Gallery 1: Suki Chan

Lucida & Lucida II

27 January – 30 April
Preview - Thursday 26 January, 6 - 8pm

Gallery 1 & 2

Weaving together extraordinary images, bio-medical research and individual testimonies, Lucida exposes the curious and complex relationship between the human eye, the brain and vision.

Working with a camera obscura, artist Suki Chan became intrigued by how our eyes receive images upside down, yet the brain processes and interprets them the correct way up. The mechanisms of our visual perception mean that at any given moment we actually see much less than we perceive. Our everyday experience of viewing a perfect and stable image of the world with ‘photographic’ detail is, in a certain sense, an illusion.

Residency: Jiayi Hu

501 Artspace; Residency Exchange

Wednesday 22 February - Wednesday 26 April

Open Studio:
Thursday 20 - Sunday 24 April

CFCCA facilitates the exchange of artists between the UK and cultural institutions all over Greater China to provide opportunities for artists to experience creating work within different culture contexts. Launching our new residency exchange programme with 501 Artspace based in Chongqing, China is artist Jiayi Hu. Her multimedia practice explores the nature of life; using photography, video, installation, performance and new media to experiment and traverse the concept of ‘in the now’.


A Window On… Hong Kong, the disappearing city

A Window On… Hong Kong, the disappearing city
Thursday 20 April, 6 – 8pm
Price: £3 to book click HERE

How do you live in a disappearing city? In this talk, researcher and writer En Liang Khong will explore the political and artistic legacy of Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’, as the city-state enters an era of unprecedented identity crises and (self-)censorship. From the Legislative Council through to film theatres, the politics and culture of Hong Kong are drenched in a profound anxiety over the future. Beginning with artworks that emerged during the 2014 democracy protests, through to recent exhibitions that traverse issues of national identity, En Liang Khong traces artistic production in Hong Kong as it is caught up in a ‘culture of disappearance’.

Above image © Michael Wolf. Image courtesy of Flowers Gallery.

Gallery 1: Eason Tsang Ka Wai

A Look at Looking

12 May – 25 June
Preview - Thursday 11 May, 6-8pm

Gallery 1

Eason Tsang Ka Wai uses photography and experimental media to create artworks on the theme of living in the modern city, and his lens provides a unique perspective on the experience of living and working in his hometown – the rapidly-developing city of Hong Kong. Tsang’s imagery of both public and interior spaces explores poignant and universal issues faced by city-dwellers, such as the pressing desire for escape from the crowded urban environment and hidden anxieties about excessive modernisation.

Images courtesy of the artist and Blindspot Gallery.

Gallery 2: Michael Wolf

A Private Public

12 May – 18 June
Preview - Thursday 11 May, 6-8pm

Gallery 2

For over twenty years German photographer Michael Wolf has captured the hyper-density of the city of Hong Kong through his large-scale photographs. A Private Public presents Hong Kong’s seemingly endless industrial facades contrasted with an intimate perspective from within its hidden network of back alleys.

Since his arrival in the city in 1994, Wolf has been absorbed in an alternative urban culture, condensed and preserved within Hong Kong’s ‘laneways’. Somewhere between public and private spaces, these alleys are utilized by the population in a myriad of ways; forming shortcuts between the main thoroughfares, they also provide quiet resting places or much-needed storage space for residents.

Film focus: Big City Little Man

Film focus: Big City Little Man
Thursday 18 May, 6 – 7pm
Cost: £3 to book click HERE and ain the CFCCA shop

Tea Tasting: upon arrival
Screening: 6.15pm - 7.15pm
CFCCA, Jasmine Suite

As part of our lens based media programme we present a one off screening of 'Big City Little Man' a short film by Ho Fan with James Lai (1963), 30 mintues. This silent film presents the story of a man who is lost in a 'Big City', pretending to be someone who he is not. Ho Fan, nicknamed 'the great master' earned his fame as one of Asia's most beloved street photographers, capturing Hong Kong in the 1950s and 60s.
Ho Fan once stated 'I love Hong Kong and I love Hong Kong people' - never intending to create a historic record of the city's buildings and monuments he set out to capture the soul of Hong Kong through the hardship and resilience of its citizens.

The screening event will also include:
'She Said Why Me', May Fung, Hong Kong 1989, 8 min
A woman travels, blindfolded, from an ancient countryside temple to a bustling city. Her surroundings change, but her sense of unease lingers. The director uses a distinctively female perspective to combine the past and present, expressing a sense of anxiety that permeated Hong Kong during that particular moment in time.

May Fung (Hong Kong, born 1952) is a filmmaker, video artist, curator, and critic. Her works are personal and political, touching upon issues such as gender, environment, and cultural landscape. She works in moving image, installation, and performance, and she has also worked with the theatre as an experimental platform.

The screening will be preceeded by a welcoming Chinese tea tasting experience provided by our partners, Tea Mandala.

Still image from 'Big City Little Man', Ho Fan and James Lai (1963)

A Window On… Samson Young and the Hong Kong Pavilion

A Window On… Samson Young and the Hong Kong Pavilion
Thursday 15 June, 6 – 7pm
Cost: £3 to book click HERE

An artist and a composer, Samson Young studied music, philosophy and gender studies at the University of Sydney and then earned a PhD from Princeton University, in musical composition. His conceptual projects and installations deal extensively with the power and politics of sound. In 2015, he was awarded the inaugural BMW Art Journey Award and he will be representing Hong Kong at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Join us to dicuss his unique and exciting practice and forthcoming projects.


Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) is leading the UK in exploring Chinese contemporary culture through a diverse range of art and artists. Centrally located in Manchester’s creative Northern Quarter, our gallery is open six days a week and free to enter.

We have a proud 30-year history of UK ‘first’ solo exhibitions, featuring exceptional emerging artists that go on to achieve international acclaim. We work with a wide array of partners to provide audiences with a lively and innovative programme of exhibitions, residencies, engagement projects, festivals and events.  As the only non-profit organisation in Europe to specialise in Chinese contemporary art and visual culture we are uniquely placed to explore the trans-cultural debates that will shape our future.

The centre includes two gallery spaces, shop and Jasmine Suite, where we hold our talks and events, as well as external events.

Find out more about our History.

Opening hours:
Tuesday - Sunday 
10 - 5pm

Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays

Mandarin Corner

Every first Saturday of the month, 1.30 - 3.30pm 

Mandarin Corner is an informal monthly workshop, held at CFCCA, 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 exhibition or other current affairs.

Sessions 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 currently required however please do ensure that you arrive on time for the start of sessions.

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