Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
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The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (formerly Chinese Arts Centre) is leading the UK in exploring a changing international dynamic. Investigating the most exciting contemporary work coming out of China and East Asia today, CFCCA works with a wide array of partners to embrace a global century where Chinese art is moving firmly centre-stage.
CFFCA are leading the sector in showcasing Chinese contemporary art and visual culture, encouraging broader engagement with Chinese contemporary art through a lively and innovative programme of exhibitions, residencies, engagement projects, festivals, international projects and events.
Tues - Sun: 10.00 - 17.00
Closed: Bank & National Holidays
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 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
Darius Chang Jui-Yu: First Step Showcase
- 11 January — 4 May 2014 *on now
Darius Chang Jui-Yu is a Taiwanese artist and recent graduate of the Goldsmiths BA Fine Art degree. Having lived in over 10 cities in 5 different countries since childhood, Darius is greatly influenced by her experiences of different cultures and her place within them. Responding specifically to her current London contemporary and street art scene, Darius has recently been exploring her Chinese racial identity through remixing culture with mixed media.
For her First Step showcase Darius will be re-working the stereotypical cultural references associated with karaoke bars. Darius enjoys art that can ‘brighten up the viewer’s day’ – often weaving together psychedelic imagery, immersive sound experiences and bold graphics. A clash of cultures will sit within our first step stairwell, readdressing what we consider to be a true multicultural life style. Let’s see what happens when cocktail glasses meet green tea!
Darius has worked across the fine art, design and commercial photographic industry and is currently living and working in London. The First Step showcase will be her first solo show in the UK.
- Family friendly
- 17 January — 16 March 2014 *on now
We present the exciting work of UK-based artists, Jamie Lau, Cindie Gottlieb-Cheung and Andrew Lim in a sculptural show, developed by CFCCA, that takes the project title ‘Tipping Point’ as its theme.
The work exhibited is the result of an on-going dialogue between the three artists, who have shared working methods and exchanged ideas about the medium of sculpture. They discussed how sculpture could take on a wider meaning, as a term to describe an approach to working, rather than a medium bounded by traditional materials. Each artist shows their own interpretation of this, presenting a narrative played out in space through unconventional methods.
- Family friendly
Re-Conventional: Graduate Design Show
- 3 October — 4 August 2014
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
- 21 February — 30 March 2014 *on now
Hoax: a deliberately fabricated falsehood made to masquerade as truth
Unknown Monsters is a visual arts experiment that generates hoaxes. A collaboration between artists Rob Dunne and Daniel Staincliffe, their works are based on research carried out in Chengdu, China, into hoaxes, social psychology and mythology.
The project is an artistic examination of the structures of mythology and hoaxes, making an active attempt to generate new hoaxes and disseminate them as fact. The hoaxes used have been derived from research into historical examples of hoaxing, the structure of rumours and the understanding of how belief systems and psychological models affect our acceptance or scepticism of ideas. Letters, emails and online interactions - on forums and video sharing websites - are of particular interest to the project, investigating why and how we believe or disbelieve second-hand information.
These hoaxes include a Chinese bigfoot, a river mermaid, prophetically carved artefacts and a fictitious artist, named as an anagram of Unknown Monsters, whose terrible works based on mythology and conspiracy theories spoof art curators and competitions in the UK. The project documents these hoaxes and their production, along with records of the artists' correspondence with academic and governmental institutions, and interactions with the public. Concerned with the hoaxes' dissemination as fact, the project looks to reveal how and why we choose to believe, or disbelieve, the things we encounter.
Unknown Monsters was developed in Chengdu, China with support from Arts Council England, CFCCA and Blue Roof Gallery, Chengdu.
- Family friendly