Film Focus: Hooligan Sparrow

International Women's Day

Film Focus: Hooligan Sparrow

Date: Thursday 8 March

Times: 6.30 - 8pm

Location: Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

To mark international Woman's Day 2018, CFCCA presents a special screening of Hooligan Sparrow by young filmmaker Nanfu Wang. The film follows maverick artist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a. Hooligan Sparrow) and her colleagues to Hainan Province in southern China to protest the case of six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal. Marked as enemies of the state, the activists are under constant government surveillance and face interrogation, harassment, and imprisonment.

Filmmaker Wang also becomes a target, as she faces destroyed cameras and intimidation. Yet she bravely keeps shooting guerilla style, with secret recording devices and hidden camera glasses. Eventually through smuggling footgae out of the country, Wang is able to tell the story of the activists, and their seemingly impossible battle for human rights.

This event is part of Wonder Women Festival 2018.

Running time 84 minutes

This event is £4 per ticket

You can purchase tickets from our shop, or via eventbrite.

Hooligan Sparrow, Nanfu Wang, 2016 - image courtesy of the artist

Free Exhibition Tour – NOW

Exhibition Tour
NOW: A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists
Saturday 3 March, 11.30am to 12.30pm
FREE but booking required.

Join a member of CFCCA’s Programme Team for a free tour followed by an open discussion of the artists’ work and exhibition themes. Informal and accessible these tours are ideal for anyone who would like to find out about contemporary art and Chinese culture, whether this is your first visit to the gallery or one of many.

Come along for the opportunity to discover more about the artists and exhibitions, and have your questions answered by our team. No previous knowledge required!

NOW: A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists is a group exhibition showcasing seven of the most exciting female artists working in China now. The work is dynamic, diverse and intriguing. This exhibition is part of a national collaborative programme led by CFCCA that brings the work of 23 female Chinese contemporary artists to venues across the UK between February and June 2018.

This project is co-organised by Plus Tate and the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in collaboration with HOME, Manchester, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Nottingham Contemporary and Turner Contemporary, Margate. It is sponsored by the China National Arts Fund and supported by British Council, China.

To find out about this exhibition and about the NOW programme please click here


Are you aged 14 to 19 years old, creative and interested in learning more about working in the arts?

Our Youthlab returns this year, bigger and better! With thanks to Big Lottery Fund, from National Lottery Awards For All.

We'll be running these free sessions every Tuesday, 5pm to 7pm.

No experience is required and it is suitable for anyone who would like to learn more about artbe an artist or work in the arts.

In these sessions that will run from Tuesday 27 February 2018 up to the end of August, you will be working towards your Arts Award Bronze - a nationally recognised qualification.

As part of this you will:

        • Learn new and creative skills like print-making and photography


        • Meet new friends who share your interest in art


        • Meet and learn from arts professionals about different art careers


        • Get direct work experience of working in an art gallery


        • Learn how to create and run a workshop


        • Have the chance to use digital technologies to promote your projects


        • Work first-hand with artists

If you are interested in signing up and would like to find out more please email us on or phone 0161 832 7271 and ask for Abi.

To register please download the form here  and return by email to