Mandarin Corner

Every first Saturday of the month - next session Saturday 2nd May 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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Deathless Love

Deathless Love 死了都要爱

Performance: Thursday 14 May 2015, 7pm

Part of Manchester After Hours 2015: One Night. City Wide. Free Events.

As part Social Behaviours, Li Binyuan will enact his ground-breaking performance, Deathless Love to a live CFCCA audience as part of Manchester After Hours 2015, a city-wide evening celebration of Manchester’s culture, on 14th May. This will be a unique opportunity to witness an exciting work of live behavioural art; one that will interrogate ideas of artistic production while pushing the physical body to extremes of endurance, as Binyuan manually smashes over 100 hammers on a concrete plinth.

Binyuan will also be involving the winner of the competition from the Social Behaviours exhibition launch in a prolonged hug as part of a new piece of artwork.

"Li Binyuan’s Deathless Love transcended the (performance art) form. Performance art became spectator sport as the crowd cheered each successive smash, lifting Li’s flagging spirits whenever he collapsed onto the concrete plinth." - Brigid Delaney, The Guardian, Tuesday 20 January 2015

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Li Binyuan - Deathless Love (2015) Photographer_Mia-Forrest

Li Binyuan

Social Behaviours  众重行事

10 April– 31 May 2015

Li Binyuan is a young artist living, working and disturbing Beijing's everyday life with impromptu artistic interventions. He is challenging political and social restrictions, using his body as the medium of this sensuous production. Following his experimental paradigms of behavior art CFCCA will attempt to re-create a model of Social Behaviours, inviting our audience to actively participate to an interactive exploratory engagement with his artworks. Social Behaviours will be celebrating his performances exhibiting some of the video recordings that comprise part of his practice.

The preview event will include a live discussion on some of the issues and themes surrounding Li Binyuan's work. Particularly the role of film and documentation in live art, what it means to disrupt social behaviours through performance and the role of the audience.

There will also be an opportunity to become part of Li Binyuan's 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.

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Li Binyuan - 2米45·跳远练习  2.45m Long jump exercises, 行动记录 单频录像 Action and video, 6′19″,2014

Clemens Wilhelm

15 April– 7 June 2015

In Clemens Wilhelm's video “SIMULACRA” one observes seemingly absurd moments of Chinese tourists posing in a world which seems to have shrunk.

“SIMULACRA” was shot in the “Window of the World” Entertainment Park in Shenzhen (China) which presents 140 copies of the world's most famous tourist attractions.  A tour through the park simulates a journey around the world: the Gizeh Pyramids, Stonehenge, the Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, the Taj Mahal, etc. Each model's size appears to relate to its touristic importance. European and American sights dominate the Asian, African, and Oceanian ones. What do these iconic sites mean when they are taken out of their original contexts?

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Chinese New Year 2015

Public Screening in St. Ann's Square

Illuminos screening of Sun Xun's films onto St. Ann’s Church: 19, 20 and 21 February 2015, 6-10pm

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) presents the UK premiere of Sun Xun’s ‘What happened in the year of the dragon’. Three of Sun Xun’s films will be projected onto the side of St. Ann’s Church in Manchester City Centre as part of the city’s Chinese New Year celebrations with Heart of Manchester BID and CityCo. The films will be projected as part of a public art screening with digital public artists Illuminos.

The selection of films being projected onto St. Anne's Square includes:

- Coal Spell (2008)
Chinese Words (2005)
- What happened in the year of the dragon (2014) (trailer)

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Harmonious Society at CFCCA

Artists: Liu Xiadong and Pak Sheung

The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art has a 28-year history of showcasing Chinese artists from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the diaspora. It is now working nationally to extend knowledge about Chinese contemporary art within the context of the ‘Chinese Century’ and the global shift east.

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
Market Building
Thomas Street
M4 1EU

 Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00 (Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays)

Main telephone: 0161 832 7271

 Twitter: @CFCCA_UK
Facebook: Centre-for-Chinese-Contemporary-Art
Instagram: cfcca_uk

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Liu Xiaodong - In Between Israel & Palestine (2013) - image courtesy of the artist Pak Sheung - Hong Kong History Series- image courtesy of the artist

Harmonious Society at Manchester Cathedral

Artists: Zheng Guogu (Yangjiang), Li Wei (Beijing)

Manchester Cathedral is a Grade 1 listed masterpiece awarded a charter by Henry V in 1421. The Cathedral is a historic institution, a place of worship and a medieval tourist attraction. All welcome.

Manchester Cathedral
Victoria Street
M3 1SX

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 6.00pm, Sunday 10am – 6.30pm
(These times may vary during special events.)

Main telephone:  +44(0)161 833 2220

Twitter: @ManCathedral
Facebook: ManchesterCathedral

Click here to download the Harmonious Society Brochure

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Li Wei A Decorative Thing, 2014 photo Tristan Poyser Li Wei - untitled (2014) - image courtesy of the artist