CFCCA leads the UK in exploring the Chinese century through contemporary art.

We are the only not-for-profit organisation working exclusively in the field of Chinese contemporary art. We are keen to share our passion and expertise in Chinese contemporary art, and believe in encouraging interest and dialogue around contemporary culture between East and West. We are uniquely placed to explore the trans-cultural debates that will shape our future and we want to invite you to share in, and contribute to these conversations.


For those interested in our previous work you can visit our online archive which pulls together content from the last decade of exhibitions and programming in our building in the heart of Manchester city centre.

CFCCA’s Chinese Contemporary Research Network, welcomes artists, curators, academics, creatives and anyone interested in connecting with or knowing more about Chinese contemporary art and visual culture. Exclusive to network members we offer our Research Curator’s blog and research archive, a searchable resource with a growing collection of easy to read posts about interesting projects, exhibitions, events or writing on what is happening in, and in relation to China today, socially, politically and culturally.

We invite partners and members to share or sign post to any relevant topic or project and endeavour to connect to other networks in the UK and beyond.

Make your way to the Chinese Contemporary Research Network information page to find out more.

If you would like to join the network please contact: The network is free to join, and you will be invited to access the online platform and research archive. If you are already a member you can login here: Chinese Contemporary Research Network site

We regularly publish texts exploring the field of Chinese contemporary art and have an extensive back catalogue of publications available for purchase in our shop or via our distribution partners, Cornerhouse Publications

These include:

Institution for the Future

The Song of the Machines

Alternatives to Ritual: Exhibition as a medium in China

A History of Exhibitions: Shanghai 1979-2006

Gathering Momentum


Cao Fei – Haze and Fog

Produced to coincide with the exhibition of Cao Fei’s Haze and Fog at CFCCA from 26 October – 7 December 2013. Haze and Fog marks a new chapter for CFCCA as the first artwork acquired for the New Chinese Contemporary Art Collection, the first collection of its kind in the UK created in partnership with University of Salford.

The ebook presents critical and diverse perspectives of the film, provided by Lindsay Taylor (Arts Curator at University of Salford), Chris Berry (Professor of Film Studies at Kings College London), Katie Hill (Director of Office of Contemporary Chinese Art), Xavier Aldana Reyes (Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University) and Francesca Tarocco (Co-director of the NYU Institute for Shanghai Studies).

Download the Haze and Fog eBook



Wu Chi-Tsung

Produced to complement CFCCA’s (formerly Chinese Arts Centre) partnership programme, Recalibrate, supported by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture. Working together with Peter Scott Gallery (Lancaster) and Site Gallery (Sheffield), the 3 venues present the first UK solo showcase of Taiwanese artist Wu Chi-Tsung. Collectively showing a range of previous and newly commissioned works over 2013-14, the partnership offers unique insight and perspective into the artists’ work and wider perspectives and trends of contemporary Chinese arts practice.

CFCCA showcased two key works by the artist, including a collection of cyanotypes from the series Wrinkled textures and a brand new commissioned installation, Crystal City 004. Both sets of work present two very different areas of interest for the artist, but both are inherently connected by his aspirations and fears for an ever changing world. Wu Chi-Tsung was on show at CFCCA between 30 August – 12 October 2013.

Contributors: Elizabeth Wewiora (Programme and Engagement Coordinato, CFCCA), Rachel Marsden (Research Curator, CFCCA), Professor Jiehong Jiang (Professor of Chinese Art, BCU)

Download the Wu Chi-Tsung eBook