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.
Firs Step

Darius Chang Jui-Yu: First Step Showcase

  • 11 January — 4 May 2014 *on now

Darius Chang Jui-Yu is a Taiwanese artist and recent graduate of the Goldsmiths BA Fine Art degree. Having lived in over 10 cities in 5 different countries since childhood, Darius is greatly influenced by her experiences of different cultures and her place within them. Responding specifically to her current London contemporary and street art scene, Darius has recently been exploring her Chinese racial identity through remixing culture with mixed media.

For her First Step showcase Darius will be re-working the stereotypical cultural references associated with karaoke bars. Darius enjoys art that can ‘brighten up the viewer’s day’ – often weaving together psychedelic imagery, immersive sound experiences and bold graphics. A clash of cultures will sit within our first step stairwell, readdressing what we consider to be a true multicultural life style. Let’s see what happens when cocktail glasses meet green tea!

Darius has worked across the fine art, design and commercial photographic industry and is currently living and working in London. The First Step showcase will be her first solo show in the UK.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



“Monkey, Sandy, Pigsy, Tripitaka” 2014, Stanley Chow


  • 11 April — 22 June 2014 *on now

Our Gallery 2 space will be transformed by the memories of Chow’s childhood, bringing together works from almost 20 years ago to the current day. As a Manchester born artist whose parents emigrated from Hong Kong in the 1960’s, Stanley takes CFCCA on an immersive trip down memory lane, turning our window space into a Chinese takeaway shop front and inviting you into a full retrospective of the artist’s illustrative life.
These ‘takeaway memories’ are simply just that: for the price of your average takeaway dish, we will be celebrating the end of the exhibition with a takeaway sale of all the artworks on display. Chow will create his own art menu for you to select your favourite framed dish; takeaway has never seemed so good for you!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly



Our Air Echo Bubble_Interactive, Beijing 2013

The Voice Currency

  • 11 April — 1 June 2014 *on now

'The Voice Currency - towards a new exchange system' is an innovative exhibition with a focus on new engagement systems in contemporary art and design. This will be the very first show of its kind, looking at a new, generative method of exhibition making.

Working in collaboration with partners, associate curators, artists and design practitioners, CFCCA will open Gallery 1 to a sharing of ideas through a broad exploration of projects and people, with the aim of initiating ongoing, trans-cultural dialogues.

In conjunction with the exhibition, 'Making Community', curated by Beatrice Leanza, will be presented for the first time in an international context.

Suitable for

  • Any age





Lu Xinjian

The Temporary

  • 17 April — 11 May 2014 *on now

Following on from 'The Temporary:01' exhibition at ARTicle Gallery, Birmingham, curator Rachel Marsden will be further exploring all things "temporary" during a three week long research residency at CFCCA.

A new transcultural exchange platform "connecting the dots that people can't see", 'The Temporary: 01' examines the notion of “temporary” experience in art, architecture, design, music, sound, performance and culture between China and the UK.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly







  • 10 May — 14 September 2014

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



Photo taken of one of the pieces of work

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

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.

Mundaneaday - Tash Willcocks

  • 15 May 2014

As part of the Northern Quarter’s After Dark celebrations, in association with Manchester Museums at Night 2014, artist Tash Willcocks will be hosting a live demonstration of her interactive wall installation at CFCCA, part of ‘The Voice Currency’ – a new generative exhibition exploring contemporary art and design in China.

The work ‘Mundaneaday’ is a subtle mix of everyday collected conversations, muttered musings and odd observations, delivered in telling typographic illustrations and narrated with that day’s overheard word.

For Northern Quarter After Dark, ‘Mundaneaday’ will open late to the public, with a live lettering in response to the feel and chatter created in, around and on the event - for you, and from you.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 7-10
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • Any age