Chris Paul Daniels : A Tiger’s Skin

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

Every first Saturday of the month


The next Mandarin Corner will take place on Sunday 15th March 

It will return to the first Saturday of the month from 4th April onward. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
1.30 - 3.30pm - hosted by Joy Wang

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: 

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Sun Xun: Stately Shadows

18th December - 22nd March

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


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

Li Binyuan

9 April– 31 May 2015

Preview launch 9 April–  6pm-8pm

Li Binyuan is a young artist living, working and disturbing Beijing's everyday life with impromptu artistic interventions. He is challenging political and social restrictions, using his body as the medium of this sensuous production. Following his experimental paradigms of behavior art CFCCA will attempt to re-create a model of Social Behaviours, inviting our audience to actively participate to an interactive exploratory engagement with his artworks. Social Behaviours will be celebrating his performances exhibiting some of the video recordings that comprise part of his practice.

CFCCA will be exhibiting a range of his works including:
Exercises #47 Minutes, 2.45m Long jump exercises, One minute sculptures, Deathless Love, Resonate, Signal and Link.

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Li Binyuan - 习作#47分钟 Exercise#47mins, 行动记录 单频录像, Action and video,47′17″, 2014 Li Binyuan - 习作#47分钟 Exercise#47mins, 行动记录 单频录像, Action and video,47′17″, 2014

Clemens Wilhelm

9 April– 7 June 2015

Preview launch 9 April–  6pm-8pm

In Clemens Wilhelm's video “SIMULACRA” one observes seemingly absurd moments of Chinese tourists posing in a world which seems to have shrunk.

“SIMULACRA” was shot in the “Window of the World” Entertainment Park in Shenzhen (China) which presents 140 copies of the world's most famous tourist attractions.  A tour through the park simulates a journey around the world: the Gizeh Pyramids, Stonehenge, the Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, the Taj Mahal, etc. Each model's size appears to relate to its touristic importance. European and American sights dominate the Asian, African, and Oceanian ones. What do these iconic sites mean when they are taken out of their original contexts?

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World Factory – a café conversation

Wednesday 25 February 2015 , 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Jasmine Suite, CFCCA

Admission is free but places are limited - Click here to reserve your place

This free event offers a stimulating introduction to the World Factory project - an investigation of global consumer capitalism through the lens of the textile industry, from the heart of nineteenth-century Manchester to the world behind the ‘Made-in-China’ labels on our clothes today.

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METIS presents World Factory - A Cafe Conversation

Chinese New Year 2015

Public Screening in St. Ann's Square

Illuminos screening of Sun Xun's films onto St. Ann’s Church: 19, 20 and 21 February 2015, 6-10pm

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) presents the UK premiere of Sun Xun’s ‘What happened in the year of the dragon’. Three of Sun Xun’s films will be projected onto the side of St. Ann’s Church in Manchester City Centre as part of the city’s Chinese New Year celebrations with Heart of Manchester BID and CityCo. The films will be projected as part of a public art screening with digital public artists Illuminos.

The selection of films being projected onto St. Anne's Square includes:

- Coal Spell (2008)
Chinese Words (2005)
- What happened in the year of the dragon (2014) (trailer)

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Harmonious Society at CFCCA

Artists: Liu Xiadong and Pak Sheung

The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art has a 28-year history of showcasing Chinese artists from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the diaspora. It is now working nationally to extend knowledge about Chinese contemporary art within the context of the ‘Chinese Century’ and the global shift east.

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
Market Building
Thomas Street
M4 1EU

 Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00 (Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays)

Main telephone: 0161 832 7271

 Twitter: @CFCCA_UK
Facebook: Centre-for-Chinese-Contemporary-Art
Instagram: cfcca_uk

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Liu Xiaodong - In Between Israel & Palestine (2013) - image courtesy of the artist Pak Sheung - Hong Kong History Series- image courtesy of the artist

Harmonious Society at Manchester Cathedral

Artists: Zheng Guogu (Yangjiang), Li Wei (Beijing)

Manchester Cathedral is a Grade 1 listed masterpiece awarded a charter by Henry V in 1421. The Cathedral is a historic institution, a place of worship and a medieval tourist attraction. All welcome.

Manchester Cathedral
Victoria Street
M3 1SX

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 6.00pm, Sunday 10am – 6.30pm
(These times may vary during special events.)

Main telephone:  +44(0)161 833 2220

Twitter: @ManCathedral
Facebook: ManchesterCathedral

Click here to download the Harmonious Society Brochure

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Li Wei A Decorative Thing, 2014 photo Tristan Poyser Li Wei - untitled (2014) - image courtesy of the artist