Gallery 2: Samson Young


Gallery 2

Samson Young

7 July – 29 October

One of Two Stories, or Both (Field Bagatelles) is a newly commissioned radio series and gallery installation inspired by tales of Chinese migrants, presented as part of Manchester International Festival. Fresh from representing Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale, sound artist and composer Samson Young will take visitors and listeners on a journey inspired by the myths and legendary tales of 17th-century Chinese travellers making their way to Europe on foot.
The work begins with a fivepart radio series performed by a cast of actors, artists and musicians. Presented in front of a live studio audience over five evenings at Low Four in Old Granada Studios, this tapestry of sound, oral histories, songs and poetry will also be broadcast throughout Manchester on FM and online.

Following the radio series, an immersive audio-visual installation will be presented in the gallery at CFCCA. This multi-layered piece will incorporate material from the radio performances to provide another intriguing perspective to these stories, and investigate how journeys are remembered and retold.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Edouard Malingue Gallery, University of Salford Art Collection, and West Kowloon Cultural District. Supported by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London as part of its programme of events commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Gallery 1: From Ocean to Horizon

From Ocean to Horizon

Gallery 1

Au Hoi Lam
Ko Sin Tung
Kong Chun Hei
Sarah Lai
Ocean Leung
Tang Kwok-hin
Trevor Yeung

7 July – 29 October

Launch event
Thursday 6 July
6 – 8pm

From Ocean to Horizon is a group exhibition featuring established and emerging creative talents from Hong Kong, most of whom have previously never exhibited in the UK, presenting unique perspectives on living and working in present-day Hong Kong.

The title of the exhibition is inspired by the relationship between the ocean and the horizon line: a fluid, imaginary and liminal intersection between sea and sky. This shifting boundary is symbolic of Hong Kong as a city that defies categorisation, a dense metropolis undergoing continual and rapid physical, social and cultural transformations – and one that also has a very special relationship to the ocean with its unique island geography and famous deep, natural harbour.

Artists have been invited to reflect on how they have personally responded and adapted to change and uncertainty in their home city in the last two decades following the handover in 1997 and the impact this has had on their artistic practice, with the aim to contribute to a critical discussion about Hong Kong’s recent history.

Au Hoi Lam considers 1997 as a personal milestone, as this was the year she embarked on a career in fine art. For this exhibition, she
will be creating a large painting composed of fragments of her memories for each of the past 20 years in Hong Kong. Sarah Lai and Ko Sin Tung will create new works responding to the themes of oceans and bodies of water through their everyday experiences of living and working in Hong Kong. Ocean Leung’s new work will involve two moving image pieces which play on interventions and interruptions of our viewing experience whilst Trevor Yeung will draw from his practice of using locally sourced horticultural materials to poetically interpret our physical landscapes.

In Lying in Gardens 謊園 (2016) Tang Kwok-hin investigates the idea of formal borders, boundaries and official demarcations. Through this video installation he traces the physical divides that exist within public spaces in Hong Kong. In addition to the exhibition Kong Chun Hei will complete a two-month artist’s residency at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art funded by Manchester Metropolitan University through which he will develop work leading to a studio exhibition, responding to his experience of Manchester.

This exhibition is co-curated by Ying Kwok (Independent Curator, Hong Kong), Lindsay Taylor (Art Curator, University of Salford)
and Ying Tan (Curator, CFCCA) and has been made possible with the support of the University of Salford Art Collection, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London as part of its programme of events commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Image, above: Tang Kwok-hin, installation shot of Lying in Gardens (2016). Image courtesy of the artist.

Image, left: Trevor Yeung, Live in Hong Kong, Born in Dongguan (2015). Image courtesy of the artist.



Every Tuesday, 5-7pm
Free, drop in

Youthlab is open to young people aged 14-19 living in Greater Manchester. We meet weekly on Tuesdays, 5-7pm. No experience necessary to take part in our, free, fun and informal arts workshops & learning.

On Tuesday 24th October we are hosting a unique session to welcome new participants to Youthlab. If you would like more information before joining please contact Abi (Engagement Coordinator) on: / 0161 832 7271.

During your time with Youthlab you will take part in workshops, meet artists & gallery staff, visit other cultural spaces, research things that interest you and share your skills with others. The main aims of the group will be to allow young people the opportunity to provide views, ideas and fresh perspectives to inform the galleries future programme and events.

Recently, Youthlab have made stop motion animations, hosted their own block printing workshop, produced an exhibition, collaborated with Whitworth Young Contemporaries and learnt how use creative technology at MadLab.

As part of Youthlab you can work towards achieving an Arts Award Bronze, a unique qualification provided by Arts Award which supports young people to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with & take part in the wider arts world.

CFCCA can offer a small travel bursary of up to £5 per session per participant for public transport to the gallery to attend Youthlab. Please present your valid bus/tram/train tickets at the start of each session.

Upcoming dates:
Tuesday 10 October
Tuesday 17 October
Tuesday 24 October *Welcome session for new participants
Tuesday 31 October
Tuesday 7 November
Tuesday 14 November
Tuesday 21 November
Tuesday 28 November
Tuesday 5 December
Tuesday 12 December
Tuesday 19 December

Residency: Tzu-Ting Wang

Tzu-Ting Wang
Taipei Artist Village; Artist in
Residence exchange
8 October – 19 December
Open studio:
Thursday 30 November, 6 – 8pm
Recent fine art graduate Tzu-Ting Wang will take up residence at CFCCA as part of our annual exchange programme with Taipei Artist Village. Tzu-Ting Wang plans to use the residency to continue her interest in finding ways to create visual representations of the different states of emotion. Her work incorporates a diverse range of mediums such as painting, book binding and floral arrangements.

Visit the CFCCA website and follow our social media for more information about Tzu-Ting Wang’s residency and live updates as it progresses.

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, Families 7+, 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

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.


Digital Matters: The Earth Behind the Screen

Galleries 1 & 2

Lin Ke
MAP Office
Ellen Pau
Dani Ploeger
Unknown Fields
Yang Yongliang

3 November –
4 February 2018

Launch event
Thursday 2 November
6pm – 8pm

Digital Matters Symposium
Friday 3 November
10:30am – 5pm

Whilst the world is increasingly dependent on digital technologies, the physical impact of the electronics we use daily is often ignored. The complex internal structures of a mobile phone or a PC require not only the extraction of natural resources but also thousands of unique parts to be manufactured and disposed of in a cycle of production that enables us to engage in the digital realm. However, as the scale and potentially harmful impact of these processes becomes greater we must ask ourselves what is the social and environmental cost of our consumer desires?

Digital Matters: the earth behind the screen is a group exhibition exploring the relationship between the natural and the technological through artworks produced in Hong Kong and China. The participating artists attempt to interrogate the material foundations of our contemporary digital universe and its related socio-political and environmental concerns.

Artist duo MapOffice explore the numerous territorial disputes in the South and East China seas, in which the exhaustion of natural resources is a key issue. Design research studio Unknown Fields use animation and film to document the global production chain of electronic devices revealing the terrifying natural and social consequences of mineral extraction. New media artist Lin Ke playfully visualises nature in the era of climate change using only familiar software packages and his Mac’s user interface. Similarly, Yang Yongliang’s detailed digital motifs evolve from the traditional Chinese landscape tradition to question uncontrolled urbanisation and industrialisation in China, and how traditional customs and heritage are being forgotten and destroyed in the process. Ellen Pau and Dani Ploeger invite audiences to consider the threats of global production and consumption of electronics and start conversations about our role as consumers.

Curated by Marianna Tsionki (Research Curator, CFCCA & University of Salford) under the aegis of Manchester Metropolitan University as part of a curatorial industry based PhD.

Find out more about the Digital Matters Symposium held in conjunction with the exhibition on Friday 3 November, here.

Lin Ke, Robinson Crusoe (2011). Installation view. Image courtesy of the artist.


Digital Matters Symposium

Digital Matters Symposium
Friday 3 November, 10:30am-5pm
£4-£8, booking required
Location: New Adelphi Building, University of Salford, University Road, M5 4WT

The Digital Matters Symposium is held in conjunction with the exhibition Digital Matters: The Earth Behind the Screen, opening at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art on 3rd November 2017, exploring the relationship between the natural and the technological through artworks produced in Hong Kong, China and in the UK.

The Digital Matters Symposium wishes to host a debate around the interconnection among technology, nature and art. The symposium will give artists, curators and scholars the opportunity to reflect on the visual and theoretical expressions of the paradoxical relationship between technological progress and environmental destruction and discuss the role of new media art on the development of a new understanding of this relationship. Furthermore, it will explore how the curatorial space can inspire different geopolitical imaginaries by interrogating the “material alter ego” of our digital technocapitalist society. 

The symposium takes place at the University of Salford. Confirmed speakers are MAP Office (Artists, Hong Kong), Dani Ploeger (New Media Artist, UK), Dr Christopher Payne (Lecturer Chinese Studies, University of Manchester), Dr Steven Gartside (Curator, Holden Gallery), Dr Beccy Kennedy (Senior lecturer in Art History, Manchester Metropolitan University). As part of the symposium we will be screening Chinese filmmaker Zhao Liang's Behemoth (Venice Film Festival 2015). 

The symposium is supported by Asia Research Network for Arts and Media (ARNAM) .

Book your ticket here.