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.
Li Binyuan – ‘Social Behaviours’

Li Binyuan – ‘Social Behaviours’

  • 9 April — 31 May 2015


Li Binyuan is a young artist living, working and disturbing Beijing's everyday life with impromptu artistic interventions. He is challenging political and social restrictions, using his body as the medium of this sensuous production. Following his experimental paradigms of behavior art CFCCA will attempt to re-create a model of Social Behaviours, inviting our audience to actively participate to an interactive exploratory engagement with his artworks. Social Behaviours will be celebrating his performances exhibiting some of the video recordings that comprise part of his practice.

Embracing a neo Avant garde artistic profile, he is inviting his audience to an unexpected spectatorship of an interrupted reality:

'In my mind, the reality that surrounds me is the context I use to create. I hope that the art I produce comes from life, and that this life appears in the works I create. “Right here, right now” and “practicing what one preaches” are the ideals upon which my creative vitality is based, and the creative methods I use can be defined as “by any means necessary” and “make the most of everything.” Li Binyuan

Although his practice is affiliated to performative methods, one could easily identify features of his background in sculpturing within his work. He is using artistic representation of rupture and repetition to manifest how sculpture and performance can intertwine in the social arena. In an indissoluble relation with time and space he is rearticulating social behaviour while he attempts to interrogate experience of the everyday life.

CFCCA are also delighted to present one of his most groundbreaking live performances - Deathless Love, as part of the Social Behaviours exhibition; A performance in which Li Binyuan questions artistic production while he is pushing the limits of human body into furthest boundaries.

About the Artist

Li Binyuan was born in China in 1985. He graduated from Central Academy of Art in Beijing with a B.A. in sculpture in 2011.

His recent exhibitions include: Unlived by What is Seen, GALLERIA CONTINUA /Beijing, Beijing Voice: Unlived by What is Seen, Pace Beijing, “Who’s Dreams” (Today Art Museum, Beijing, 2014, solo); “Reservoir Dogs” (ACTION SPACE, Beijing, 2014, solo); “I have Issues” (Gallery Yang, Beijing, 2013, solo);”The spring of a dirty gutter” (yellow.ants.art.lab@55, Shanghai, 2013, solo); “Deathless Love” (front.room.loop@55, Shanghai, 2013); “Small Leap” (PSA, Shanghai, 2014); “POLYPHONY” (AMNUA-CN, Nanjing, 2014); “The 8 Paths” (Uferhallen, Berlin, 2014); “Any rugged stuff will vanish”, (Kabuso Art Museum, Bergen, Norway, 2013); “Crossroads•Another Dimension” (He Xiangning Art Museum/ Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts/Macao Museum of Art/ Hong Kong City Hall, 2013); “FUCK OFF 2″ (Groninger Museum, Netherlands, 2013); “Busan Flower Village International Nature Arts Festival (Busan, Korea, 2012); “Representation of Realistic Art” (The Fifth Chengdu Biennale, China, 2011).



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Clemens Wilhelm – ‘Simulacra’

Clemens Wilhelm – ‘Simulacra’

  • 15 April — 7 June 2015


In Clemens Wilhelm's video “SIMULACRA” one observes seemingly absurd moments of Chinese tourists posing in a world which seems to have shrunk.
“SIMULACRA” was shot in the “Window of the World” Entertainment Park in Shenzhen (China) which presents 140 copies of the world's most famous tourist attractions. A tour through the park simulates a journey around the world: the Gizeh Pyramids, Stonehenge, the Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, the Taj Mahal, etc. What do these buildings mean when they are taken out of their original contexts?

The “Window of the World” was built in the early 1990s, and its original business idea was based on the Chinese people's desire to see the world. Back then this dream was limited by political and economic obstacles. Since the park’s construction, much has changed in China and travelling abroad to the real tourist attractions has become a much more achievable dream. This park presents a Chinese perspective on the world which is touristically distorted and already dated. However, it still is a welcome backdrop for thousands of photographs every day: selfies, friends, couple-in-love, wedding or family pictures. The photos these “tourists” take are not intended for the future but for the moment, to be posted on social media. These images are produced and consumed in an instant.

The dreamy scenes of “SIMULACRA” are shot in slow-motion which increases the artificiality of this post-modern hyperreality. The film has a slow and meditative pace and invites you to ponder fundamentally disturbing questions: What does it mean to take pictures nowadays? What is the goal of tourism when you can google every image at home? Is traveling abroad to see the world and to take pictures of it still necessary? Do we need simulacra?

Simulacra has been supported by the University of Salford.

About the Artist

Clemens Wilhelm (*1980 West-Berlin) is a multimedia artist living in Berlin. He works mainly in video and photography. His works are conceptual and revolve around ideas of society and identity. He often works in series. His work has been exhibited in many countries and institutions.
He studied at HBK Braunschweig, Germany in the classes of Prof. Candice Breitz and Prof. Michael Brynntrup (Film Class). In 2009, he was awarded „Meisterschüler” of Prof. Candice Breitz. He was granted the KSN Northeim Scholarship 2009-2010. In 2011, he was artist in residence at Organhaus Art Space, Chongqing (China), SIM Reykjavik (Iceland) and Buitenwerkplaats (TransArtists & Pepinieres Europeennes Scholarship), Amsterdam (Netherlands). In 2012, he was artist in residence at SUMU AIR, Turku (Finland).