Chris Paul Daniels : A Tiger’s Skin

Preview: Wednesday 17 December 2014

Exhibition 18 December 2014 - 22 March 2015

‘You can depict a tiger’s skin but not his bones’ is one of the last lines in ‘Chung Kuo, Cina’ the 1972 documentary by Michelangelo Antonioni, both commissioned and banned by Chairman Mao.

By reframing the ideas contained in Antonioni’s film with contemporary images, Chris Paul Daniels has created a work that examines the rapidly changing way China is viewed through western eyes, and in doing so, questions assumed notions of ‘truth’ and ‘understanding’ within documentary film-making.

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Chris Paul Daniels - A Tiger's SKin (2014) - image courtesy of the artist

Mandarin Corner

Next Mandarin Corner: Saturday 6th December


1.30 - 3.30pm - hosted by Serein Liu

Mandarin Corner is an informal monthly workshop, held at CFCCA, for those with an interest in learning more about Mandarin language and broader Chinese culture. The sessions are hosted by CFCCA volunteers and cover spoken and written Mandarin, across a wide variety of topics - often themed to CFCCA's current exhibition or other current affairs.

Sessions are free, informal and open to all, from complete beginners and upwards! It's a great way to test and develop your spoken and written Mandarin as well as gain a greater understanding of traditional and contemporary Chinese Culture.

This month the focus will be on the different geographical regions of China and the difference in cultures.

Booking is not currently required however please do ensure that you arrive on time for the start of sessions.

For more information and enquiries please email: 

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Sun Xun: Stately Shadows

18th December - 22nd March

UK premiere of "What happened in the year of the dragon" 

Exhibition preview: Wednesday 17 December 2014. 6-8.30pm

Free entry but limited capacity - click here to book your ticket.

CFCCA is extremely excited to be presenting a major solo exhibition of Sun Xun following the recent Asia Triennial Manchester 2014 in Gallery 1. In the gallery Sun Xun will be screening the UK premiere of his animation "What happened in the year of the dragon" along with some of previous animation and video works.
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Coal Spell (2008), Sun Xun - image courtesy of the artist

Mathew Tom – Artist in Residence

Whisper Residency 4th November - 7th December

Open Studio,Wednesday 3rd December - 6-8pm

Open Studio is free but limited capacity
click this link to book your place

Mathew Tom is an artist born of a mixed racial background, he has always been interested in this idea of cultural melding leading to identity confusion.

Since 2011, he has been describing in the form of videos, photographs and drawings a fictional spiritual community called Society of Friends. It is a reflection of his ideas of utopian society turned dystopian through boredom, vanity and a desire to believe. On the outset, a perfect place where beauty and belief reign, but the onset of boredom, lack of structure and narcissism lead to dissatisfaction.

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Mathew Tom, Society of Friends - image courtesy of the artist Methew Tom, 'Society of Friends' 2014 - image courtesy of the artist

Chinese New Year 2015

Public Screening of Sun Xun's films on St. Ann’s Church: 19, 20 and 21 February 2015

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) presents the UK premiere of Sun Xun’s ‘What happened in the year of the dragon’. On the 19th, 20th and 21st of February three of Sun Xun’s films will be projected onto the side of St. Ann’s Church in Manchester City Centre in celebration of Chinese New Year.

CFCCA is extremely excited to be presenting “Stately Shadows” - a major solo exhibition of Sun Xun following the recent Asia Triennial Manchester 2014 in Gallery 1. Sun Xun, tipped as one of the rising stars in contemporary animation, will be screening the UK premiere of his animation "What happened in the year of the dragon" along with a selection of the artist’s earlier animation and video works.

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LuxuryLogico at MOSI

LuxuryLogico’s stunning large-scale light work Solar, Manchester, 2014 日光域曼徹斯特commissioned by Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art combines computer technology and recycled Manchester lamps to create a mesmerising artificial sun that has been fascinating and delighting visitors to the museum over the last few months.

Solar, Manchester, 2014 was specially constructed for the Harmonious Society exhibition and premiered in Europe at MOSI, a historical site showcasing the industrial heritage of the city. Its extended presentation in the museum’s  upper yard means that it will add to those festive lights already illuminating the city centre this Christmas season and act as a fitting addition to MOSI’s winter programme exploring the theme and science of light from 20 December.

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Chinese New Year 2015

19 February 2015

This new year CFCCA are working closely with CityCo to showcase Manchester’s cultural investment in Chinese culture and business. Throughout the lead up to Chinese New Year, CFCCA will be offering a selection of workshops to engage families and children in traditional and contemporary Chinese Arts.
In conjunction with CFCCA’s winter exhibition Stately Shadows featuring the works of Sun Xun, a selection of the animator’s video works will be projected onto the side of St Anne's church in St. Anne’s Square in the heart of the city centre.

Sun Xun - what happened in the year of the dragon (2014) - Image courtesy of the artist

World Factory: Cafe Conversations

25 February 2015, 6-8pm

METIS’ performance project World Factory investigates global consumer capitalism through the lens of the textile industry, from the heart of the industrial revolution in nineteenth-century Manchester to the world behind the ‘Made-in-China’ labels on our clothes today.

Café Conversations invite speakers with different perspectives to kickstart discussions surrounding questions of how we live now through a global perspective.