Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) is leading the UK in exploring Chinese contemporary culture through a diverse range of art and artists. Centrally located in Manchester’s creative Northern Quarter, our gallery is open six days a week and free to enter.

We have a proud 30-year history of UK ‘first’ solo exhibitions, featuring exceptional emerging artists that go on to achieve international acclaim. We work with a wide array of partners to provide audiences with a lively and innovative programme of exhibitions, residencies, engagement projects, festivals and events.

As the only non-profit organisation in Europe to specialise in Chinese contemporary art and visual culture we are uniquely placed to explore the trans-cultural debates that will shape our future.

Find out more about our History.

Associate Curators

CFCCA works with Asia-based Associate Curators to strengthen and inform our understanding of developments in East Asia. Their appointment increases our networks in this region, strengthened by our international Residency programme, international research trips by staff and Board members, and current international partners.

The Associate Curators will contribute field research to our Annual Report as well as proposing exhibitions, residencies or projects for our artistic programme going forward. Each Associate specialises in one of the four key strands of our artistic programming.

Click on each of the Associates listed on the right for more information.

The international influence of Chinese Culture:

Non-Chinese artists making work about Chinese culture or concepts, collaborations between Chinese and non-Chinese artists drawing on cultural references.

Beatrice Leanza

Beatrice Leanza is a Beijing based curator and critic, Creative Director of Beijing Design Week 2013 and founder of BAO Atelier. Beatrice’s focus is on multidisciplinary, cross border practices. She has an impressive international CV as a curator, writer and consultant working with major Chinese artists, contemporary art institutions and festivals worldwide. It is worth noting she was managing director of China Art Archive and Warehouse, Beijing, and continues to work with its founder Ai Wei Wei.

Download Beatrice’s 2013-14 Annual Report

Social engagement/relational work:

Work that operates in social contexts, emphasises participation and exist largely outside of private spaces, often creating social environments.

Lu Pei-Yi

Lu Pei-Yi has a related PhD from University of London, writes for numerous contemporary art journals and curates mainly in Taiwan, with connections in Australia via a curatorial residency in Sydney. She has written for a number of internationally significant publications and teaches MA in Taipei.

Download Lu’s 2013-14 Annual Report

New trends – up-and-coming talent:

Artists that are coming to the fore or themes and concepts pertinent in current artistic practice and discourse.

Biljana Ciric

Biljana Ciric is based in Shanghai, with a significant track record of curating across East Asia and the West. She writes for many major international publications including Art Asia Pacific, Paletten, Yishu journal, Flash Art, Frieze, Leap and has written and edited a number of relevant books including publications by CFCCA (under our former name Chinese Arts Centre).

Download Biljana’s 2013-14 Annual Report

New trends – up-and-coming talent:

Artists that are coming to the fore or themes and concepts pertinent in current artistic practice and discourse.

Ying Kwok

Ying Kwok is an artist and curator who has worked  in Hong Kong, China and the UK. With the Chevening Postgraduate Scholarship by British Council, she obtained her Masters degree from Chelsea College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts London, UK in 2004. Kwok formerly worked as Curator, Chinese Arts Centre (now Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art) between 2006 and 2012. To encourage critical thinking and initiate effective discussions around the values of art in Hong Kong, Kwok founded “Collector Club” in 2013. Interested in various social situations and how human behaviour changes in different circumstances, she initiates events and projects within various social platforms, such as dinners and club nights.

Broader visual culture:

In 2013/14 CFCCA has a focus on design through research and exhibition in both galleries.

Pan Jianfeng

Pan Jianfeng is a design practitioner based in Shanghai. Pan is one of China’s foremost type face creators and design strategists. He is Director of SHTYPE – an award winning design company which develops both commercial and experimental work. He has curated across East Asia and in the West and writes on design for China Art Weekly.

Download Pan’s 2013-14 Annual Report 



CFCCA’s exhibition programme is supported by a wide range of UK and international partners. View them here.

Meet the Team

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Zoe Dunbar


I am fortunate in being able to lead CFCCA, working with a strong Board and broad range of individuals and partner organisations nationally and internationally. I bring to CFCCA experience of working with contemporary art and delivering unique and successful public programmes in a wide array of museums and galleries, including Head of Exhibitions at Imperial War Museum North. CFCCA is a dynamic and exciting organisation with a unique remit to explore the vibrant force that is Chinese contemporary art and visual culture.


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Hannah Hartley

Operations Manager

I am responsible for the operational management of CFCCA including all commercial operations, supported by our Marketing and Sales and IT Coordinators. I also oversee our volunteer programme, managing and recruiting our dedicated and hard-working team of volunteers. Working closely with our Director and Finance Manager on business planning, fund raising and daily management, I am pleased to be supporting an excellent team and extended ‘family’ to deliver our ambition to lead the UK in exploring Chinese contemporary art and visual culture.


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Margaret Hobbs

Finance Manager

As Finance Manager my role is to provide information to the Board of Trustees so that they can fulfil their financial responsibilities and to support the rest of the CFCCA team in financial management, reporting, planning and budgetary control. I bring to this position the skills and experience gained from a career including business management in the charity sector, group reporting systems consultancy and accountancy.


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Tiffany Leung


As the curator of CFCCA I initiate and deliver CFCCA’s ambitious programme of exhibitions, offsite projects and co-commissions. I also work closely with the team and partners in facilitating research, funding bids and audience development in order to provide UK audiences with meaningful experiences of Chinese contemporary visual culture.

My other curatorial projects include curating a solo show at The Foxhole Project (2017), co-curating Itinerant Assembly (Gasworks, 2016-17) and The Possible Rendezvous (RCA, 2016). I hold a MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art (2015-2017) and have previously undertook curatorial, research and operational roles in museums and galleries in London and Hong Kong.


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Marianna Tsionki

Research Curator

As the research curator I am leading on the development of research exhibitions, conferences, publications and projects. I work closely with the team and partners to position CFCCA as a centre for excellence in Chinese contemporary visual culture and establishing successful collaborations with higher education institutions. I am also responsible for CFCCA’s archive & library redevelopment project including a public programme of exhibitions, events, film screenings and engagement activities. My role is split between CFCCA and the University of Salford.

I am a PhD candidate in Curatorial Practice at Manchester Metropolitan University where I am also an Associate Lecturer. As a member of the collective Ways of Unlearning I co-curate performances, workshops and discursive events.


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Abi Mitchell

Programme and Engagement Coordinator

I develop and deliver CFCCA’s events, engagement and residency programmes as well as contributing to the forward planning of our exhibitions. My role involves thinking of exciting ways to engage audiences with our ambitious and challenging exhibition programme and working alongside international partner organisations to bring emerging artists to the city through our outreaching residencies. Outside of CFCCA I co direct arts organisation SPUR, a small organisation with an experimental programme of activity including events, new commissions and publications.


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Aoife Robinson


I am responsible for carrying out research and identifying relevant funding opportunities for CFCCA. This includes writing funding applications, building relationships with stakeholders and supporting the Director in strategic income growth. Outside of CFCCA, I campaign for fairer gender representation in the arts through Grrrl Power Liverpool.


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Emma Bosworth

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

I am responsible for managing CFCCA’s external communications, promoting our events, exhibitions and opportunities. I work across CFCCA’s team and with a network of external partners, as well as maintaining relationships with local, regional and national press.  My role also includes coordinating the collection and evaluation of audience data to inform CFCCA’s audience strategy work.


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Rachel de Ridder

Retail and Events Officer

As Retail and Events Officer, I am responsible for the running and development of the retail offer and manage venue hire on site. My role includes working with artists and suppliers to develop a unique stock of souvenirs, gifts, print and homeware that reflect our interest in contemporary Chinese culture. With venue hire I facilitate a wide range of bookings, including workshops, talks, seminars and private functions both in our purpose built Jasmine Suite and Gallery spaces.


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Geoff Tabbron

IT Coordinator

I provide IT and audio-visual technical support to staff, artists and visitors, working closely with the Curator to deliver our exhibitions programme. Outside of my CFCCA work I also help support and promote a variety of events across Manchester and help coordinate a Japanese culture festival.

Our Board

CFCCA is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.  The trustees of the charity are also board members of the company.  For simplicity these ‘dual’ positions are referred to as ‘board members’.

We are seeking new board members keen to become active and energetic champions for CFCCA who also have expertise, connections and contacts with whom they are willing to actively promote our organisation. If you are interested in become a CFCCA Board Member please click here for our job opportunities page.

Chair Peter Mearns
Vice Chair Dr Shengke Zhi
Treasurer David Bryan
Trustee Caesar Hao He
Trustee Nathalie Cachet-Gaujard
Trustee Prof Allan Walker
Trustee Tessa Jackson OBE
Trustee Katie Hill
Trustee Menaka Munro
Trustee Gordon Cheung

Our extended family


HLF Library and Archive Project:  

Michelle Wingyan Law

Frankie Casimir

Yanhong Chen

Han Zhang


Front of House Team:

Michele Alesi

Edward Jones

Federica Maddaluno

Jade Yuen Chan

Yuyang Qian

Chelsea Moore

Rosie Burslem

Huizhi Ding

Kristie Chen



Katie Waring – Project Archivist (CFCCA Archive and Library project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund)

Stephanie Fletcher – Assistant Curator (CFCCA & University of Salford: Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art)

Lily Mitchell – PhD student (in collaboration with Birmingham City University)