Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
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
Li Binyuan – ‘Social Behaviours’
- 9 April — 31 May 2015 *on now
PREVIEW LAUNCH 9 APRIL – 6PM-8PM
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).
Micro Micro Revolution - socially engaged art in Taiwan
- 2 July — 5 September 2015
MICRO MICRO REVOLUTION
Curator: Lu Pei-yi
Artists: Hsu Su-chen, Huang Po-chih, Lu Chien-ming, Wu Mali & Bamboo Curtain Studio
Date: 3 July - 6 September, 2015
Preview: Thursday 2 July 2015, 6-8pm
Micro Micro Revolution aims to explore the power of art as a vehicle to address social change in Taiwan through three socially-engaged art projects: “A Cultural Action at the Plum Tree Creek”, “Plant-Matter Needed” and “500 Lemon Trees”. These ongoing process-based, participative projects use art as a vehicle for addressing environmental issues, as a form of resistance, and as a platform for exchange.
Micro Micro Revolution has been supported by Ministry of Culture Taiwan and the University of Salford
"A Cultural Action at the Plum Tree Creek"
Artists: Wu Mali & Bamboo Curtain Studio
The Plum Tree Creek is located in the margin of the Taipei basin and the mouth of the Danshui River in Taiwan. The water in this area is heavily polluted and in some places has been diverted, drained or covered. This project brings together communities that exist along its banks and who rely upon the river as a resource, to reconnect with it, to reclaim ownership of it and to care for it.
"Plant-Matter Needed: The Material World of The Riverbank Amis Tribe 2015"
Artists: Hsu Su-chen and Lu Chien-ming
In 2009 the Sa’owac Village located in the Dahan Creek faced risk of demolition due to a new urban development plan for a riverside cycling route. Artists Hsu Su-chen and Lu Chien-ming worked in collaboration with the local community in the subsequent period of protest and reconstruction. The exhibition will explore the project through videos, texts and objects presented within a reconstruction of one the Sa’owac Village dwellings.
"500 Lemon Trees"
Artist: Huang Po-chih
Five Hundred Lemon Trees called for 500 participants to each donate 500 Taiwanese Dollars to buy a wine label. The sale of each label funded the planting of a lemon tree in fallow farmland in north Taiwan that has been neglected for twenty years. Two years later participants received a bottle of Limoncello and were invited to stick the wine label on the bottle themselves. CFCCA will be home to an orchard of lemon trees where audiences will be able to witness ongoing art-enterprise in action.
- Any age
Clemens Wilhelm – ‘Simulacra’
- 15 April — 7 June 2015 *on now
PREVIEW LAUNCH 9 APRIL – 6PM-8PM
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).
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