CFCCA aims to support the professional development of artists and we offer a variety of opportunities for artists – local, national and international – to work with us.


We welcome artistic submissions at CFCCA. Exhibition proposals for our Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 spaces will be reviewed on a regular basis by our Programming team. Please be aware we plan our programme up to 2 years in advance.

To submit an expression of interest please download our Artists Submissions Application Form here.


30 Years of CFCCA – Call Out For Shop Suppliers

The CFCCA Shop provides a platform for artists and designers to showcase their work. We pride ourselves on offering many unique and hand-crafted items for sale including: jewellery, clothing, textiles, gift cards, prints, and original or limited edition art-works. Work is accepted on a sale or return basis, with CFCCA retaining a 40% commission on sales.

We are looking for suppliers and stock that will connect with at least two of our criteria:

  • East Asia Influence
  • China/UK (Manchester) fusion
  • Design-led
  • Contemporary

We would like to invite new suppliers to provide some new or existing stock for our shop. Ideally we are looking for items that reflect our interests in contemporary Chinese culture and the relationships between China and the UK.

If you are interested in creating new stock for CFCCA please email your suggestions to

Residency Opportunities

Artist Residency opportunity in K11 artist village, Wuhan, supported by Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) and Manchester City Council

Manchester City Council and CFCCA are pleased to announce an open call opportunity for local, Manchester based contemporary artists to apply for a 10-14 day funded artist residency at the K11 art village in Wuhan, China.

Wuhan has a population of around 11 million people and is the capital of Hubei Province in Central China. Manchester and Wuhan have a sister city relationship which dates back to 1986, and during 2016 the two cities are celebrating the 30th anniversary of this partnership. The residency at K11 will form part of activities to mark this anniversary in Wuhan in early November.

The residency will be between 10-14 days (depending on availability of the recipient artist) and should take place between the end of October and beginning of November 2016. The selected artist will have access to a studio/living space in the K11 art village and in partnership with K11 will work within the studio and also locally with the local community to create new work. The results will be showcased in an open studio event to the visiting Manchester and Wuhan delegation including representatives of the Wuhan Foreign Affairs Office and the Lord Mayor of Manchester.

CFCCA will also host an open event within the gallery after the residency has taken place, to showcase the work and connections made whilst in residence. Details of this event will be discussed with the selected artist prior to departure and will likely happen in January 2017.

For full information and how to apply download the Information Pack here.

Application process

Please submit applications to as a pdf attachment, web links should be included in the body of the email.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Saturday 24 September 2016, midday.

Applications will be assessed by a panel including CFCCA Director Nicola Hood, CFCCA Curator Ying Tan and Castlefield Gallery Curator Matthew Pendergast.

Taipei Artist Studio exchange – OPEN CALL

Taiwanese artist KUO I-Chen is currently in residence at CFCCA, developing his own artist residency programme and website platform, STUPIN, where artists can connect across the world to exchange their studios.

I-Chen is in residence at CFCCA until mid-November and he is looking for a local, Greater Manchester based, artist who would like to take up the opportunity to go to Taiwan, work in I-Chen’s studio and experience the culture of Taipei. The dates the studio is free are from 1st to 31st October 2016. During this one-month period, the artist who is selected will stay in I-Chen’s accommodation and use his studio free of charge. You will need to cover your own flight and living expenses but you will have the opportunity to enjoy a month creating work at the exciting Polymer Art Space in Taipei.

For full information and how to apply download the Information Pack here.

CFCCA Residency Programme

CFCCA has a long standing and well respected residency programme that has been in place since 2003. Artists and curators are invited to live and work on site at CFCCA in a purpose built studio and living space.


The Breathe Residency programme offers artists and curators of Chinese descent an ideal environment to reflect on their practice, research and make new work under the support and guidance of the CFCCA team within an international setting. Residencies usually last up to 3 months.

The Whisper Residency is open to artists and curators of any background, but they must be UK based and interested in exploring ideas around contemporary Chinese culture. It is the perfect residency opportunity for recent graduates or emerging curators who wish to have a taster experience as it is only 3-4 weeks long.

We work with a number of international organisations to deliver our residency programme. More information about both future and previous artists-in-residence can be found on our What’s On pages.


How to Apply

Our residency programme is currently full until 2018 and we are currently not accepting open applications. Future opportunities will be advertised on this page and our social media channels.