Chinese Arts Centre
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Chinese Arts Centre is the international development agency for contemporary Chinese artists. In Nov 2003 we opened a new purpose built gallery, designed by Manchester's award-winning OMI architects. The building houses to two state of the art spaces, a large gallery and a more flexible project space, ideal environments in which to celebrate and profile new work.
Visitors can sit back and sample a unique selection of teas in a sumptuously decorated teahouse, featuring Chinese tea urns sourced from China, a first in Manchester, and to buy gifts in the gallery shop, many of which are handcrafted in China and exclusive to Chinese Arts Centre.
Tues - Sat: 10.00 - 17.00
Sun - Mon: Closed
Closed: Bank & National Holidays
Chinese Arts Centre is fully accessible. Admission is free
The main gallery is 150 metres sq and houses Chinese Arts Centre's curated exhibitions and takes in tours from the national and international scene.
The new building offers several ‘physical' facilities for artists' use. The project space of 50 sq. metres will be a studio for resident artists who are taking part in Chinese Art Centre's Breathe residency programme and a space for open studios. We also offer surgeries, advice and consultation services for artists as well as providing administrative support and IT facilities in a purpose built study/resources space.
To compliment our hugely successful artist-lead school workshops and outreach programme, the education suite has the very latest IT facilities available to enhance learning. This will mean that Chinese Arts Centre will continue to be at the forefront of disseminating information about Chinese creativity, from the traditional through to the contemporary. The education suite is also available for conference hire.
Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Film and Media, Fine Art, Performing Arts, Photography
Key artists and exhibits
- Xu Bing; Liu Xiao Xian; Dinu Li; Ming Wong; Gordon Cheung; He An; Anthony Lam; Guo Wei; He Duoling; Shaoyinong and Muchen; Community Museum Project; William Yang; Ellinda Siu; Chun-Chao Chiu; Suki Chan
Lee Mingwei's - A Quartet and A Living Room
Born in Taiwan and currently living in New York City, Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations, exploring issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness. Lee's projects are often open-ended scenarios for everyday interaction, and take on different forms depending on the participants. Time is central to this process, as Lee's installations often change during the course of an exhibition.
For his first solo show at Chinese Arts Centre, he will be presenting two works: The Living Room, taking place for a limited time (28 June – 27 July), will invite volunteers to act as “hosts” in a specially constructed “living room”. These hosts will be asked to fill the room with their own personal collections, sharing and engaging visitors in a dialogue about them. The installation aims to create personal encounters asking questions such as "Why do we collect?" and "What does our collection say about us?" Hosts that will be occupying the space range from a knitting collective, a film enthusiast to a collection of inherited family heirlooms, and many more. So come and spend time in The Living Room, where there will be a different host each time you visit with a warm welcome, good conversation, tea and most importantly, cake! Inspired by the composition the American Quartet (1893) by Antonin Dvorak, The Quartet Project explores sentiments of migration by challenging viewers to expand their familiar aural experience of music to include visual and philosophical elements.
The installation requires the visitor to physically participate to make the artwork complete, where the visitor’s movements within the installation changes what they see and hear of the piece. Lee Mingwei received an MFA from Yale University in 1997. He has had solo shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and has been featured in biennials in Venice, Lyon, Liverpool (2006, 2010), Taipei, Sydney, and the Whitney. Furthermore, he has developed projects for the Echigo-Tsumari and Asia Pacific Triennials.
- Any age
Chinese Arts Centre
Re-Conventional: Graduate Design Show
Preview 21st March 2013 (5:30pm – 7:30pm)
Designer talk in collaboration with Manchester Craft and Design Centre (MCDC): 25th March 2013 at MCDC (6pm)
Re-conventional is a new graduate Design Show celebrating the works of three UK-based Chinese designers, who work across the North West, London and Scotland. The show aims to highlight the changing shift in contemporary design practice and the increasing desire for young designers to reference back to classic and everyday objects for inspiration for their new products. From this year’s Degree shows, there was a clear focus on Contemporary design courses, both for UK and international students. In particular, the UK-Chinese design graduates work took on an organic approach responding to classic design - a visual consequence of an old idea, a vital function or a feeling towards an object.
Re-working these classic objects enables the designers to create a sense of nostalgia and memory for the audiences to respond to, as both a narrative through the object itself, and as a sensory response through the choice of material and ability to interact with the product.
This graduate design show reflects this focal point from three designers perspectives, each working with a similar conceptual belief but with three very unique end products.
Chinese Arts Centre
The Poundshop, founded by designers George Wu, Sara Melin and Sarah Gottlieb in 2010, acts as a platform for designers to sell goods under the strict brief that they are sold within the affordable price bands £1, £5 and £10.They aim to share design, engaging a wider audience by making it accessible through price. For the first time, current members of Poundshop, George Wu and Sarah Melin, will be spreading their designer wings in Manchester, recruiting local designers and showcasing the best of local graduate talent – all at a very reasonable price for you, the lucky customer!
First Step Showcase
Jennifer Yang is a Taiwanese London-based artist, who graduated in 2012 with a MA in Textiles from Central St. Martins. In her practice, she is interested in bringing unique experiences to audience by using contemporary techniques to re-explore classic and traditional crafts. For the First Step showcase, she will display her new installation “Kaleidoscope”. The work consists of large-scale sections of paper origami, which through the clever use of light and colour interact with the viewer depending on their viewpoint around the stairwell.