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.

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Opening hours

Tues - Sun: 10.00 - 17.00
Mon: Closed

Closed: Bank & National Holidays

Admission charges

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.

Collection details

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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

30 Years of CFCCA | Stanley Chow

  • 5 February — 21 July 2016 *on now

CFCCA is proud to launch our new limited edition print shop with a series of exclusive works by celebrated Manchester artist Stanley Chow.

We originally worked with Stanley Chow in 2014 when we hosted The Takeaway, a retrospective of his work influenced by memories of his childhood. The exhibition and accompanying sale of his artworks was extremely well attended and a highlight of CFCCA's programme.

inStangram continues the themes from The Takeaway as it presents a series of 30 unique and exclusive designs of food, objects and locations that resonate with Stanley Chow's experience of growing up in Manchester as an English-born Chinese man from Hong Kong. The autobiographical exhibition parodies the popular social network, rebranded in Stanley's own playful style.



30 Years of CFCCA | Xu Bing

  • 5 — 28 February 2016 *on now

In 2003 we invited the internationally acclaimed artist Xu Bing to launch our Thomas Street venue. His exhibition was not only the first in our current building, but his first exhibition in the UK.

Thirteen years later we present another UK premiere – Xu Bing’s Book from the Ground, a novel written in a “language of icons”. This 112 page novel depicts 24 hours in the life of an ordinary office worker, Mr Black, from 7am one morning to 7am the next, as he wakes, eats breakfast, goes to work, meets friends, looks for love online and goes out on a date.

The book has punctuation marks, but no text; in place of words there are pictograms, logos, illustrative signs and emoticons, all taken from real symbols in use around the world.



30 Years of CFCCA | RareKind China

  • 5 February — 27 March 2016 *on now

RareKind Illustration Agency has teamed up with The Temporary to showcase the diverse visual identities of graffiti and street artists from China and the UK, who have been invited to create original work that responds to our 30-year history and the international context of street art.

Graffiti and street art is a global phenomenon still viewed as an underground ‘subculture’. This project goes beyond conventional understandings of graffiti and street art to collaborate with writers, academics, illustrators and graphic designers and will extend beyond the gallery walls into Manchester’s city centre to engage local communities through workshops, public interventions and a tour. This includes collaboration with Outhouse Mcr’s public graffiti spaces in the Northern Quarter from January to March.



30 Years of CFCCA | Cao Fei

  • 4 — 27 March 2016

Cao Fei is a key figure in Chinese art with whom we first worked in 2013. Cao Fei’s work includes video and digital media that explores the culture and daily life of Chinese citizens born after the Cultural Revolution. Cao has captured the fast transformation of contemporary China spotlighting the mixture of foreign influences from America and Japan, through her projects.

CFCCA co-commissioned the film Haze and Fog in collaboration with the University of Salford and Vitamin Creative Space. Haze and Fod was the first work to enter our unique collection of Chinese contemporary art, jointly held with the University of Salford.

Exhibited in the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, Cao Fei's atmospheric La Town takes us on a tour of an alternate reality modelled on our own, constructed from miniature models handmade by the artist herself. Cao Fei's 40 minute film references cinematic classics like Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather and Hiroshima Mon Amour by Marguerite Duras, blurring the boundaries between reality and fiction.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
Market Buildings
Thomas Street
Greater Manchester
M4 1EU






0161 832 7271


0161 832 7513

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