Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
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
Event: Shen Xin: Originally Inclusive
- 17 November 2016
University of Salford, Media City: Thursday 17 November 2016, 6 - 8pm | Free
This experimental live event by artist Shen Xin explores inclusiveness and exclusiveness of individual’s and collective’s understandings of origin through a collaboration of art, science and performance. A new commission, the performance will present three UK based story tellers morphed into hand-drawn abstract animations to deliver scripted passages about their origins and DNA.
Shen Xin was born in Chengdu, China and currently lives and works in London. Foregrounded by moving image work, Shen’s practice concerns the social position of the artist, and engages recently with re-instrumentalising technique, judgment, power and morality.
University of Salford, MediaCityUk
ZHENG HAOZHONG John Moores Painting Prize (China) 2014
- 7 July — 7 August 2016 *on now
CFCCA continues its relationship with the John Moores Painting Prize (China) through a presentation of work by 2014 prize winner Zheng Haozhong.
Born in 1985, Zheng Haozhong graduated from Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2008. A young rising star, he has already attracted the attention of art institutions and private art collections around the world.
Zheng paints the life surrounding him, providing a refreshing look into the changing landscape of rural China today. Working primarily with oil on canvas, his works give us a fresh take on portraiture. Both lyrical and thoughtful, the artist lets the ideas of space and time play out directly in his paintings.
A NEW CHINESENESS The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool. Saturday 30 July 2016, 4pm | Free
- 30 July 2016 4-5:30pm
In partnership with Liverpool Biennial, The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art will present an in conversation event between CFCCA Curator Ying Tan and subject specialist writer/reviewer En Liang Khong. The event will explore the concept of 'Chineseness', a discourse currently being debated in response to Chinese contemporary artists and their perceptions of identity.
The Bluecoat, School Lane
LU PINGYUAN James Stanley, the Seventh Earl of Derby
- 5 August — 16 October 2016
Lu Pingyuan will be working with CFCCA and Liverpool Biennial 2016 to create this new piece of work which draws upon his trademark elements of narrative and imagination.
Upon seeing CCTV footage of a ghost reportedly seen by staff in the pub Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Bolton, Shanghai based artist Lu Pingyuan has decided to use his exhibition at CFCCA to catch it. An attempt to ‘take something back’ from the UK in response to that which was lost the UKs colonialist past.
The pub, which dates from 1251, is the fourth-oldest pub in Britain and is reputedly haunted by the Seventh Earl of Derby, James Stanley. The royalist, whose family originally owned the inn, is said to have spent the last hours of his life there before he was beheaded in 1651 towards the end of the Civil War.
AAAJIAO Remnants of an Electronic Past
- 19 August — 9 October 2016
This year Manchester celebrates its position as European City of Science 2016. To mark this occasion, CFCCA’s programme will explore the boundaries between art and science through the lens of Chinese contemporary art. Opening this programme is Remnants of an Electronic Past, a solo exhibition from Shanghai based new media artist 'aaajiao'.
Trained as a computer programmer, aaajiao works extensively with new technologies through his work (even his artist name comes from the handle of his online presence).
Through reproduction of sculptural elements to represent a ‘digital graveyard’, aaajiao uses his own unique approach to contemporary technology to contemplate what happens to obsolete versions of software as technology moves forward asking the question, where does software go to die?
Dani Ploeger: Retired Cybernetic Organism #2
- 24 September 2016 4-5pm
Dani Ploeger is interested in the spectacles of sex, violence and waste in technoconsumer culture. His work encompasses computer programming, electronics, hacking, cultural theory and performance. His artwork has been shown at festivals including transmediale (Berlin), WRO Media Art Biennale (Wroclaw), RIXC (Riga).
Tarot Card Reading Workshop: Yin-Ju Chen
- 18 October 2016 6-8pm
Led by artist Yin-Ju Chen, this workshop will invite participants to learn the art of tarot card reading and hear more about the artist's unique practice.
Godlee Observatory, The University of Manchester
Godlee Observatory, The University of Manchester
Exhibition: Yin-Ju Chen: Extrastellar Evaluations II
- 21 October 2016 — 15 January 2017
Gallery 1: 21 October 2016 – 15 January 2017, Preview: Thursday 20 October, 6-8pm
CFCCA invites Taiwanese artist Chen Yin-ju to exhibit Extrastellar Evaluations II, an exploration of cosmic events and human behaviour through the processes of mythology, scientific research and artistic response. This exhibition is part of an ambitious co-commission between CFCCA and Liverpool Biennial to mark Manchester’s position as International City of Science this year.
This exhibition is the culmination of Yin-ju’s research into the customs and practices of the Lemurians; once inhabitants of the lost continent of Lemuria said to be located in the Pacific Ocean. After the mythological event of the sinking of the land of Lemuria, it is said that some Lemurians returned to their home planets, but some remained on Earth. Throughout the 1960s, it is believed those who remained used conceptual art to transmit hidden messages to outer space. In Gallery 1, Yin-ju’s works will recreate and interpret some of these channelled messages – through the medium of minimalist, monolithic sculptures.
A multidisciplinary artist, Chen Yin-ju’s practice spans the mediums of video, photography, drawing and installation with a primary interest in exploring the relationship between cosmic events and human behaviour. This exhibition has been supported by the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture.
- Any age
KIRSTY HARRIS How I Learned to Stop Worrying (1945-2016)
- 21 October 2016 — 22 January 2017
How I Learned to Stop Worrying (1945-2016) is an audio work whose name derives from the 1964 satirical film Dr Strangelove. It presents a musical account of every officially recorded nuclear explosion (including China) using eight instruments to represent each of the countries that partook. In the duration of the piece each second corresponds to a month in history and each new note depicts a specific bomb.
Accompanying the soundscape, Harris’ cyanotypes spill from above, the square inches of silk corresponding to the yield of China’s first atomic text in 1964. On wooden blocks around the space, delicate silverpoint drawings explore these fleeting moments of history with meticulous detail.
MOVISEE: YEN-TING CHO
- 22 October 2016 10am-5pm
In collaboration with the Manchester Science Festival, CFCCA presents MoviSee an interactive and participatory event using the movement of the human body as a starting point. Become part of the artwork and explore the science and technology behind it at this unique collaborative performance suitable for all ages.
Museum of Science and Industry
Liverpool Rd, Manchester
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
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