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
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Artwork by Yin-Ju Chen

Exhibition: Yin-Ju Chen: Extrastellar Evaluations II

  • 21 October 2016 — 15 January 2017 *on now

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.


Suitable for

  • Any age



Kirsty  Harris

KIRSTY HARRIS How I Learned to Stop Worrying (1945-2016)

  • 21 October 2016 — 22 January 2017 *on now

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.

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






0161 832 7271


0161 832 7513

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