Mandarin Corner

Every first Saturday of the month - next session Saturday 4 July 1.30 - 3.30pm - hosted by Joy Wang

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.

For more information and enquiries please email: 

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Saturday Supplement: Taiwanese Art in Action

The Whitworth
Saturday 4 July, 11am – 4pm

Artists: Huang Po-chih, Rosanne Robertson & Debbie Sharp
Guest speaker:  Ying Tan (CFCCA curator) Helen Stalker (Whitworth Curator)

The Whitworth’s monthly Saturday Supplements are a day of informal tours, workshops and more that engage with current themes in their gallery programme. July’s Saturday Supplement will be delivered in collaboration with CFCCA in response to The Whitworth’s exhibition The M+ Sigg Collection: Chinese Art from the 1970s to now, featuring highlights from the M+Sigg collection and also Micro Micro Revolution, CFCCA’s summer exhibition exploring socially engaged art practices in Taiwan.

Throughout the day Huang Po-chih will be resident in The Whitworth’s South Gallery to present his project Five Hundred Lemon Trees in the form of a mini installation explaining the practice and success of his work along with his poetry responding to themes within this “art meets social enterprise” project.  Po-chih will also show a selection of documentaries about the project’s work with farming communities in Taiwan.

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Huang Po-chih - 'Five Hundred Lemon Trees'

Ting-tong Chang

Clockwork Dreams | 原形機器人 

Residency Studio
Artist: Ting-tong Chang
Date: 17 July - 2 August, 2015
Preview: Thursday 16 July 2015, 6-8pm - click here to RSVP

Former “Breathe” artist-in-residence Ting-Tong Chang returns to CFCCA to showcase a recent body of work investigating automatons (self-moving machines) as a means to explore utopian visions. Ting Tong constructs talking automatons presenting absurd dialogues exploring socio-politically loaded issues, whilst a series of drawings chart a journey through a mythical landscape.

The exhibition opens with the newly commissioned donation box So Far So Good to replace the much loved Pay-as-you-go (2012) currently situated by CFCCA's front desk. Every time a visitor donates a coin, the fish-like automaton will simulate swimming whilst delivering a speech revealing a personal story from life underwater in the Thames River.

Ting-Tong was born in Taiwan and received his MFA at Goldsmiths, University of London where he currently lives and works.


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Symposium: Transcultural Landscapes on Art and Ecology

Symposium: Transcultural Landscapes on Art and Ecology
The Whitworth
Friday 3 July, 10am – 5pm

£10 / £5 concession – Click here to book

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) presents a day long symposium, in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and held at The Whitworth, which seeks to connect international and interdisciplinary artists, researchers and cultural and environmental practitioners from Taiwan and UK. The main purpose of the symposium is to discuss the role of contemporary art in addressing recent politico-ecological evolutions in contemporary societies, exploring relations between environmental art, ecological science and public engagement.

Continuing a major consideration of the Micro Micro Revolution exhibition, the symposium will act as a platform for knowledge exchange and potential collaborations, initiating a global dialogue. The event will focus on the correlation of contemporary art and environmental action, and the social implications and responsibilities of ecologically-focussed art practice.

Click here to book your place

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Hsu Su-chen & Lu Chien-ming, 'Plant Matter Needed' 2015

Micro Micro Revolution

Micro Micro Revolution | 微型小革命

3 July - 6 September, 2015
Preview Launch: Thursday 2 July, 6-8pm
Places limited: Click here to RSVP

Associate Curator: Lu Pei-yi

Micro Micro Revolution aims to explore the power of art as a vehicle to address social change in Taiwan through three socially-engaged art projects: A Cultural Action at the Plum Tree Creek, Plant-Matter Needed and 500 Lemon Trees. These ongoing process-based, participative projects use art as a vehicle for addressing environmental issues, as a form of resistance, and as a platform for exchange.

This exhibition will introduce visitors to environmental concerns in Taiwan such as land-use, pollution, and sustainability. The Micro Micro Revolution event programme will provide a platform for discussion around the key aspects of the exhibition.

Micro Micro Revolution is supported by Spotlight Taiwan and the University of Salford

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