Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
0161 832 7271
0161 832 7513
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
An Artist in Chongqing
- 6 — 26 January 2014
Antony Clarkson is a practicing international artist and lecturer on Visual Arts Programmes in both the UK and Europe. His situation-specific practice encompasses many themes as it explores the nature of inspiration. Working with diverse materials and techniques, Antony’s work looks at ‘potential’ within materials and spaces.
In 2012 Antony took up a two month residency at 501 Artspace in Chongqing, China during which he spent time learning about growing Chongqing and its evolution as a city, as well as the effects of this on its inhabitants. Antony was particularly keen to draw parallels between industrious Chinese society and Manchester’s cultural heritage. From this residency emerged a preoccupation with the spread of illumination within space, producing a unique installation exaggerating and extending shafts of natural light within the rectangular gallery space.
Antony will take up residence at CFCCA for two weeks to reflect on and share his experiences from Chongqing and a new installation will take shape in the Residency studio for you all to immerse yourself in a piece of China.
- Family friendly
The Mane Attraction - Chinese New Year Project
- 14 January — 10 February 2014
Local illustrator and pattern designer Lydia Meiying has been selected as our artist-in-residence for Chinese New Year 2014, the year of the horse. Lydia will be working with a host of local school and community groups, as well as our public visitors, to take over our window space with a fabulous horse themed installation!
Taking inspiration from traditional Chinese lanterns where patterns come to life through light and shadow, Lydia will be using light box and projection techniques to create horses which will literally leap into life! CFCCA and Lydia invite you, the audience, to co-create this beautiful installation with us.
Workshops will be open to all in the two weeks leading up to Chinese New Year on Friday 31st January. These drop-in sessions will be free to participate in so pop in to CFCCA any time during our regular opening hours.
CFCCA is very excited to be working with Stockport Library as part of their Chinese New Year celebrations, extending our horse themed project into Stockport town centre. Horses produced in Stockport will be trotting their way back to CFCCA for a showcase and celebration on 2nd February. If you are in the area keep an eye out for Lydia’s drop-in sessions in January!
Lydia Meiying is well-known workshop practitioner in the region, with a strong history of delivering both traditional and contemporary workshops with CFCCA for over 4 years. As a talented illustrator and designer, she brings together the aesthetics of traditional Chinese imagery with new contemporary techniques and designs. Lydia has previously exhibited at CFCCA as part of the First Step graduate showcase, with a stunning wallpaper installation.
- Any age
Re-Conventional: Graduate Design Show
- 3 October — 4 August 2014
Preview 21st March 2013 (5:30pm – 7:30pm)
Designer talk in collaboration with Manchester Craft and Design Centre (MCDC): 25th March 2013 at MCDC (6pm)
Re-conventional is a new graduate Design Show celebrating the works of three UK-based Chinese designers, who work across the North West, London and Scotland. The show aims to highlight the changing shift in contemporary design practice and the increasing desire for young designers to reference back to classic and everyday objects for inspiration for their new products. From this year’s Degree shows, there was a clear focus on Contemporary design courses, both for UK and international students. In particular, the UK-Chinese design graduates work took on an organic approach responding to classic design - a visual consequence of an old idea, a vital function or a feeling towards an object.
Re-working these classic objects enables the designers to create a sense of nostalgia and memory for the audiences to respond to, as both a narrative through the object itself, and as a sensory response through the choice of material and ability to interact with the product.
This graduate design show reflects this focal point from three designers perspectives, each working with a similar conceptual belief but with three very unique end products.
Chinese Arts Centre
Mei Creek & the real journey: when Chen HangFeng met Santa Claus
- 29 November — 22 December 2013 *on now
Shanghai based artist Chen HangFeng embarked on a trip to discover this unique village and its charming production line. Inspired by this visit he then went on to journey to the home of Christmas, Finland, to meet Santa Claus.
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (formally Chinese Arts Centre) is delighted to be showcasing a series of video channel works by the artist, discovering stories about the little Chinese village and the daily habits and background of Finland’s Santa Claus. As a merry Christmas to us all, we will be showcasing the works alongside some specially purchased Christmas decorations that will hang proudly on our own take on a Christmas tree!
- Any age