30 Years of CFCCA

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art celebrates its 30th anniversary 

February-July 2016
Featuring artists Xu Bing, Cao Fei, Lee Mingwei, Tsang Kin-Wah, susan pui san lok, Gordon Cheung, RareKind China and Yu-Chen Wang

In 2016, CFCCA will celebrate its 30 year anniversary in Manchester with a high profile exhibition programme spanning 6 months featuring some of the very best Chinese contemporary artists of today.

The anniversary programme will see CFCCA collaborate with 30 prestigious artists, curators and academics who have each previously contributed to the organisation at various stages of its 30 year history. This ambitious programme launched on 4 February 2016 to coincide with Chinese New Year; Year of the Monkey.

Throughout our history we have sustained a commitment to representing Chinese arts and culture in the UK. Today we are the UK’s leading organisation for the promotion of Chinese contemporary art, producing an internationally renowned artistic programme and developing a reputation as a centre for research.

30 Years of CFCCA | Xu Bing

Book from the Ground

5 February – 28 February, Preview – Thursday 4 February, 7-9pm
Part of the 30 years of CFCCA launch

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In 2003 we invited the internationally acclaimed artist Xu Bing to launch our Thomas Street venue. His exhibition was not only the first in our current building, but his first exhibition in the UK.

Xu Bing - 2006-2014_Book from the Ground_4 - WEB Xu Bing - 2006-2014_Book from the Ground, Xu Bing's studio

30 Years of CFCCA | RareKind China

Gallery 2 : 5 February – 3 April

RareKind Illustration Agency has teamed up with The Temporary to showcase the diverse visual identities of graffiti and street artists from China and the UK, who have been invited to create original work that responds to our 30-year history and the international context of street art.

Graffiti and street art is a global phenomenon still viewed as an underground ‘subculture’. This project goes beyond conventional understandings of graffiti and street art to collaborate with writers, academics, illustrators and graphic designers and will extend beyond the gallery walls into Manchester’s city centre to engage local communities through workshops, public interventions and a tour. This includes collaboration with Outhouse Mcr’s public graffiti spaces in the Northern Quarter from January to March.

To find out more please click here to download the RareKind China map

30 Years of CFCCA | Stanley Chow


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 Takeawaya 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.

My 1st home - Stanley Chow 2016

30 Years of CFCCA | Cao Fei

La Town

4 - 27 March
Preview – Thursday 3 March, 6-8pm - click here to RSVP
Part of 30 years of CFCCA

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Cao Fei is a key figure in Chinese art with whom we first worked in 2013. Cao Fei’s work includes video and digital media that explores the culture and daily life of Chinese citizens born after the Cultural Revolution. Cao has captured the fast transformation of contemporary China spotlighting the mixture of foreign influences from America and Japan, through her projects.

Cao Fei, La Town Airport, 2014, Courtesy of artist and Vitamin Creative Space

30 Years of CFCCA | Tsang Kin-Wah

First Trumpet in the New Millennium

1 - 24 April, Preview – Thursday 7 April, 6-8pm - click here to RSVP
Part of 30 years of CFCCA

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Tsang Kin-Wah held his first solo exhibition in the UK at CFCCA in 2008. He is known for mixing language with floral patterns usually installed as large scale wallpaper prints or immersive projected installations.

30 Years of CFCCA | Gordon Cheung

8 April - 19 June
Part of 30 years of CFCCA

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Gordon Cheung's relationship with CFCCA began in 2004 when he took part in our unique 'Breathe' artist-in-residence programme. In 2008 he returned to Gallery 1 with his solo exhibition Death by a Thousand Cuts.

 Tempering red hearts - Gordon Cheung 2016
hairman Mao goes to Anyuan - Gordon Cheung 2016
Lee Mingwei. Between Going and Staying, 2007 (1)

30 Years of CFCCA | Lee Mingwei

Between Going and Staying

6 - 29 May, Preview – Thursday 5 May, 6-8pm - Click here to RSVP
Part of 30 years of CFCCA

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Between Going and Staying is an arresting installation inspired by Octavio Paz's poem of the same name. Fine black sand falls continuously through a broken light bulb suspended from the ceiling, quietly filling the entire room to a melodic soundtrack played on an Asian cello-like instrument called a MaToChin.

30 Years of CFCCA | susan pui san lok

RoCH Fans & Legends
3 June - 3 July, Preview – Thursday 2 June, 6-8pm
Part of 30 years of CFCCA

Call & Response event - Thursday 16 June, 6.30pm at HOME (click here for tickets)

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susan pui san lok presents a new body of work titled RoCH Faans & Legends, commissioned by QUAD and CFCCA, in partnership with the University of Salford and Animate projects.  The exhibition features single and multichannel moving image works both in the gallery and online.

Susan Pui San Lok, 'Trilogies', 2015, installation view (4)

30 Years of CFCCA | Yu-Chen Wang

24 June - 31 July, Preview – Thursday 23 June, 6-8pm
Part of 30 years of CFCCA

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Live Art Performance
CFCCA, Thursday 23 June 2016, 6-8pm
More information coming soon.

Yu-Chen Wang has been supported by National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan and Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government.