5 February - 31 December 2016
Part of 30 years of CFCCA
CFCCA is proud to launch our new limited edition print shop with a series of exclusive works by celebrated Manchester artist Stanley Chow.
We originally worked with Stanley Chow in 2014 when we hosted The Takeaway, a retrospective of his work influenced by memories of his childhood. The exhibition and accompanying sale of his artworks was extremely well attended and a highlight of CFCCA's programme.
John Moores Painting Prize (China) 2014
7 July - 7 August 2016, Preview - Wed 6th July 2016, 6-8pm
CFCCA continues its relationship with the John Moores Painting Prize (China) through a presentation of work by 2014 prize winner Zheng Haozhong.
Born in 1985, Zheng Haozhong graduated from Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2008. A young rising star, he has already attracted the attention of art institutions and private art collections around the world.
Zheng paints the life surrounding him, providing a refreshing look into the changing landscape of rural China today. Working primarily with oil on canvas, his works give us a fresh take on portraiture. Both lyrical and thoughtful, the artist lets the ideas of space and time play out directly in his paintings.
24 June - 31 July, Preview – Thursday 23 June, 6-8pm
Part of 30 years of CFCCA
Live Art Performance
CFCCA, Thursday 23 June 2016, 6-8pm
Performance: 6.30pm | Click here to RSVP
The preview event for Yu-Chen Wang’s exhibition will feature a live performance of The Island in Gallery 2, developed from the artist’s project of the same name (2015) and performed by Katherine Godfrey. This will mark the second collaboration between Katherine and Yu-Chen with CFCCA; The Splash and A Last Drop was performed at Manchester’s Victoria Baths as part of FutureEverything Festival (2011).
James Stanley, the Seventh Earl of Derby
5 August – 17 October 2016
Preview - Thursday 4 August 2016, 6-8pm
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Shanghai-based artist, Lu Pingyuan (b. 1984, Zhejiang Province, China) writes stories as a way to express his artistic points of view. The stories are partly authentic and partly fictional, often enigmatic and concerned with spiritual themes. His interest in the supernatural attracted him to the reports of mysterious sightings of a ghost, seen by staff of the Ye Olde Man and Scythe pub in Bolton and also captured on CCTV.
The pub, which dates from 1251, is the fourth-oldest pub in Britain and is reputedly haunted by the Seventh Earl of Derby, James Stanley. The royalist, whose family originally owned the inn, is said to have spent the last hours of his life there before he was beheaded in 1651 towards the end of the Civil War.
On learning about this phenomenon, Lu Pingyuan was inspired to attempt to catch the ghost of this historical figure - a symbolic act in reaction to the UK’s colonialist past, which saw great losses of both tangible and intangible cultural assets by other nations.
Alongside the exhibition in CFCCA’s Gallery 2, Lu Pingyuan has been working with Liverpool Biennial 2016 to create a new piece of work which draws upon his trademark elements of narrative and imagination. Do Not Open It is a site-specific installation featuring two doors; the first set into a brick wall on Stanhope Street in Liverpool and the second to be permanently installed at CFCCA. The doors are a portal between Liverpool and Manchester, designed to transport the audience through the Episodes which make up Liverpool Biennial 2016.
Taipei Artist Village Exchange Programme
15 August - 14 November 2016
Open Studio: Thursday 20 October 2016, 6-8pm
Through his practice, Taiwanese artist Kuo I-Chen interrogates the process of residencies themselves. He recently developed the STUPIN website, a platform for residency exchange allowing artists to directly swap studios and resources, creating new opportunities for collaboration.
For his CFCCA residency, I-Chen will work with different artists, studios and University courses across the city of Manchester to explore the concepts of collaboration and exchange.
Remnants of an Electronic Past
19 August – 9 October 2016, Preview - Thursday 18 August 2016, 6-8pm
This year Manchester celebrates its position as European City of Science 2016. To mark this occasion, CFCCA’s programme will explore the boundaries between art and science through the lens of Chinese contemporary art. Opening this programme is Remnants of an Electronic Past, a solo exhibition from Shanghai based new media artist 'aaajiao'.
Trained as a computer programmer, aaajiao works extensively with new technologies through his work (even his artist name comes from the handle of his online presence).
Through reproduction of sculptural elements to represent a ‘digital graveyard’, aaajiao uses his own unique approach to contemporary technology to contemplate what happens to obsolete versions of software as technology moves forward asking the question, where does software go to die?