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: Helen Couchman

Epoch, Beijing 2006 - 2012
Studio exhibition:
27 January - 19 February, 10 – 5pm

Helen Couchman lived and worked in Beijing for seven years, having arrived on the Trans Mongolian Train No. 4 at Beijing Main Station in early 2006. In Epoch, Beijing 2006 - 2012, Couchman presents works created while living in Beijing in an extended studio exhibition. She used printmaking, both etching chine-collé and using a technique new to her but traditional to Beijing – woodblock printing. Couchman’s body of work during her time in Beijing also included installation, photography, drawing, collage, performative pieces, giving talks and tutorials, and publishing books. All were in response to her particular surroundings in those years.

Image credit:
Helen Couchman, Wang Zijun from the 'WORKERS' series,
Beijing, (2007). Image courtesy of the artist.

Video credits:
Traveling together, months 7 & 8. Taipei. 7 January - 5 March 2016
(一起旅行・第 7 與第 8 個月.台北・1月7日 - 3月5日.2016 )

英國曼徹斯特華人當代藝術中心交流計畫 CFCCA Exchange Program /
來訪藝術家 Visiting Artist:
Helen COUCHMAN 海倫・考曼

進駐期程 Residency Period:
2016年第一季 First quarter, 2016

進駐地點 Residency Location:
台北國際藝術村 Taipei Artist Village

A Window On… Suki Chan’s Lucida

A Window On… Suki Chan’s Lucida
Thursday 16 February, 6 – 7pm
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To coincide with her exhibition at CFCCA artist Suki Chan will be in conversation with Adam Galpin, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Salford, to discuss the development of her project Lucida: how her interest in the subject began, her research methodologies and technical challenges. Adam Galpin was one of the scientists who contributed to the 3 channel interactive video work. He specialises in tracking eye-movements to understand how people process visual stimuli, having published on reading, driving, picture processing, Parkinson’s disease and the use of prosthetics.

Film focus: Interviews and Interventions

Film focus: Interviews and Interventions
Thursday 16 March, 6 – 7pm
Cost: £3 to book click HERE

In the first of our Film focus events we showcase the film work of local artists and students. The screening will include documentation of CFCCA’s recent events and exhibitions; the results of a partnership project between CFCCA and students from Manchester School of Art and University of Salford, who were invited to make short films about CFCCA’s programme. The films will feature artist interviews, live event documentation and short artist video works. Join us for an informal evening celebrating local and emerging film talent.

A Window On… Hong Kong, the disappearing city

A Window On… Hong Kong, the disappearing city
Thursday 20 April, 6 – 8pm
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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 – 18 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

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 minutes. 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. Ho Fan won close to 300 local and international awards and titles for his work, and was talent spotted by the film industry where he made his career as an actor before moving into directing.

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
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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.

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