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.

Chris Paul Daniels : A Tiger’s Skin

  • 18 December — 22 March 2015

‘You can depict a tiger’s skin but not his bones’ is one of the last lines in ‘Chung Kuo, Cina’ the 1972 documentary by Michelangelo Antonioni, both commissioned and banned by Chairman Mao.

By reframing the ideas contained in Antonioni’s film with contemporary images, Chris Paul Daniels has created a work that examines the rapidly changing way China is viewed through western eyes, and in doing so, questions assumed notions of ‘truth’ and ‘understanding’ within documentary film-making.



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.
What happened in the year of the dragon (2014) by Sun Xun

Sun Xun Exhibition: 'What happened in the year of the dragon' and other works

  • 18 December 2014 — 22 March 2015 *on now




CFCCA is extremely excited to be presenting a major solo exhibition of Sun Xun following the recent Asia Triennial Manchester 2014 in Gallery 1. In the gallery Sun Xun will be screening the UK premiere of his animation "What happened in the year of the dragon" along with some of previous animation and video works.

Watch a trailer for ‘What happened in the year of the dragon’ here: http://vimeo.com/93488973

CFCCA will also premier a selection of Sun Xun's past works - such as 'Coal Spell', inspired by the old Yuan RMB note and an account of the rise and fall of Fuxin, an old industrial coal city located in northeastern China. As a result of the experiences and nostalgia of his upbringing, the echoes of Manchester in its industrial heyday of the 19th century are immediately palpable. What can also be felt is how pertinent and current some of these contemporary issues are at play today, both in China and within the UK.

The selection of Films includes:

- Coal Spell 2008
- Chinese Words (2005)
- Requiem (2007)
- Shock of Time (2006)
-Magician Party and Dead Crow (2013)
-What happened in the year of the dragon (2014)

About the Artist

Sun Xun, one of the youngest and most prolific video artists today is recognised for black and white animation films depicting time and world history while revealing a critical and political awareness of China. Following a successful show of his work at the Hayward Gallery Project Space in January 2014, CFCCA are proud to provide a much anticipated in-depth look at both earlier works and newly commissioned pieces which will have their UK premier this December.
Showing for the first time in the UK, 'What happened in the year of the dragon' was finished in 2014 and was created exclusively for an exhibition entitled 'Brave New World', staged at Edouard Malingue gallery earlier this year. This particular work acts as a direct contemporary response to Aldous Huxley's 1932 seminal novel of the same title.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+