Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

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






0161 832 7271


0161 832 7513

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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.


  • 10 May — 14 September 2014 *on now

For this First Step showcase the developing project ‘Spectras’ will fill our stairwell walls. This site-specific installation explores points of view and personal opinions, with a dynamic wall made up of thousands of lenticular tiles, highlighting the mass split in local perspectives. He encourages us to look closer at our day to day technology and the impact these complex tools have on us.

Having graduated from the London College of Communication in Digital Media Design in 2011 Chris has exhibited nationally with galleries including Victoria and Albert Museum London (2013), New Gallery London (2011) and festivals including Future Everything Festival Manchester (2013), BBC Music Video Festival and internationally at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Centre in New York, 2013.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Normal Pool Level

Normal Pool Level

  • 3 July — 31 August 2014 *on now

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art is proud to present Spanish artist Jorge Mañes Rubio, founder of Seethisway, and his project ‘Normal Pool Level’, the result of a 2 month long artist residency in China.

Normal Pool Level: ‘Height in metres above sea level at which a section of the river is to be maintained behind a dam.’

In January 2013 Jorge Mañes Rubio decided to travel off season along the Yangtze river to collect objects that reflected the complex changes that have occurred in the area. The dislocation between past and future, tradition and modernity and memory and progress were key to the journey for Mañes; developing an alternative narrative through which a more accurate experience of the area’s transformation was revealed.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly





Nie Zhengjie

Urban Farmers

  • 3 July — 31 August 2014 *on now

CFCCA presents the first ever UK solo exhibition of Nie Zhengjie, 2012 winner of the Liverpool John Moores Painting Prize China. Nie will be the second prize winner to exhibit at CFCCA, and has been invited to join us for a two month residency this summer, which will coincide with the exhibition.

Nie’s winning painting ‘Being’ illustrates the personal narratives of migrant workers in China. The artist explores the notion of migrant workers as a vital force, essential to the rapid development and modernisation of cities, yet as a group often under-represented in the media.

Urban Farmers coincides with the opening of the John Moores Painting Prize 2014 final exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery, as part of Liverpool Biennial.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly