Latest News at CFCCA

The Latest News at CFCCA

A page where you can find out the latest news, announcements and happenings at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

There is so much much going on at CFCCA it’s easy to miss some of our opportunities, announcements and developments.
This is a page where we can boast our achievements, promote our events and share the latest news and current affairs influencing Chinese contemporary art.

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Residency opportunity in K11 art village

Artist Residency opportunity in K11 art village, Wuhan, supported by CFCCA and Manchester City Council

Manchester City Council and CFCCA are pleased to announce an open call opportunity for a 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.

A delegation of Manchester based Councillors, business, education and cultural leaders will be visiting Wuhan in the beginning of November 2016 and CFCCA has partnered with Manchester City Council to provide a funded artist residency opportunity for one local artist to strengthen ties with the ‘sister’ city, by working within and starting dialogues with artists and organisations there.

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 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.

The artist will receive return flights from Manchester to Wuhan, materials expenses, a daily per diem for living expenses, access to a studio with inbuilt living accommodation, support from K11 staff and volunteers, support from K11 to host a workshop and event with local residents and artists, support from K11 and CFCCA to host an event/open studio for the Manchester/Wuhan delegation, and support from CFCCA to host a showcase event in Manchester after the residency is complete.

This residency opportunity is kindly funded by Manchester City Council and supported by CFCCA, K11 and Castlefield Gallery. To apply click here.

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Do Not Open

In partnership: CFCCA and Liverpool Biennial

Do Not Open

Entering one door hidden in a secret location within the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) gallery in Manchester you would not find yourself in another room within the gallery but emerging out on to the pavement on Stanhope Street in Liverpool. However, the doors through which you entered and exited are locked and marked ‘Do Not Open It’ so a passer-by might be wondering how you’ve traversed the two thresholds in the first place.

This pair of doors are a portal connecting the two cities, and though this portal may not in reality physically transport you from one place to another, the theoretical link between the two places exists and offers a subversive and magical anchoring of the two distinct but connected places.

Lu Pingyuan is the artist behind the doors, not literally stood behind them of course, but behind their conception. Pingyuan’s work within Liverpool Biennial itself spreads across the two northern cities, taking place both in Liverpool Biennial exhibition spaces and the CFCCA gallery in Manchester, a portal connecting not just the physical spaces but the separate pieces of work.

The doors look plain, they seem unobtrusive and subtle and are installed with no ceremony or identification other than a small brass plaque with a “Do Not Open It” engraving. Then again, the appearance of a nonsensical wooden door in the side of a former brewery’s brick wall may provoke some reaction.

The use of portals occur throughout the exhibitions within Liverpool Biennial in various forms. Celine Condorelli has made a physical portal within Cains Brewery but there are other sound and light based portals as well. A two sided portal is also the theme behind Pingyuan’s story from the Biennial publication The Two Sided Lake, in which a man emerges out of a lake in a small village in China after diving into one on the other side of the world.

Pingyuan’s work at CFCCA is similar in nature concerning the tracking and capturing of a ghost. A ghost who has not traversed the portal between life and the afterlife, is now to be forever entombed in a jar. The artist has captured the ghost as a rebuke to those British colonisers who erased much of the tangible and intangible histories of the places they visited, and he plans to bring the captured ghost to Shanghai when the exhibition ends. This layering of the real and the unreal, the physical and the ethereal is an interesting connection not just between the works of Lu Pingyuan but the episodic nature of the Biennial as a whole. This way, ‘episodes’ create a physical grouping but also a metaphorical premise for works and themes used throughout the Biennial.

Thinking about the real and the unreal side by side and whether or not you can access the portal is perhaps not the issue, and the current political climate of uncertainty within Europe and the UK, perhaps strengthening our links with each other – whether metaphorical or not – is a mode of resilience and support that we can all encourage.

Abi Mitchell, CFCCA

Writes for Corridor8 and No Culture Icons.

Alongside the exhibition in CFCCA’s Gallery 2, Lu Pingyuan has been working with Liverpool Biennial 2016 to create a new piece of work which draws upon his trademark elements of narrative and imagination. Do Not Open It is a site-specific installation featuring two doors; the first set into a brick wall on Stanhope Street in Liverpool and the second to be permanently installed at CFCCA. The doors are a portal between Liverpool and Manchester, designed to transport the audience through the Episodes which make up Liverpool Biennial 2016.

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The China Connection

Manchester After Hours 2016 - The China Connection Photo Competition

CFCCA, Stanley Chow and Manchester After Hours are running an interactive competition for people to submit their photos of the theme #TheChinaConnection in response to Stanley Chow’s inStanGram exhibition. CFCCA are looking for images that reflect Chinese culture in Manchester and vice versa.

CFCCA will select 30 of the winning photos to be exhibited in the centre on Thursday 12 May with the winner receiving a limited edition signed print by Stanley.

Deadline for submissions – Friday 29 April 2016

To find out how to get involved please visit:

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Tsang Kin-Wah and Gordon Cheung

CFCCA welcomes back two prominent Hong Kong artists for the 30 Years of CFCCA programme

On Thursday 7th April CFCCA will be launching two new exhibitions as part of its 30 Years of CFCCA anniversary programme from established Hong Kong artists Tsang Kin-Wah and Gordon Cheung. These exhibitions, supported by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, celebrate the work CFCCA has done in its 30 year history with emerging artists from Hong Kong who have gone on to achieve international acclaim.

After working with Tsang Kin-Wah in 2008, he returns for 30 Years of CFCCA with his new installation First trumpet in the new millennium which addresses one of the major world events of the 21st century to date; the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11th, 2001.

Gordon Cheung’s relationship with CFCCA began in 2004 when he took part in our unique ‘Breathe’ artist-in-residence programme. In 2008 he returned to Gallery 1 with his solo exhibition Death by a Thousand Cuts.  It is fantastic to welcome him back for a new Gallery 2 exhibition that will examine the relationship between civilisation and conquest – in particular China’s emergence as a 21st century global superpower.

Click here to RSVP to the launch event

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Art Basel Hong Kong 2016

CFCCA and University of Salford showcase works as part of their collection

CFCCA is pleased to participate in Videotage’s Showcase at the Crowdfunding Lab at the Art Basel Show in Hong Kong.

Following a breakthrough 2015 edition the upcoming Art Basel Hong Kong 2016 show offers a premier platform for showing works from across the globe, more than half from Asia and Asia Pacific. The show provides an in-depth overview of the region’s diversity through both historical material and cutting-edge works by leading and emerging artists.

As part of Art Basel Hong Kong, Videotage presents ‘Acentered – Reterritorized Network of European and Chinese Moving Image’. The exhibition features video art works from the Videotage Media Art Collection (VMAC) together with selected work from European partners, such as Casa Asia (Spain), Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and University of Salford Art Collection (UK), Connecting Spaces Hong Kong – Zurich (Switzerland), MOMENTUM (Germany) and videoclub (UK). Round-table discussions will be presented around various themes, with participants including local and international artists, curators, and other related professionals.

Click here to find out more

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30 years of CFCCA

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art celebrates its 30th anniversary

In 2016, CFCCA will celebrate its 30 year anniversary in Manchester with a high 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 will launch on 4 February 2016 to coincide with Chinese New Year.

Throughout its history it has sustained its commitment to representing Chinese arts and culture in the UK. Today it is the UK’s leading organisation for the promotion of Chinese contemporary art, producing an internationally renowned artistic programme and developing its reputation as a centre for research.

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. These artists include a monthly rotating exhibition in our Gallery 1 space featuring Xu Bing, Cao Fei, Lee Mingwei, Tsang Kin-Wah and susan pui san lok.

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Tessa Jackson joins CFCCA's Board of Trustees

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art appoints four new trustees

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) has recently appointed four new members to join its board of trustees. CFCCA’s trustees act as active and energetic champions for the gallery, offering expertise, connections and relationships to develop the organisation.

Following a rigorous recruitment process, CFCCA are proud to announce four new additions to their current board: David Bryan (Finance Manager at Manchester Museum and The Whitworth), Nathalie Cachet-Gaujard (Director of Education at China Britain Business Council), Tessa Jackson OBE (recent director of Iniva, Artes Mundi and Scottish Arts Council) and Allan Walker (Dean of the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford). These individuals come from a range of prestigious arts, academic and governance backgrounds and offer a range of complementary skills to CFCCA’s already robust board.

Peter Mearns, Chair of CFCCA’s board, says:
“I am thrilled to welcome our four new additions to our already diverse and skilled team of trustees at CFCCA. I am confident that the expertise they bring to the board will allow the organisation to grow and flourish over the next few years which include our 30th anniversary in 2016 and multi-venue exhibition plans for 2017. This is an exciting period for CFCCA.”

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Both Sides Now 2 screens at ICA

Before coming to CFCCA on 24 September the Both Sides Now 2 video artists from Hong Kong and the UK are screening at the Institute of Contemporary Arts

“Both Sides Now II” is a six-month long international film programme curated by Isaac Leung of Videotage and Jamie Wyld of videoclub. It constructs a social and political dialogue using 10 artists’ film and video works from the UK, China and Hong Kong spanning a quarter century which will be presented in a new exhibition that seeks to draw comparisons between the identity and culture of China and the UK. Presenting documentaries, animations and moving image works by established and emerging artists, the programme explores developments within culture and society across the regions over the past three decades.

In addition to screenings in various locations across the United Kingdom, China and Hong Kong, the programme features talks, a residency programme, and exhibitions at CFCCA, the K11 Art Space in Hong Kong and the V Art Center in Shanghai.

Online publication Art Radar spotlights the works of five Hong Kong and Chinese artists that are set to screen at the ICA London this September. 

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Manchester Contemporary 2015

CFCCA joins Manchester's biggest art fair from 24-27 September 2015 at the Old Granada Studios

The Manchester Contemporary returns for its 6th year with a record number of galleries as demand to participate in the fair continues to grow. The Manchester Contemporary is an invitational art fair that gives a platform to emerging galleries and their artists, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The only gathering of high–calibre, world-class contemporary art galleries outside London, The Manchester Contemporary brings together art lovers and buyers with the best of critically engaged contemporary art from regular exhibitors and new additions, as well as offering guided tours and visitor programmes.

CFCCA are delighted to be bringing rare collectible items of this art to The Manchester Contemporary.

Among our confirmed artists are:

Yan Xing
Chen Hangfeng
Bi Rongrong
Mathew Tom
Ting-Tong Chang
Cai Yuan
Christine Wong Yap

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Micro Micro Revolution artist shortlisted for Hugo Boss Art Award

Huang Po-chih (500 Lemon Trees) has been shortlisted for the prestigious Hugo Boss Asia Art Emerging Artist Award 2015.

It was announced on June 24th 2015 that one of the artists exhibiting in Micro Micro Revolution, Huang Po-chih (artist behind the 500 Lemon Trees project), was shortlisted for the extremely prestigious Hugo Boss Asia Art Emerging Artist Award 2015. Along with 6 other dynamic emerging artist he will be exhibiting as part of a group exhibition curated by Rockbund Art Museum from 30 October 2015 – 3 January 2016 with newly commissioned artworks to be unveiled.

Congratulations to Guan Xiao (China), Huang Po-Chih (Taiwan), Moe Satt (Myanmar), Maria Taniguchi (Philippines), Vandy Rattana (Cambodia) and Yang Xinguang (China).

On Thursday 2nd July CFCCA opens its gallery to environmentally and socially concerned artists from Taiwan as it celebrates socially-engaged art with an immersive exhibition that includes the reconstruction of a Sa-owac tribal hut and a temporary orchard of lemon trees.

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Li Binyuan hug raffle announced

At the Launch of Social Behaviours a raffle was drawn for an audience member to win the chance to receive a hug from the maverick artist

CFCCA is delighted to announce Matthew Merrick as the winner of our Li Binyuan hug raffle!

The competition was to offer the opportunity to become part of one Li Binyuan’s recorded performance art by entering a raffle to be documented receiving a prolonged hug from the artist at his live performance event on Thursday 14 May 2015.

Mr Merrick will be filmed and photographed receiving the hug and the footage will become an official part of Li Binyuan’s performance archive and will be added to the Chinese Contemporary Art Collection.

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CFCCA joins Plus Tate

CFCCA joins fifteen visual arts organisations across the UK in joining Plus Tate

CFCCA is pleased to announce that it is joining Plus Tate, the contemporary visual arts network, which is to expand by sixteen institutions. We join the original cohort of eighteen partners, plus the four Tate galleries, to virtually double the size of the group. In 2010, Plus Tate was launched to share collections and expertise and build a network which would use Tate’s resources to strengthen the contemporary visual arts ecology in the UK. The expansion comes in the wake of the Warwick Commission Report which highlighted the importance of building strong arts organisations outside London.

The decision to extend the Plus Tate network was announced in September 2014 and applications were received through an open process in which premium was placed on a strong artistic vision, a focus on contemporary art, outstanding public programming and a commitment to local community engagement through art.

Nicholas Serota, director of The Tate said: ‘Expanding the network will significantly change Plus Tate’s texture. These are all organisations that contribute to their local community but which have a national profile. The larger network will bring different kinds of experience into the pool and facilitate greater cooperation between partners.’

The new partners are:

Artes Mundi in Cardiff, Camden Arts Centre, Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester, Chisenhale Gallery in London, The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, Golden Thread in Belfast, Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston, John Hansard Gallery in Southampton, Liverpool Biennial, The MAC Belfast, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Modern Art Oxford, The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland, the South London Gallery and Spike Island in Bristol.

They join the original eighteen partners which are:

Arnolfini, BALTIC, Cornerhouse/HOME, firstsite, Glynn Vivian, Grizedale Arts, The Hepworth Wakefield, Ikon, Kettle’s Yard, mima, MOSTYN, Newlyn Art Gallery and the Exchange, Nottingham Contemporary, The Pier Arts Centre, Towner, Turner Contemporary, Whitworth Art Gallery, Wysing, plus the four Tate galleries.


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Call & Response: Chinese Whispers

Chris Paul Daniels explores his films through sound performance

On Wednesday 11th February, CFCCA and Chris Paul Daniels presented ‘Call and Response: Chinese Whispers’, a performance by sound artists Naomi Kashiwagi, Rosanne Robertson and Kelly Jayne Jones.

The performance marked the closing weeks of Chris Paul Daniel’s exhibition ‘A Tiger’s Skin’ which is on at CFCCA until March 22nd. ‘Over the course of one month, each artist was invited to respond to the exhibition’s themes of translation, re-enactment and interpretation, to create a ‘live score’ that was performed at CFCCA on the 11th.

The evening was a huge success with over 200 audience members turning up to experience the immersive sound performance.

You can view videos of the artists’ performances by clicking on their names below.

Kelly Jayne Jones

Naomi Kashiwagi

Rosanne Robertson

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Spotlight Taiwan: Harmonious Society

Spotlight Taiwan funds short film celebrating the Taiwanese artists that contributed to Harmonious Society

This film was created for CFCCA by Kate Rowles and was funded and supported by Taipei Representative Office, Cultural Division.

Harmonious Society (27 September – 23 November 2014) was the largest exhibition of contemporary Chinese art in the UK to date, featuring new commissions and UK premieres. Responding to the Asia Triennial Manchester 14 (ATM14) theme of ‘conflict and compassion’, this exhibition was seen from an international perspective, re-examining the ‘conflicts’ as well as the ‘harmony’ of China, or indeed, the Greater China, and that of Asia and the world.

The project invited more than 30 artists from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong to develop artistic responses. Almost all the works were UK premieres and many of them were specially commissioned and site-specific. It took place at six major venues across the city centre of Manchester, including Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, ArtWork, John Rylands Library, Museum of Science and Industry, National Football Museum and Manchester Cathedral.

Harmonious Society exhibited the works over 6 Taiwanese artists (Chang Huei-ming, Chen Chieh-jen, Cheng Ching-yuan, Kao Jun-honn, LuxuryLogico and Yao Jui-chung) – five of them exhibiting at the Taiwan installation at the Museum of Science and Industry with a sixth exhibiting at ArtWork. In addition to the exhibiting artists there was also a series of Taiwan focused events surrounding the MOSI exhibition.

CFCCA is thankful to the Taiwan Ministry of Culture for their support in the exhibition.

Click here to watch the video

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CFCCA appoints a new director for 2015

Interim Director Sarah Fisher passes the baton on to newly appointed Director Zoe Dunbar

The last two years have been a huge step change for the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA). In 2013 they celebrated their 10th anniversary in their building on Thomas Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter with a rebrand from their former identity as the Chinese Arts Centre. With a new commitment to being forward facing, international and innovative, the transition was envisioned and led by Interim Director Sarah Fisher who began post in February 2013.

It is time for CFCCA to continue on its journey as it announces the appointment of its new director Zoe Dunbar. Zoe will be handed the baton by Sarah Fisher in December 2014 to begin in earnest with the arrival of the new year. Zoe comes to CFCCA with significant experience of working with contemporary art and delivering unique and successful public programmes in a wide array of museums and galleries both nationally and internationally. Her most recent post was Head of Exhibitions at Imperial War Museum North, delivering high impact programming to include the museums artist interventions programme. She started her career at the Royal College of Art and has worked in a voluntary and paid capacity in a variety of different arts organisations ranging from Tate Modern to White Cube and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen.