Elected Home Educated Students Workshops

Free Introductory Workshop for Elected Home Educated Students

Session 1: Monday 20 August, 11am – 12.30pm

Session 2: Monday 20 August, 1pm – 2.30pm

We are offering the chance for elected home educated students to take part in a FREE workshop experimenting with green screen technology. This is the same technology used in films to place actors in fantastical landscapes or even transform actors into mythical creatures.

To book onto this workshop we’re asking that you complete a questionnaire which will help us to plan future bespoke workshops for elected home educated students, as we feel we’re in a great position to offer this service if it is of interest.

Please download and complete the form below and return by email to abigail@cfcca.org.uk or by post to Abi Mitchell, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Market Buildings, Thomas Street, Manchester, M1 4EU.

Download Questionnaire and Registration Form

If you have any questions about this please contact us on 0161 832 7271

Thursday Late: Film Screening

Thursday Late: Film Screening

Beauty Under Fire: The Xiuguluan River (2010, CHEN Ching-Chong)

Thursday 30 August, 6pm - 7.30pm

60 minutes screening, followed by discussion

The Xiuguluan River is one of four major rivers in Taiwan. It begins in the Central Mountain ranges and flows in to the Pacific Ocean through a network of mountains, plains, wetlands and river deltas. Generations of human settlement have relied on it, but ultimately through modernisation and industrialisation, humans have stained and endangered the river. By showing this startling spectacle the documentary calls for us to care more for our rivers.

Tickets are £4 and include wine or tea on arrival.

Book your seat on eventbrite here.


Film Screening at CFCCA, by Joe Smith Photography

FREE Family Friendly Tour of Aquatopia

Discover our latest exhibition 'Aquatopia' - a group show that looks at water and water scarcity. It is part of CFCCA's season - 'A Season for Change' - a six month programme of exhibitions and events designed to raise awareness of pressing environmental issues through contemporary art.

Join one of our curatorial team to take a tour of the exhibition, there will also be an activity trail suitable for all ages.

This is an ideal opportunity for anyone who would like to learn more about CFCCA's exhibitions programme whether this is your first visit to the gallery or one of many. No previous knowledge is required.

This event is FREE, booking is advisable as spaces are limited. You can book via eventbrite here

Kingsley Ng, Horizon at AQUATOPIA photo by Michael Pollard

Manchester Pride: Film Screening

Manchester Pride: Film Screening of Queer China, Comrade China (2008, Ciu Zi'en)

Tickets £4 include a glass of wine or tea on arrival.

Queer China, 'Comrade China' (2008) is a documentary by Cui Zi'en. It traces the changes and developments in LGBT culture that took place in China over the previous 80 years.

Unlike any before this ground-breaking film explores the historical milestones and ongoing advocacy efforts of the Chinese LGBT community. The film culminates with the submission of Dr. Li Yinhe's Same-sex Marriage Bill to the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People's Congress in 2003. A major landmark in the ongoing struggle for acceptance of queer identity in China.

This film screening is run in association with Manchester Pride.

Book your place on eventbrite here.

Artist in Residence – Zilang Wang

Ziling Wang

Residency Dates: 12 August – 2 September

Open Studio: Thursday 30 August, 5.30pm – 8pm, Friday 31 August 10am - 5pm and Saturday 1 September 10am to 5pm

Ziling Wang is a Chinese born-London based artist, who gained an MA in Fine Art from Central St Martins. In her practice Zilang plays with perceptions, creating unique visual experiences through 3D acrylic paintings that spill out of the frame.

During her three week residency at CFCCA she will be drawing on the parallels between Manchester’s industrial past and her upbringing in heavily industrialised China. She’ll be expanding her practice by using industrial materials such as pipes to form the framework for her painting.

An installation of this work created in our purpose-built on site studio will be presented in an open studio on Thursday 30 August from 5.30pm to 8pm. Zilang will give a brief talk and audience Q & A at 7.30pm.

Peak, off the peak side, Zilang Wang image courtesy of the artist

He Yida Artist In Residence

CFCCA’s current artist in residence is He Yida, who joins us from Shanghai as part of the Liverpool Biennial residency programme and Liverpool 2018’s China Dream season. The residency is realised in collaboration with the Shanghai Biennale.

Yida will be staying on-site in our residency studio space from 21 July to 11 August 2018, where she will be exploring and researching for new sculptural works.

Her work brings the temporal and chaotic into the gallery space. Inspired by materials left on the street - such as unwanted furniture and old construction materials - her exquisitely crafted sculptures bring new meaning to found and recognised objects and materials. The work is neither about the monumental nor about the banality of the common place, but rather dissolves barriers between the two and creates a new space brimming with chance and possibilities.

He Yida was born in 1980 in Shanghai, China. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2007 from Chelsea College of Art and Design in London and currently lives and works in Shanghai.

To discover more about He Yida and her practice CFCCA will host an artist talk on Thursday 9 August, 6pm to 7pm. This event is free but booking is recommended. Book your place via Eventbrite here.

He Yida, Untitled Glass 2018

YouthLab Summer School

Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August

Open to anyone aged 14-19 years interested in the arts or working in the arts, no previous experience required.

This free Summer School will focus on learning and developing creative digital skills, such as video-editing and animation as well as learning more about contemporary art practice. The aim is to learn new creative digital skills and discover more about working in the arts. At the end of the programme you will be awarded a Bronze Art Award - a national qualification ideal for use in university and college applications, as well as great for your CV.

A travel bursary of up to £5 per day is also available.

To find out more and to register visit the link here: www.cfcca.org.uk/youthlab

Or you can email us on hello@cfcca.org.uk

YouthLab is supported by Awards for All by the National Lottery Fund.




6 July - 7 October 2018

An exhibition about water and water scarcity

Featuring the work of six artists from China, Hong Kong and the UK, including: Kingsley Ng; Lucy+Jorge Orta; Joao Vasco Paiva; Chen Qiulin; Liu Shiyuan and Liu Yujia.

Preview: Thursday 5 July, 6pm - 8pm

Water is a natural element, an inorganic compound essential to life, a universal symbol of purity. It unceasingly changes shapes and transforms itself while it constitutes the major component of every living organism and eco-system. Through a mixture of participatory art works and new media works 'Aquatopia' creates a place for engaging and reflecting on water - what it means to our communities and our environments, and the impact of water scarcity and water pollution from different global perspectives.

Through present urgencies and future imaginaries six artists from China, Hong Kong and the UK explore ways contemporary art can provide an alternative platform for addressing pressing realities and imminent disasters. At the intersection between fantasy and critical observation, different artistic positions examine matters of scarcity, pollution, uncontrolled development and effects of climate change; ultimately imagination and reality are tightly intertwined with each other.

Horizon is a playful installation by artist Kingsley Ng, which invites visitors to share water and collectively create a symbolic horizon on a set of communicating bottles. Water Fountain by Lucy+Jorge Orta is a sculptural installation that evokes the cylce of gathering, purifying and distributing water, a visualisation of a low-cost solution to problems arising from water pollution. Elsewhere in Green Island, bags and water containers cast in cement lie amid a swathe of sand; in this installation Joao VAsco Paiva focuses on the impact that urban development has had on the natural environment and resources.

One of the leading figures in China's younger generation of artists Chen Qiulin exhibits Empty City, exploring the social impact of China's rapid urbanisation; in a series of photographs she documents the return to her home town Wanzhau, on the Yangtze River. The entire population of the town was relocated following the Three Gorges Damn Project, the resulting images are both personal and socially relevant.

Other new media works come from artists Liu Shiyuan and Liu Jujia. The Edge of Vision, or the Edge of the Earth bu Liu Shiyuan is a film of synthetic futuristic representations depicting a watery earth and an uncanny procession of people mourning for humanity's uncertain future. Liu Yujia's Wave poetically depicts the ebb and flow of tides, triggering a contemplative oceanic feeling but also warning for climate change oceanic anomolies, as it lets the sublime power of the water speak for itself.

The exhibition is curated by Marianna Tsionski (Research Curator, CFCCA & Universtiy of Salford). It is part of CFCCA's  'A Season for Change'.

A preview event is taking place on Thursday 5 July from 6pm to 8pm, this is the opportunity to meet with artists and curators and be among the first to see the exhibition before it opens to the wider public.

The exhibition will be made accessible to younger audiences of all ages with an activity trail available from reception. There will also be two family friendly tours taking place on Saturday 28 July and Saturday 25 August at 11.30am to 12.30pm, both tours are free but booking is advisable on our eventbrite page.

Aquatopia is sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office, with additional support from HKBU Visual Art Academy and Edouard Malingue Gallery.

陈秋林 Chen Qiulin, 空的城 The Empty City No.1, 数码艺术微喷印刷 Photograph 2012

Jeffrey Cheung Project

The Jeffrey Cheung Project

Jeffrey Cheung is an American based artist, illustrator and LGBT+ activist who set up Unity – an umbrella term for a multi-disciplinary collective involving skateboarding, publishing and workshops.

In the run up to Manchester Pride in August CFCCA with the Proud Trust are hosting a series of 3 free workshops inspired by his work. These workshops are aimed at 16 - 25 year olds, and will be run on a drop in basis.

The three workshops are:

Sunday 20 May, 1-3pm - Zine Making at the Proud Trust, Sidney Street ***THIS EVENT IS NOW PAST***

Sunday 15 July, 1-3pm - Skateboard Design at the Proud Trust, Sidney Street, followed by a skateboarding session* (*weather permitting!)

Wednesday 15 August, 2 -4pm - Creative Writing Session with Young Identity at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

To find out more about Jeffrey Cheung and his work please see his website: https://www.jeffreycheung.com/

A selection of the work created in these workshops will be exhibited alongside documents and prints from Jeffrey Cheung at CFCCA to coincide with Manchester Pride in August. More details to follow!

This project is supported by a grant from Superbia. Superbia Grants provide financial support for LGBT+ events as part of Manchester Pride’s commitment to the quality and diversity of cultural events taking place throughout the year in Greater Manchester. www.superbia.org.uk

Jeffrey Cheung Project