos from our craft fair at in collaboration with Gilded Lily in Govan. Check back on our events page, or on our Facebook for more information about upcoming fairs.


Chinese Street Theatre with Surge

Recruiting VAF Project Volunteers

VAF Project – A New Initiative for Ricefield Arts & Cultural Centre

Ricefield has developed a plan for 2015 and early 2016 which involves diversification and development of the services we provide. We have been conducting extensive research into the changing needs of the Chinese community in Glasgow and have decided to focus on the following areas: Volunteering, Older people, and Welfare & Benefits Advice

Our research has highlighted that these are areas where few Chinese people are accessing mainstream services but where there is growing need. Our initial project will involve the recruitment and training of volunteers particularly from within the Chinese community who fall within these demographics or who display an interest or experience of working with these client groups. The volunteers will initially support the research and development of  two particular area:

  1. Senior Social Activities Club
  2. Welfare and Benefit Advice within Community

 The volunteers will form part of a research and development team under each project area and will receive an induction, governance training, learn about project development and how to conduct community research/consultation into their chosen area of focus. Volunteers will develop the services supported by our Volunteer Project Coordinator with the clear aim that they will take ownership of their chosen project area (either older people’s services or Welfare and Benefit Advice) long term using Ricefield’s resources and connections.

The project will look to involve young people 16-25 as well as older people up to 65 in this project to enhance and improve intergenerational relationships. The young people can help in either project and will be supported to work towards ‘Saltire Awards’ and enhancing their CVs.

The recruitment of  volunteers in the VAF Project is ongoing and will carry on to service for those in need to beat isolation within our community. We are now recruiting:

  • Senior Social Activities Coordinators – To create, plan and organise activities such as Chinese and Asian Arts, Music, Calligraphy, Plant seedlings, incorporate with Ricefield Workshops to run the once fortnightly sessions within the local Chinese Elderly Centres and other Community Groups in Garnethill and North of Glasgow area.
  • Event and Community Coordinators – To help with planning, setting up of Events, liaise with participant groups, communication and public relations work.
  • Researchers on Welfare and Benefits Advice– To assist and develop the work of liaison in between clients / users with Welfare Benefit Advisers from public sectors, such as NHS, Citizen Advice, DWP, Job Centres, Referrals, etc. based on one to one sessions.

Please sign up on the Volunteer page or e-mail and state the particular roles from the above you are interested in. Thank you for volunteering with this diverse and meaningful project to help beat isolation within our older community members.

CCA Cooking Pot Project

Ricefield is really proud of partnering with CCA Glasgow to bring events as part of the Cooking Pot Project.


Upcoming events:

Ricefield Chinese Potluck Dinner (Vegetarian) at The Project Cafe, Wednesday 9th December, 2015 at 18:00

Ricefield’s Chinese Potluck Dinner focuses on the sharing of Chinese food, recipes inspired by the past and present Glaswegian Chinese community and the stories surrounding it. We invite the community to bring your homemade Chinese dish and enjoy a good meal with others. Whether it’s soup, rice or noodle dish or dessert, come with a prepared dish and share your story.


We are building a community project centred around the design of a Ricefield Chinese & Community recipe book and we would love you to be a part of it by contributing your recipe and story of your favourite Chinese dish. Please e-mail your recipes or to get involved in the design!
Please note: As The Project Cafe is a vegetarian cafe, all dishes must be vegetarian. Thank you for your cooperation.

Free – RSVP here


Past events:

Dumpling Night at The Glad Cafe, Tuesday, 15 September 2015 from 19:00 to 22:00

Discover the broad variety of regional Chinese dumplings and the family traditions that are embedded within their preparation, through their different techniques, flavours and assorted styles.Learn, discuss and participate in the preparation and cooking of the dumplings, and of course end the evening with enjoying the tasty selection of dumplings that you and others have made!

Click here to buy tickets!


Chinese Bakery at bakery47, Monday, 28 September 2015 from 18:00 to 21:00

As part of the Mid-Autumn Festival in China, family and friends gather to offer and share the special baked festival food – mooncakes. At bakery47 learn about the symbolic importance, variety of styles, flavours and most importantly skills involved in making mooncakes. This is also an opportunity to discuss Chinese baking, its range of products and cultural influences, and of course an opportunity to taste test too! – Book tickets here


Ricefield Garnethill Community Dinner at The Project Cafe, 134 Renfrew St, Sun 4 October 2015 6pm, Free


To find out more about the premise of the project and all of the other exciting events and groups involved click here



Do you love cooking or eating Chinese food? If so please get in touch with us to discuss how you could be part of our Ricefield Recipes/ CCA Cooking Pot projects and videos!  e-mail us at



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