NOW: A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists

Dates: Friday 16 February to Sunday 29 April 2018

Times: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm (closed Mondays)

We launch our new season 'Concepts of Gender' with the opening of NOW: A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists. CFCCA are leading a national collaborative programme, which includes some of the most exciting female artists working in China today. As part of this we are showcasing seven emerging female Chinese artists in an exhibition exploring themes of identity and perception. This unique presentation includes several new commissions and work that has never been seen in the UK before.

Now is co-organised by Plus Tate, the China Central Academy of Fine Arts and the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in collaboration with HOME, Manchesterl Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; Nottingham Contemporary and Turner Contemporary, Margate. The programme is sponsored by the China National Arts Fund and supported by British Council, China.

For more information about NOW click here.

Na Buqi, Floating Narratives, 2018 Na Buqi, Floating Narratives, 2018
Year of the Dog, Official

Chinese New Year: Block printing workshop at the Trafford Centre

Date: Saturday 17 February

Times: 11am to 5pm

Location: intu Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AA

CFCCA will be running free workshops, using a traditional Chinese technique, which can be done using contemporary household objects! Drop in anytime throughout the day, to create your own unique print.

No booking required!

Chinese New Year: Block Printing workshop at the Arndale Centre

Date: Sunday 18 February

Times: 11am to 5pm

Location: Arndale Centre, Manchester, M4 1AZ

CFCCA will be running free workshops, using a traditional Chinese technique, which can be done using contemporary household objects! Drop in anytime throughout the day, to create your own unique print.

Year of the Dog, Official

Chinese New Year: Make Some Noise!

Make Some Noise!

Location: Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1EU

Saturday 17 February 2018

2pm to 4pm

This Chinese New Year we present Make Some Noise! A chance for you and the little ones to experiment and get creative with Makey Makey – a tool which allows you to connect everyday objects to computer programmes.

This experimental and fun workshop will allow you to explore what it sounds like in your day to day life. Learn more about digital technologies and the science of sound.

At the end of the workshop, the group will create a sound sequence that brings together everyones favourite noises and objects! Objects will be provided but feel free to bring your own also!

This workshop is £4 per child taking part, and adults can join for free! The ticket price includes refreshments. Please note all children will need to be accompanied by an adult.

This activity is suitable for children from ages 8 years and upwards.

Booking in advance is advised as places are limited. You can book via our eventbrite page here

Alternatively please call 0161 832 7271 or email and one of our team will be able to help you.

Make Some Noise! Makey Makey workshop

Film Focus: Hooligan Sparrow

International Women's Day

Film Focus: Hooligan Sparrow

Date: Thursday 8 March

Times: 6.30 - 8pm

Location: Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

To mark international Woman's Day 2018, CFCCA presents a special screening of Hooligan Sparrow by young filmmaker Nanfu Wang. The film follows maverick artist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a. Hooligan Sparrow) and her colleagues to Hainan Province in southern China to protest the case of six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal. Marked as enemies of the state, the activists are under constant government surveillance and face interrogation, harassment, and imprisonment.

Filmmaker Wang also becomes a target, as she faces destroyed cameras and intimidation. Yet she bravely keeps shooting guerilla style, with secret recording devices and hidden camera glasses. Eventually through smuggling footgae out of the country, Wang is able to tell the story of the activists, and their seemingly impossible battle for human rights.

This event is part of Wonder Women Festival 2018.

Running time 84 minutes

This event is £4 per ticket

Hooligan Sparrow, Nanfu Wang, 2016 - image courtesy of the artist

CFCCA Archive Road Show at Manchester Central Library

CFCCA archive roadshow at Manchester Central Library - Chinese New Year

Saturday 16 February & Sunday 17 February

12pm to 4pm

Come and join CFCCA at Manchester Central Library for Chinese New Year weekend and explore a selection of our Archive Material. We'll also be hosting FREE creative workshops for all ages to including badge making and collage workshops.

On the Sunday we'll also be joined by animators Rachel McMahon and Eleanor Mulhearn, who will be running a shadow puppet-making and projection workshop, inspired by the Year of the Dog and the Chinese Zodiac legend. Visitors can choose from a range of collage materials to create their own shadow puppets, exploring projection at miniature scale and if willing to don a mask and cloak, become a life-scale shadow! Small projections screens and materials for play will be available for smaller visitors.

No booking is required for these workshops, it is all on a drop in basis.

CFCCA Archive Road Show at Central Library


Are you aged 14 to 19 years old, creative and interested in learning more about working in the arts?

Our Youthlab returns this year, bigger and better! With thanks to Big Lottery Fund, from National Lottery Awards For All.

We'll be running these free sessions every Tuesday, 5pm to 7pm.

No experience is required and it is suitable for anyone who would like to learn more about artbe an artist or work in the arts.

In these sessions that will run from Tuesday 27 February 2018 up to the end of August, you will be working towards your Arts Award Bronze - a nationally recognised qualification.

As part of this you will:

        • Learn new and creative skills like print-making and photography


        • Meet new friends who share your interest in art


        • Meet and learn from arts professionals about different art careers


        • Get direct work experience of working in an art gallery


        • Learn how to create and run a workshop


        • Have the chance to use digital technologies to promote your projects


        • Work first-hand with artists

If you are interested in signing up and would like to find out more please email us on or phone 0161 832 7271 and ask for Abi.

To register please download the form here  and return by email to

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