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.

Health Records

  • 11 December 2015 — 24 January 2016

Health Records is an exhibition of new work by artists Claire Tindale and Niki Colclough created in response to their experience delivering workshops on the Renal Unit at the Manchester Royal infirmary. The project was delivered in collaboration with CFCCA and Kidneys for Life

CFCCA's engagement programme works with artists to connect with individuals and communities, exploring themes such as cultural and social diversity as it supports UK audiences to better understand Chinese contemporary society through art. In Health Records the artists use practices developed through cultural exchange to respond to the personal identities and narratives of the patients on the Renal Unit.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Artist in Residence: Enoch Cheng

  • 13 — 20 December 2015

Enoch Cheng is an artist, director and writer. He received his MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, London, and his BA in English Literature and Art History at The University of Hong Kong. His practice involves the moving image, theatre and performance.

He made his debut film, Queen's Encounter in 2011. The film looks at the everyday subtleties in contemporary urban lives through seemingly mundane conversations - themes that he explores through his later works.

Since Queen's Encounter, Cheng has produced a number of films (Before Friday, I Hope You Don't Mind, All this happened, more or less: Olympiades, Operation Pina4) and two plays (Fishy Stories, Destination) with the support of Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Art Basel Hong Kong. His works explore recurrent themes of place, travel, fiction, memory, time and destination which he will continue to explore through his residency at CFCCA.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Soup 15

  • 18 — 20 December 2015

The Manchester based Soup Collective was forged from a background of live visual and film events, acting as a cross-over for musicians and artists. At the heart of Soup Collective projects is a desire to spark collaborations that lead to exciting, and often new, outputs.

To celebrate 15 years of playing, learning and creating, Soup Collective will be hosting Fifteen, a retrospective event, bringing things back to their love of projected light to showcase some old and new works.

Suitable for

  • Any age



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.

Both Sides Now

  • 25 September — 6 December 2015 *on now

Preview: Thursday 24 September 2015, 6-8pm – places limited
Associate Curators: Isaac Leung (Videotage, Hong Kong) & Jamie Wyld (videoclub, UK)

Artists’ film and video works from the UK, China and Hong Kong spanning a quarter century will be presented in a new exhibition that seeks to draw comparisons between the identity and culture of China and the UK.

Both Sides Now: It was the Best of Times, it was the Worst of Times? at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) in Manchester, 25 Sept-6 Dec 2015, is part of a six-month programme of screenings, exhibitions and residencies involving 15 arts organisations in the UK, China and Hong Kong.

Moving image pieces by artists working in China & Hong Kong, including Birdy Chu, Lu Yang, Wong Ping, Ellen Pau and Map Office, will be exhibited alongside work by UK filmmakers David Blandy, Lucy Clout, Ben Rivers, Daniel Shanken and Rachel Maclean.
Both Sides Now is curated and produced by videoclub (UK) and Videotage (Hong Kong) in collaboration with CFCCA.



Enoch Cheng: Open Studio - Funny Water

  • 17 December 2015

Funny Water takes Manchester as the location to make a film/installation imagining the city as a site for contemporary myths. To Enoch, Manchester is a city layered with many histories, within its street signs, monuments, canals, architecture, parks etc. It is a city full of the fragments of time. For his open studio Enoch will draw upon references to the city (historical events, art, music, films, personal stories and so on) and combine them with ancient mythologies to create new tales using film, objects and performance.

The title, Funny Water, doesn't strictly refer to humour but the impression that something is uncanny or unfamilliar.

Suitable for

  • Any age



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






0161 832 7271


0161 832 7513

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