30 Years of CFCCA

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art celebrates its 30th anniversary 

February-July 2016
Featuring artists Xu Bing, Cao Fei, Lee Mingwei, Tsang Kin-Wah, susan pui san lok, Gordon Cheung, RareKind China and Yu-Chen Wang

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 launched on 4 February 2016 to coincide with Chinese New Year; Year of the Monkey.

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.

Book from the Ground by Xu Bing – 5 - 28 Feb 2016
Xu Bing is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work has been exhibited by galleries and biennials across the world. CFCCA exhibited the Book from the Ground project: a book written completely in symbols and emoticons.

La Town by Cao Fei – 4 -27 March 2016
Cao Fei is a Chinese multimedia artist. Her works have been critically acclaimed and globally showcased. La Town is the story of a post-apocalyptic metropolis which is made entirely from the filming of sets and miniature models.

The First Trumpet in the New Millennium by Tsang Kin-Wah – 1 - 24 April 2016
Tsang Kin-Wah is a Chinese contemporary artist, known for his paintings and multimedia installations created out of the visual manipulation of text and language. His new commission looks at our turbulent recent history following the new millennium, marked with destruction by the September 11 attacks in 2001.

Between Going and Staying by Lee Mingwei –6 - 29 May 2016
Born in Taiwan in 1964 and currently living in New York City, Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations. Ming Wei’s Between Going and Staying takes place in a dimly lit gallery as fine black sand falls continuously through a broken light bulb suspended from the ceiling, quietly filling the entire room.

RoCH Fans and Legends by susan pui san lok –3 June - 3 July 2016
RoCH Fans & Legends is an exhibition and tour finishing at CFCCA for the 30 year programme. Commissioned work by artist susan pui san lok, the exhibition features single-screen and multi-screen moving image film works adapted from The Condor Trilogy, a classic Kung Fu series published in the late fifties.

Cao Fei, 'la town' 2015, Venice (1) Tsang Kin-Wah portrait (credit, photo by Kenji Morita) - flipped
CFCCA Both Sides Now II launch - 2015 - Arthur Siuksta

30 years of CFCCA launch

Thursday 4 February 2016, 7-9pm
Xu Bing, Rarekind China, Stanley Chow & Lu Xinjian

The launch of 30 years of CFCCA opened a very special anniversary programme of exhibitions and events featuring some of the best Chinese contemporary artists working today.

Over 350 people joined us on Thursday 4 February to celebrate with opening speeches from Sir Richard Leese (Leader of Manchester City Council), Simon Mellor (National Director of Arts, Arts Council England)  and artist Gordon Cheung and enjoy a selection of drinks, canapes and music.

In the galleries we unveiled an exhibition charting the timeline of CFCCA’s history; presenting internationally-acclaimed artist Xu Bing’s Book from the Ground project for the first time in the UK; and showcasing Rarekind China’s graffiti art project. Across the building we’re excited to be displaying newly commissioned works by Manchester artist Stanley Chow in his inStanGram exhibition and a site specific installation by artist Lu Xinjian.


Thursday Lates (Gallery 1 exhibition launches and curatorial tours) - Free
To launch each of these Gallery 1 & 2 artists we will be hosting a series of late openings combined with curatorial tours on the first Thursday of every month, starting with the overall programme launch on Thursday 4 February.

- Thursday 3rd March, 6-8pm – Cao Fei
- Thursday 7th April, 6-8pm – Tsang Kin Wah and Gordon Cheung
- Thursday 5th May, 6-8pm – Lee Mingwei
- Thursday 9th June, 6-8pm – susan pui san lok

Introduction to China talk series: “A Window on…” 
Free and open to all
As part of our 30th anniversary year in 2016, CFCCA will offer a series of talks giving an overview on contemporary art from China and the Asia Pacific. These talks bring together academics, with their in-depth knowledge of the region, and artists and curators who have personally experienced living, working and making art in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

- A Window on contemporary Chinese culture, Wednesday 24 Feb 6-8pm
- A Window on Mainland China, Wednesday 30 March 6-8pm
- A Window on Hong Kong, Wednesday 27 April 6-8pm
- A Window on Taiwan, Wednesday 25 May, 6-8pm
- A Window on Chinese Diaspora, Wednesday 29 June, 6-8pm

Our History

The organisation began its life in 1986 as a Chinese cultural festival held in Manchester’s Chinatown and organised by artist Amy Lai. Over the course of the following three decades the ‘Chinese View Arts Association’ has evolved across 3 venues and 2 name changes from Chinese Arts Centre to its current incarnation as Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA). 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.

Read more about our History.