30 Years of CFCCA

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art celebrates its 30th anniversary 

February-July 2016
Featuring artists Xu Bing, Cao Fei, Lee Mingwei, Tsang Kin-Wah, susan pui san lok, Gordon Cheung, RareKind China and Yu-Chen Wang

In 2016, CFCCA will celebrate its 30 year anniversary in Manchester with a high profile exhibition programme spanning 6 months featuring some of the very best Chinese contemporary artists of today.

The anniversary programme will see CFCCA collaborate with 30 prestigious artists, curators and academics who have each previously contributed to the organisation at various stages of its 30 year history. This ambitious programme launched on 4 February 2016 to coincide with Chinese New Year; Year of the Monkey.

30 Years of CFCCA | Stanley Chow


5 February - 31 December 2016
Part of 30 years of CFCCA


CFCCA is proud to launch our new limited edition print shop with a series of exclusive works by celebrated Manchester artist Stanley Chow.

We originally worked with Stanley Chow in 2014 when we hosted The Takeawaya retrospective of his work influenced by memories of his childhood. The exhibition and accompanying sale of his artworks was extremely well attended and a highlight of CFCCA's programme.

My 1st home - Stanley Chow 2016

A Window On… New Media in Chinese Contemporary Art

Wednesday, 28 September 6-8pm | £3 TO BOOK CLICK HERE

CFCCA presents A Window On... a series of talks that will provide an insight into contemporary Chinese culture and visual art. The programme will be informed by Manchester's status as European City of Science 2016 and will explore the boundaries between art and science. The talks will be followed by Chinese tea tasting provided by our partners Proper Tea.

A Window On... New Media in Chinese Contemporary Art
Speaker: Mike Stubbs

Mike Stubbs, Director at FACT Liverpool, will explore the use of new media in Chinese contemporary art, looking at the different technologies available and the artists working within and exploring these exciting and diverse new mediums.
Talk: 6-7pm
Tea tasting: 7-8pm


Remnants of an Electronic Past

19 August – 9 October 2016, Preview - Thursday 18 August 2016, 6-8pm

Gallery 1

This year Manchester celebrates its position as European City of Science 2016. To mark this occasion, CFCCA’s programme will explore the boundaries between art and science through the lens of Chinese contemporary art. Opening this programme is Remnants of an Electronic Past, a solo exhibition from Shanghai based new media artist 'aaajiao'.

Trained as a computer programmer, aaajiao works extensively with new technologies through his work (even his artist name comes from the handle of his online presence).

Through reproduction of sculptural elements to represent a ‘digital graveyard’, aaajiao uses his own unique approach to contemporary technology to contemplate what happens to obsolete versions of software as technology moves forward asking the question, where does software go to die?

Lu Pingyuan

James Stanley, the Seventh Earl of Derby

5 August – 17 October 2016
Preview - Thursday 4 August 2016, 6-8pm
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Gallery 2

Shanghai-based artist, Lu Pingyuan (b. 1984, Zhejiang Province, China) writes stories as a way to express his artistic points of view. The stories are partly authentic and partly fictional, often enigmatic and concerned with spiritual themes. His interest in the supernatural attracted him to the reports of mysterious sightings of a ghost, seen by staff of the Ye Olde Man and Scythe pub in Bolton and also captured on CCTV.