Gallery 1: Yin-Ju Chen

Extrastellar Evaluations II

21 October 2016 – 15 January 2017
Preview - Thursday 20 October, 6-8pm

Gallery 1

CFCCA invites Taiwanese artist Chen Yin-ju to exhibit Extrastellar Evaluations II, an exploration of cosmic events and human behaviour through the processes of mythology, scientific research and artistic response. This exhibition is part of an ambitious co-commission between CFCCA and Liverpool Biennial to mark Manchester’s position as European City of Science this year.

Gallery 2: Kirsty Harris

How I Learned to Stop Worrying (1945-2016)

21 October 2016 - 22 January 2017
Preview - Thursday 20 October 2016, 6-8pm

Gallery 2

This exhibition by Yorkshire born artist Kirsty Harris explores the notion of nuclear explosions as cultural, historical and aesthetic objects.




Kirsty Harris: How I Learned To Stop Worrying (1945-2016)

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

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.

AER Residency: Chloe Ting

Art for the Environment International Artist Residency Programme

21 November - 4 December 2016
Open Studio: Wednesday 30 November 2016, 6-8pm

Residency Space

The Art for the Environment International Artist Residency Programme (AER) provides University of the Arts London (UAL) graduates with the opportunity to apply for a residency at a number of internationally renowned host institutions, to explore concerns that define the 21st century such as biodiversity, environmental sustainability, social economy, and human rights.

In November, CFCCA will be host to UAL student, Chloe Ting, who will use the residency time to imagine and create work that explores these global issues from a Chinese context.

AER was launched in 2015 by Professor Lucy Orta, UAL Chair of Art and the Environment. Through research, studio practice, critiques and mentoring, the AER programme is designed to envision a world of tomorrow.




Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) is leading the UK in exploring Chinese contemporary culture through a diverse range of art and artists. Centrally located in Manchester’s creative Northern Quarter, our gallery is open six days a week and free to enter.

We have a proud 30-year history of UK ‘first’ solo exhibitions, featuring exceptional emerging artists that go on to achieve international acclaim. We work with a wide array of partners to provide audiences with a lively and innovative programme of exhibitions, residencies, engagement projects, festivals and events.  As the only non-profit organisation in Europe to specialise in Chinese contemporary art and visual culture we are uniquely placed to explore the trans-cultural debates that will shape our future.

The centre includes two gallery spaces, shop and Jasmine Suite, where we hold our talks and events, as well as external events.

Find out more about our History.

Opening hours:
Tuesday - Sunday 
10 - 5pm

Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays

Kirsty Harris: How I Learned To Stop Worrying (1945-2016)

A Window On… China, Art and the Environment

Wednesday 30 November 6-8pm | £3 CLICK HERE TO BOOK

CFCCA presents A Window On... a series of talks that will provide an insight into contemporary Chinese culture and visual art. The programme will be informed by Manchester's status as European City of Science 2016 and will explore the boundaries between art and science. The talks will be followed by Chinese tea tasting provided by our partners Proper Tea.

A Window On… China, Art and the Environment
Speaker: Chris Wainwright

This talk will explore the relationship between art, sustainability and the environment. Chris Wainwright is a Trustee of the project Cape Farewell, committed to the notion that artists can engage the public with issues of climate change through creative insight and vision. Using work in Beijing and the international festival ArtCOP21 as examples, Chris will discuss the power of the cultural voice in addressing climate change.
Formerly hosted by David Buckland.

Talk: 6-7pm
Tea tasting: 7-8pm

*Price includes entry to the UAL artist in residence open studio event that evening.

Mandarin Corner

Every first Saturday of the month, 1.30 - 3.30pm 

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.

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: