Events

Workshop: Tea Total


Tea Total: Tea Tasting Workshops with Tea Mandala
Sunday 24 September, 2 – 4pm
Sunday 10 December, 2 – 4pm
Festive Weekend Special with winter themed teas!
£10, Advance booking required - CLICK HERE

Join us on a journey from leaf to cup, and sample some of the finest teas from China and all over the world. We’ll show you how to get the best flavour from your tea leaves with some expert brewing tips, and demonstrate different ways to infuse them, from traditional methods to modern techniques. Whether you love your ‘normal tea’ with milk, or consider yourself a tea connoisseur, these are enjoyable and informative afternoons for all.

Dates:
Sunday 24 September - explore exquisite teas and learn how they are expertly made by generations of tea masters from old trees with great lineage, and experience why these particular teas are so prized.

Sunday 10 December - part of our Festive Weekend Special with winter themed teas!

Our workshops are led by Tea Mandala, a Manchester based venture that aims to share and educate people about the healing properties of tea (camellia sinensis) and herbal infusions. They source, create and blend teas and herbs from their own unique recipes inspired by their travels in India, China and around the world, studying the ancient medicine system of Ayurveda, and passion for flavour.

Thursday Late


Thursday Late
Thursday 28 September, 5-8pm

Open until 8pm on the last Thursday of every month, CFCCA offers an opportunity to enjoy an evening in the gallery or participate in a unique event, including performances, film screenings and informal talks. Entry to the gallery is free.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Word/Music (Obfuscation By Numbers): A performance by Kelvin Brown & Semay Wu has been cancelled.

CFCCA will remain open until 8pm with the opportunity to visit our current exhibitions; Samson Young: One of Two Stories, Or Both (Field Bagatelles) and From Ocean to Horizon.

Mandarin Corner


Every first Saturday of the month, 1.30 - 3.30pm 

Saturday 7 October

Mandarin Corner is an informal monthly workshop 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 exhibitions or other current affairs

Session 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 required however please ensure you arrive on time for the start of the sessions.
For more information and enquiries please email: abigail@cfcca.org.uk

Rare Book Club: London Metropolitan Archives


Rare Book Club: London Metropolitan Archives
12 October, 6 – 8pm
Free entry, booking required

Sally Bevan, Senior Archivist at the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), will present a talk discussing the Chinese Community Collections of the LMA, documenting the vibrant Chinese community in London since the first settlers in the eighteenth century.

Reserve your place here.

Workshop: The Art and Craft of Foley


The Art and Craft of Foley
Saturday 21 October, 2 – 4pm
£4, 16+, booking required

Inspired by Samson Young’s radio drama CFCCA will host an interactive workshop on the art of Foley with a live demonstration and workshop from the University of Salford Music Department and Low Four Studio. Foley is the hidden technique of designing and recording performed sound effects, often in sync to film, TV or radio. Uncover some of the Foley techniques used by Samson Young in his 2017 Manchester International Festival radio series and sound installation. Workshop attendees will also have a go at creating and recording their own Foley sounds.

This workshop explores the science and technology of broadcasting and the transmission of sound in response to Samson Young’s radio series. In collaboration with Manchester Science Festival.

Click here to book tickets through Manchester Science Festival.

Workshop: Pirate Radio workshop with Radio Arts


Pirate Radio workshop with Radio Arts
Sunday 22 October, 1 – 4pm
£4, 16+, booking required
This workshop will take place at the Museum of Science and Industry

Build your own mini FM transmitter like those that inspired the ‘mini FM’ movement in Japan and Italy in the 1970s. More popularly known as ‘pirate radio’, communities used them to form their own broadcast networks, as the ultra-low wattage of the transmitter circumvented public broadcasting laws. This workshop explores the science and technology of broadcasting and transmission of sound in response to Samson Young’s radio series.

Click here to book tickets through Manchester Science Festival.

Thursday Late – A Window On… (Re)Imagining Youth in Hong Kong and Scotland


Thursday Late - A Window On… (Re)Imagining Youth in Hong Kong and Scotland
Thursday 26 October, 6 – 7.30pm
£4 CLICK HERE

As young people across the world are increasingly confronted with a lack of work, housing, and social stability this talk will explore the emergence of youth political movements in two very different contexts. In 2014 the youth-led ‘Occupy’ movement for universal suffrage brought the eyes of the world’s media onto the city of Hong Kong; whilst at the same time in Scotland, the independence referendum saw young people – including 16 and 17 year-olds – politically mobilised as never before. Drawing on a study of youth leisure in Scotland and Hong Kong, this talk by Dr Susan Batchelor, Senior Lecturer of Sociology and Dr Alistair Fraser, Lecturer in Criminology (Sociology) at the University of Glasgow, will discuss these political movements, reflecting on issues of globalisation, social change and forms of engagement.

Thursday Late at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
On the last Thursday of the month the gallery stays open until 8pm offering an opportunity to drop in and enjoy an evening in the gallery or participate in a series of unique events exploring different aspects of the exhibitions programme. The event will start with welcoming Chinese Tea tasting experience led by local tea experts Tea Mandala.

Film Night: Cao Fei’s Haze & Fog, 2013


Film Night: Cao Fei’s Haze & Fog, 2013
16 November, 6 – 7.30pm
Free entry, reserve your place HERE
Studio Theatre, New Adelphi Building, University of Salford

One of the first art works acquired into our art collection, enjoy this screening of Cao Fei’s Haze & Fog followed by an informal discussion on its themes. Haze & Fog takes on the popular zombie movie genre to explore contemporary society in China.

Film still from “Rare Earthenware”  a film, developed with photographer Toby Smith, documents the Unknown Fields voyage from container ships and ports, wholesalers and factories, back to the banks of a barely-liquid radioactive lake in Inner Mongolia, where the refining process takes place. The still shows Liam Young, from Unknown Fields, collecting radioactive mud from the tailings lake at the outflow of Baogang Iron and Steel Corporation.  The mud was used to craft a set of three ceramic vessels. Each is sized in relation to the amount of waste created in the production of three items of technology – a smartphone, a featherweight laptop and the cell of a smart car battery. The full film and 3 finished vases produced from this mud, produced with ceramics artist Kevin Callaghan, will be on display in the V and A Gallery.  The exhibition “What is Luxury?” opens on 25 April and runs until 27 September 2015. Unknown Fields is a nomadic design studio that develops work through expeditions across the distant landscapes that lie behind the scenes of modern cities. In this project they retrace rare earth elements, which are widely used in high end electronics and green technologies, to their origins.

A Window On… Rare Earths


A Window On… Rare Earths
Thursday 30 November, 6 – 7.30pm
£4 CLICK HERE

Artists Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway will present their film Kuannersuit; Kvanefjeld (2016), a work-in-progress, forming the first part of the artists’ long-term investigation into the conflicts facing the community of Narsaq in southern Greenland. Narsaq is located next to the pristine Kvanefield Mountain, site of one of the richest rare earth mineral resources in the world, and the fifth largest uranium deposit. The screening will be followed by a Q&A.

This Thursday Late coincides with the open studio for our artist in residence Tzu-Ting Wang from Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan.

Thursday Late at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
On the last Thursday of the month the gallery stays open until 8pm offering an opportunity to drop in and enjoy an evening in the gallery or participate in a series of unique events exploring different aspects of the exhibitions programme. The event will start with welcoming Chinese Tea tasting experience led by local tea experts Tea Mandala.

Rare Book Club: CFCCA Archives


Rare Book Club: CFCCA Archives
7 December, 6 – 8pm
Free entry, reserve your place HERE

A behind the scenes look at the rich resource of leaflets, books, photographs and newspaper cuttings that tell the important story of CFCCA’s 30-year history while providing a unique insight into the social history of the Chinese community in Manchester.