30 Years of CFCCA

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art celebrates its 30th anniversary 

February-June 2016
Featuring artists Xu Bing, Cao Fei, Lee Mingwei, Tsang Kin-Wah and susan pui san lok

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 will launch on 4 February 2016 to coincide with Chinese New Year.

Throughout our history we have sustained a commitment to representing Chinese arts and culture in the UK. Today we are the UK’s leading organisation for the promotion of Chinese contemporary art, producing an internationally renowned artistic programme and developing a reputation as a centre for research.

Exhibition programme

During the six month programme CFCCA’s galleries will feature a rotating exhibition of high profile artists who have exhibited internationally, with work featured at festivals across the world including Documenta and Venice Biennale.

Xu Bing, 'Book From the Ground', 2013 onwards

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

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

David Blandy - Anjin 1600 Edo Wonderpark - WEB PORTRAIT

Health Records

Gallery 2

Claire Tindale & Niki Colclough

Exhibition: 11 December 2015 - 24 January 2016
Preview: Thursday 10 December, 6-8pm - click here to RSVP

Health Records is an exhibition of new work by artists Claire Tindale and Niki Colclough created in response to their experience delivering workshops on the Renal Unit at the Manchester Royal infirmary. The project was delivered in collaboration with CFCCA and Kidneys for Life

CFCCA's engagement programme works with artists to connect with individuals and communities, exploring themes such as cultural and social diversity as it supports UK audiences to better understand Chinese contemporary society through art. In Health Records the artists use practices developed through cultural exchange to respond to the personal identities and narratives of the patients on the Renal Unit.

Claire Tindale 2015 - web image Claire Tindale 2015 - web image (2)

HOME artist’s weekender – David Blandy & Wong Ping

David Blandy and Wong Ping at HOME
in association with Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Event: Sunday 29 November, 4pm
Click here to purchase tickets, £6 full price / £4 concession or call 0161 200 1500

Address: HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place Manchester M15 4FN

As part of HOME’s November Artists’ Film Weekender CFCCA, Videotage and videoclub will be presenting a screening of two artists from CFCCA’s Both Sides Now 2 exhibition. UK based artist David Blandy and Hong Kong artist Wong Ping will each be presenting three of their films which explore nationality and identity. Both artists will also each host a Q+A session following their screenings.

Both Sides Now 2 is on at CFCCA from September 25 – 6 December 2015.

Both Sides Now 2 screening programme supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Arts Council England.

HOME weekender logos
Wong Ping - Screenshot - an emo nose (2015) - image courtesy of the artist

Mandarin Corner

Every first Saturday of the month - next session Saturday 5 December 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: hannah@cfcca.org.uk 


Gallery 1

Associate Curators and Producers: Soup Collective

Exhibition: 18-20 December 2015
Preview: Thursday 17 December 2015, 6-8pm

The Manchester based Soup Collective was forged from a background of live visual and film events, acting as a cross-over for musicians and artists. At the heart of Soup Collective projects is a desire to spark collaborations that lead to exciting, and often new, outputs.

To celebrate 15 years of playing, learning and creating, Soup Collective will be hosting Fifteen, a retrospective event, bringing things back to their love of projected light to showcase some old and new works.

SOUP 15 logo
SOUP 15 - any day now - all images are courtesy of Soup Collective