Both Sides Now: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times?

彼岸觀自在: 最好的時代,最壞的時代

25 September - 6 December 2015
Preview: Thursday 24 September 2015, 6-8pm, Places limited - click here to RSVP

Gallery 1, 2 & Residency Studio
Associate Curators: Isaac Leung (Videotage, Hong Kong) & Jamie Wyld (videoclub, UK)

Artists’ film and video works from the UK, China and Hong Kong spanning a quarter century will be presented in a new exhibition that seeks to draw comparisons between the identity and culture of China and the UK.

By selecting video works from 1990 to 2014, Both Sides Now asks us to reinterpret excluded and forgotten images of Hong Kong from the perspective of the present day, including references to the recent pro-democracy Umbrella Movement and the handover of Hong Kong from UK to China. In reflection, contemporary artists’ film from the UK examines the culture and society of Britain, including the recent Scottish referendum. By bringing all the films together the programme offers a reinterpretation of the UK, China and Hong Kong, through the eyes of filmmakers and their personal readings of events and culture.

Both Sides Now is curated and produced by videoclub (UK) and Videotage (Hong Kong) in collaboration with CFCCA

Birdy Chu - Screenshot 1 - A story of Hong Kongers - PORTRAIT WEB David Blandy - Anjin 1600 Edo Wonderpark - WEB PORTRAIT

Enoch Cheng

Artist in residence
14 - 27 September 2015

Enoch Cheng is a director and writer. Graduating from the University of Hong Kong with a degree in English Literature and History Art, he made his debut film, Queen's Encounter in 2011.

The film looks at the everyday subtleties in contemporary urban lives through seemingly mundane conversations - themes that he explores through his later works.

Since Queen's Encounter, Cheng has produced a number of films (Fishy Stories and I Hope You Don't Mind) and a play (Destination) with the support of Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Art Basel Hong Kong. His works explore recurrent themes of place, travel and destination which he will continue to explore through his residency at CFCCA.

Enoch will be holding an Open Studio when he returns to the residency in December 2015.

I hope you don't mind - Enoch Cheng - 2015
I hope you don't mind - Enoch Cheng (2015) I hope you don't mind - Enoch Cheng (2015)

Industrial Road Project

IUD Temporary Research Space: The Industrial Road Project.

Jasmine Suite 6-8pm, September 29th 2015

Tickets free but limited capacity - click here to book your place

The project is an investigation into the changing Chinese megacity, focusing on the site of Guangzhou’s historic Industrial Road.

IUD’s Temporary Research Space is a public forum for sharing work in progress. Participants are invited to view video, photographs, archive materials and discuss what is lost and gained in the transformation of world cities everywhere.

Using Guangzhou’s historic Industrial Road as a case study, the project investigates the transformation of everyday life and landscapes in the Chinese megacity. In the Maoist Era, Industrial Road typified the emphasis on the city as a site of collectivized industrial production, with State Owned Enterprises and workers housing compounds, densely packed along the five and a half kilometres stretch of road. Today the factories along Industrial Road have either closed or are being relocated to the expanding outskirts of the city. Traditional workers housing and public spaces associated with the factories are being demolished and replaced by spaces of consumption and luxury apartment complexes.

Family Planning - Industrial Road Project (2015) Shipyard Mao - Industrial Road Project (2015)

Mandarin Corner

Every first Saturday of the month - next session Saturday 5 September 1.30 - 3.30pm 

Mandarin Corner is an informal monthly workshop, held at CFCCA, for those with an interest in learning more about Mandarin language and broader Chinese culture. The sessions are hosted by CFCCA volunteers and cover spoken and written Mandarin, across a wide variety of topics - often themed to CFCCA's current exhibition or other current affairs.

Sessions are free, informal and open to all, from complete beginners and upwards! It's a great way to test and develop your spoken and written Mandarin as well as gain a greater understanding of traditional and contemporary Chinese Culture.

Booking is not currently required however please do ensure that you arrive on time for the start of sessions.

For more information and enquiries please email: 

Micro Micro Revolution

Micro Micro Revolution | 微型小革命

3 July - 6 September, 2015

Associate Curator: Lu Pei-yi

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.

This exhibition will introduce visitors to environmental concerns in Taiwan such as land-use, pollution, and sustainability. The Micro Micro Revolution event programme will provide a platform for discussion around the key aspects of the exhibition.

Micro Micro Revolution is supported by Spotlight Taiwan and the University of Salford

The Manchester Contemporary 2015

24 - 27 September 2015
Old Granada Studios, Manchester, M3 3JE

The Manchester Contemporary, launched in 2009, is an invitational art fair that gives a platform to emerging galleries and their artists, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The only gathering of high–calibre, world-class contemporary art galleries outside London, The Manchester Contemporary brings together art lovers and buyers with the best of critically engaged contemporary art from regular exhibitors and new additions, as well as offering guided tours and visitor programmes.

The Manchester Contemporary returns for its 6th year with a record number of galleries as demand to participate in the fair continues to grow. It has remained consistent in reflecting the growth and strength of the best of a UK wide art scene that is constantly evolving.