Gallery 2: Samson Young


ONE OF TWO STORIES, OR BOTH (FIELD BAGATELLES)

Gallery 2

Samson Young

7 July – 29 October

One of Two Stories, or Both (Field Bagatelles) is a newly commissioned radio series and gallery installation inspired by tales of Chinese migrants, presented as part of Manchester International Festival. Fresh from representing Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale, sound artist and composer Samson Young will take visitors and listeners on a journey inspired by the myths and legendary tales of 17th-century Chinese travellers making their way to Europe on foot.
The work begins with a fivepart radio series performed by a cast of actors, artists and musicians. Presented in front of a live studio audience over five evenings at Low Four in Old Granada Studios, this tapestry of sound, oral histories, songs and poetry will also be broadcast throughout Manchester on FM and online.

Following the radio series, an immersive audio-visual installation will be presented in the gallery at CFCCA. This multi-layered piece will incorporate material from the radio performances to provide another intriguing perspective to these stories, and investigate how journeys are remembered and retold.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Edouard Malingue Gallery, University of Salford Art Collection, and West Kowloon Cultural District. Supported by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London as part of its programme of events commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Gallery 1: From Ocean to Horizon


From Ocean to Horizon

Gallery 1

Artists
Au Hoi Lam
Ko Sin Tung
Kong Chun Hei
Sarah Lai
Ocean Leung
Tang Kwok-hin
Trevor Yeung

7 July – 29 October

Launch event
Thursday 6 July
6 – 8pm

From Ocean to Horizon is a group exhibition featuring established and emerging creative talents from Hong Kong, most of whom have previously never exhibited in the UK, presenting unique perspectives on living and working in present-day Hong Kong.

The title of the exhibition is inspired by the relationship between the ocean and the horizon line: a fluid, imaginary and liminal intersection between sea and sky. This shifting boundary is symbolic of Hong Kong as a city that defies categorisation, a dense metropolis undergoing continual and rapid physical, social and cultural transformations – and one that also has a very special relationship to the ocean with its unique island geography and famous deep, natural harbour.

Artists have been invited to reflect on how they have personally responded and adapted to change and uncertainty in their home city in the last two decades following the handover in 1997 and the impact this has had on their artistic practice, with the aim to contribute to a critical discussion about Hong Kong’s recent history.

Au Hoi Lam considers 1997 as a personal milestone, as this was the year she embarked on a career in fine art. For this exhibition, she
will be creating a large painting composed of fragments of her memories for each of the past 20 years in Hong Kong. Sarah Lai and Ko Sin Tung will create new works responding to the themes of oceans and bodies of water through their everyday experiences of living and working in Hong Kong. Ocean Leung’s new work will involve two moving image pieces which play on interventions and interruptions of our viewing experience whilst Trevor Yeung will draw from his practice of using locally sourced horticultural materials to poetically interpret our physical landscapes.

In Lying in Gardens 謊園 (2016) Tang Kwok-hin investigates the idea of formal borders, boundaries and official demarcations. Through this video installation he traces the physical divides that exist within public spaces in Hong Kong. In addition to the exhibition Kong Chun Hei will complete a two-month artist’s residency at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art funded by Manchester Metropolitan University through which he will develop work leading to a studio exhibition, responding to his experience of Manchester.

This exhibition is co-curated by Ying Kwok (Independent Curator, Hong Kong), Lindsay Taylor (Art Curator, University of Salford)
and Ying Tan (Curator, CFCCA) and has been made possible with the support of the University of Salford Art Collection, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London as part of its programme of events commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Image, above: Tang Kwok-hin, installation shot of Lying in Gardens (2016). Image courtesy of the artist.

Image, left: Trevor Yeung, Live in Hong Kong, Born in Dongguan (2015). Image courtesy of the artist.

Workshop: Waxing Lyrical


Waxing Lyrical: wax resist fabric workshop
Saturday 22 July, 1 – 4pm
Jasmine Suite, CFCCA
Suitable for all ages, pre-booking required
Price: £6 adult/£4 children (under 12)* - CLICK HERE
*ticket price includes materials
Join local artist and print specialist Joe Ford in a workshop that will use wax crayons and water colours to create a simple, beautiful wax resist painting on fabric inspired by our exhibition From Ocean to Horizon to take home ready to hang on your wall!

The workshop is drop in, please arrive anytime before 3.30pm, recommend at least 1 hour to complete your piece of art work. Please be aware that if the workshop is full as you arrive there may be a short wait.

Film Focus: Translation(s) III; Bodies In Transit


Film Focus: Translation(s) III; Bodies In Transit
Thursday 27 July, 6 – 7.30 pm
£4  CLICK HERE

Translation(s) III presents artists’ perspectives on globalisation and the movement of people, and subsequently how we establish and understand new personal identities and the location of cultures. This international video art project is curated by two European artists working in Hong Kong, Zoran Poposki and Laurence Wood.

Thursday Late at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
On the last Thursday of the month the gallery stays open until 8pm offering an opportunity to drop in and enjoy an evening in the gallery or participate in a series of unique events exploring different aspects of the exhibitions programme. The event will start with a welcoming Chinese Tea tasting experience, led by local tea experts Tea Mandala.

Workshop: Tea Total


Tea Total: Tea Tasting Workshops with Tea Mandala
Sunday 24 September, 2 – 4pm
Sunday 10 December, 2 – 4pm
Festive Weekend Special with winter themed teas!
£10, Advance booking required - CLICK HERE

Join us on a journey from leaf to cup, and sample some of the finest teas from China and all over the world. We’ll show you how to get the best flavour from your tea leaves with some expert brewing tips, and demonstrate different ways to infuse them, from traditional methods to modern techniques. Whether you love your ‘normal tea’ with milk, or consider yourself a tea connoisseur, these are enjoyable and informative afternoons for all.

Dates:
Sunday 24 September - explore exquisite teas and learn how they are expertly made by generations of tea masters from old trees with great lineage, and experience why these particular teas are so prized.

Sunday 10 December - part of our Festive Weekend Special with winter themed teas!

Our workshops are led by Tea Mandala, a Manchester based venture that aims to share and educate people about the healing properties of tea (camellia sinensis) and herbal infusions. They source, create and blend teas and herbs from their own unique recipes inspired by their travels in India, China and around the world, studying the ancient medicine system of Ayurveda, and passion for flavour.

Workshop: One of Two: A Game of Consequences


One of Two: A Game of Consequences
Sunday 27 August, 10am – 5pm
Free, drop in, suitable for all ages

Why not make an addition to our game of consequences, where everyone adds a sentence to a short story even though you cannot see the beginning! We invite visitors to take part in this game creating a collaborative story which will be shared via CFCCA’s social media.

Workshop: Family story-writing workshop with the Short Story Lady


Family story-writing workshop
with the Short Story Lady
Saturday 26 August, 11am – 12pm, or 1 – 2pm
Free, drop in, suitable for all ages

Join us on a free trip through the imagination as local author Carol Ferro, known as the Short Story Lady, guides you through the process of story-writing, using artwork in the gallery for inspiration. Each session will begin with a delightful story read by the Short Story Lady herself, and end with a telling of the stories created during the session.

Workshop: The Art of Story; creative writing workshop


The Art of Story; creative writing workshop
Thursday 31 August, 6 – 8pm
£4 CLICK HERE

As part of Short Story Week we explore the concept of narrative and story within art. Sarah Schofield from Manchester-based short story publisher Comma Press will lead a workshop in creative writing, using the gallery and exhibitions as inspiration. Participants are encouraged to utilise the imagery, themes, colours and techniques on display to create a unique piece of creative writing. No prior writing experience required.

Thursday Late at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
On the last Thursday of the month the gallery stays open until 8pm offering an opportunity to drop in and enjoy an evening in the gallery or participate in a series of unique events exploring different aspects of the exhibitions programme. The event will start with welcoming Chinese Tea tasting experience led by local tea experts Tea Mandala.

Word/Music (Obfuscation By Numbers)


Word/Music (Obfuscation By Numbers): A performance by Kelvin Brown & Semay Wu
Thursday 28 September, 6 – 7.30pm
£4 CLICK HERE

As part of Kelvin Brown’s exhibition in the Studio he will deliver a live performance of one of the sound pieces devised during his residency at K11 Art Village in Wuhan, China. The performance will take a rigidly process based composition and add elements of improvisation, taking in field-recorded, electronically generated and acoustic sounds. He will be accompanied by cello player Semay Wu.

Thursday Late at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
On the last Thursday of the month the gallery stays open until 8pm offering an opportunity to drop in and enjoy an evening in the gallery or participate in a series of unique events exploring different aspects of the exhibitions programme. The event will start with welcoming Chinese Tea tasting experience led by local tea experts Tea Mandala.

Workshop: The Art and Craft of Foley


The Art and Craft of Foley
Saturday 21 October, 2 – 4pm
£4, 16+, booking required

Inspired by Samson Young’s radio drama CFCCA will host an interactive workshop on the art of Foley with a live demonstration and workshop from the University of Salford Music Department and Low Four Studio. Foley is the hidden technique of designing and recording performed sound effects, often in sync to film, TV or radio. Uncover some of the Foley techniques used by Samson Young in his 2017 Manchester International Festival radio series and sound installation. Workshop attendees will also have a go at creating and recording their own Foley sounds.

This workshop explores the science and technology of broadcasting and the transmission of sound in response to Samson Young’s radio series.

 

Tickets booked through Manchester Science Festival.