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



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.
TOF - Rehearsal - 2014

Harmonious Society London Workshop

  • 15 September 2014 6:30-9pm

CFCCA, in partnership with Kings College London, presents the final in a series of workshops led by International artists and UK based curators to discuss key themes to be explored in the upcoming Harmonious Society programme (part of Asia Triennial Manchester 2014). This informal discussion will draw on the experiences of curating and practicing internationally to address issues including translation and cultural exchange. The evening will provide an insight into the upcoming largest exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art in the UK. In attendance will be speakers at the forefront of Chinese contemporary art.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Kings College London, Edmund J. Safra Lecture Theatre
Edmund J. Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand,