1. Rehearsing the Museum: Screening and Artist in Conversation

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    CFCCA and University of Salford Art Collection are pleased to present the UK premiere of a new film by Marysia Lewandowska. Rehearsing the Museum (2018), commissioned by Entrée gallery in Bergen, Norway, follows a two-year research project at the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong.

    Filmed at KODE Museum in Bergen, Shanghai and Beijing and scripted collaboratively with Taiwanese Beijing based writer Zian Chen, the film is structured as a cabinet of curiosities using archival footage and a narrative that unfolds through a dialogue between two women. The dialogue exposes the diverse backgrounds and aspirations of the women, revealing sensitivities around property development and the contested ownership of museum artifacts.

    Rehearsing the Museum reflects on the origins of the market for contemporary Chinese art, the museum boom and the increasing pressure western museums are experiencing from strong economies such as China to face post-colonial consequences.  It can be seen as a sequel to the earlier work, Museum Futures. Distributed (2008) made in collaboration with Neil Cummings. Both films will be screened during the evening and followed by an in-conversation between the artist and curator Helen Kaplinsky.

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  2. CFCCA Host: Neither Here Nor There by Jo Fong & Sonia Hughes

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    This January we’re delighted to host new work by Jo Fong and Sonia Hughes.

    Jo Fong was last in Manchester in October 2018 as part of Quarantine’s Wallflower performances. Sonia Hughes wrote the award-winning opening event for Manchester International Festival 2017 – ‘What is the city, but the people?’

    Jo and Sonia – who describe themselves as ‘two middle-aged international provincial artists’ – will host a series of 6 minute conversations. They have questions about how it’s all going, the big unfathomable questions about the world and the small questions about the state of your garden. Complexity takes time, it requires multiple voices, many levels of expertise.

    Join the conversation.

    “A leap of faith” Culture Colony Magazine

    “A rare experience” Arts Scene Wales

    This project has been inspired by research undertaken by Frank Bock and Katye Coe. Commissioned by Peilot, Chapter’s associate artist programme and LAUK Diverse Actions.

    Tickets are £10 or £8 for concessions. There will be four performances, please use the links below to book the date and times you require.

    Saturday 26 January, 1pm – 2.30pm

    Saturday 26 January, 3.30pm – 5.30pm

    Sunday 27 January 1pm – 2.30pm

    Sunday 27 January 3.30pm – 5.30pm

     

  3. Qiaoer Jin: Open Studio

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    As part of The Art for Environment Residency programme, we host an Open Studio of work by UAL MA student Qiaoer Jin, our Artist in Residence for December.  The Art for the Environment Residency programme was launched in 2015 by the University of Arts (UAL) led by Environmental Professor and internationally renowned artist Lucy Orta.

    Jin primarily works with time-based media such as sound and video. Her practice draws attention to the relationship held between human beings and the natural environment. Recently she has been exploring fictional story telling regarding the topic of post-humanism. For this exhibition, Jin will exhibit three video works. Ouroboros’ Death is a single channel video composed of video clips, found footage and composite still frames. It tells the story of a fictional city in which severe environmental pollution and dwindling natural resources result in human corpses becoming one of the city’s dominant energy resources. The dead bodies are buried in the central urban park, the city’s only green space, the corpses will then decompose becoming fertiliser for the plants. The energy that this process produces supports the park’s facilities and city life.

    Harbour City is a 2-channel video installation which explores the effect sound and light pollution have on the natural world. The work presents a fictional city in which street lamps and air defence alarms are relocated from the city to the beach in response to the negative impact of light pollution and sound pollution on marine animals. The residents of the harbour city experience disturbances to their everyday life, mirroring the disturbances sound and light pollution have on the natural world.

    The exhibition will also feature, Waterfall, produced During Jin’s residency at CFCCA. Waterfall invites us to question what should be characterised as nature by exploring how tourism shapes natural landscapes. While visiting Niagara Falls with her mother, Jin’s perception of the compositional qualities that amount to a ‘natural attraction’ altered. Jin noticed that the physical manifestation of tourism resembled the repeated patterns of the natural world. Waterfall examines our distinctions between a natural landscape and a landscape produced by humans.

    Qiaoer Jin has recently graduated from the University of Toronto’s Visual Studies and Architectural Design programme and is currently pursuing a Master Degree in Fine Arts at the University of Arts (UAL).

    Entry to this open studio is free. You will have the chance to view this on Thursday 20 December and Friday 21 December during our normal opening hours of 10am to 5pm.

  4. Free Guided Tour

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    Join us at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) for our monthly free and informal tour of our building and current exhibitions. For this tour, it will be the last chance to find out more about our two exhibitions by award-winning photographer Mandy Barker and Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai before it closes on Sunday 20 January.

    Discover more about the artists we work with, our history and our programme as well as have the chance to get up close and personal to the art work. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about CFCCA and discover new artists. This event is free, but booking is advisable via eventbrite.

  5. Festive Weekend: Free Origami Decoration Workshops

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    Hand-craft your own paper decorations using the traditional artistic technique of origami paper folding.

    Using a range of papers create unique and authentic decorations for your home

    Suitable for all ages this is a great activity to do with friends and family. No booking required.

    This will be available as a drop in activity throughout our Festive Weekend (24th and 25th November) from 10.30am – 5pm

  6. Festive Weekend: Free Guided Tour

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    Join us at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) for our monthly free and informal tour of our building and current exhibitions. Discover more about the artists we work with, our history and our programme as well as have the chance to get up close and personal to the art work.

    This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about CFCCA and discover new artists. This is part of our festive weekend so there will also be the opportunity to enjoy mulled wine and carols by the Halle Ancoats Community Choir.

    This event is free, but booking is advisable via eventbrite.

  7. Festive Weekend: Marbling workshops with Sally Gilford

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     Master an ancient printmaking technique and create your own unique wrapping paper and gift tags for your presents this year.

    Suitable for all ages and abilities, you’ll be working on your designs with renowned artist and specialist print-maker Sally Gilford using the ancient art of marbling with ink and water, first used in Japan in the 12th century.

    This event is part of our festive weekend, and we’ll also be making origami paper decorations and enjoying some mulled wine in our shop and gallery 2, so join us to make the most of your Christmas shopping experience.

    Recommended for children aged 5 years and upwards. Anyone under 16 is to be accompanied by an adult.

    There are two workshops to choose from on Sunday 25th November:

    Workshop 1: 1pm – 2.15pm

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    Workshop 2: 2.45pm – 4pm

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  8. Ya-chu Kang: Open Studio

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    Cotton Research Chapter II (Manchester)

    Marking the end of Ya-chu Kang’s three month residency here at CFCCA, she hosts an open studio to show what she has been working on during her time in Manchester. Kang, joins us from Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan. Her work explores issues of identity and the relationships that humans have with natural and social environments. Her research inspires a prolific and beautiful responses in the form of site-specific installation, mix-media sculpture, land art, photography and more.

    The concept for the Cotton Research Project is not just about the material cotton, it is about the links between: The past and the present, agriculture and industry, life, death, trade and migration.
    Textiles here are presented as a world language. They evoke questions deep-seated questions about our economic systems and our relationship with our natural environment. This project relates to the development of the global textile industry and how modern consumer culture today is affecting traditional culture.

    This studio exhibition shows Chapter II of Kang’s research in Cotton in Manchester. The first Chapter was researched in Taipei and exhibited as part of Manchester Science Festival.

    The open studio is indicative of Kang’s working process. During her three-month residency she has been compulsively collecting every day materials and realizing them into drawing, sculpture and installation work.

    Her work is moving with the times and referencing the city’s transition from an industrial past to a post-industrial future. Textiles and threads here are not stitched to create the borders; they are woven to eliminate boundaries, to create connection and encourage dialogue.

    Key words: cotton, spinning, border, system, migration, trade, lost, sustainability, modernization

    Artist Statement:

    “The humid weather in Manchester was a predominant factor in the cities past transformation from a normal English town to an industrial powerhouse and initiated the industrial revolution. Rain is an iconic part of Mancunian life and although it could be seen as melancholic it has allowed for the effective spinning of cotton.

    In this work spinning is not just a technical action. It is a metaphor for turning around and around. How could we keep the balance without creating too much tension?

    I’m not only interested in the process and history of cotton mills per se, I see this project as a vehicle for ‘spinning the yarn’ to extend the imagination and awareness about the life we are living in.”

    Ya-chu Kang has exhibited internationally since 2006, in Japan, Europe, North America and South Asia, and has researched textile culture in Japan, Peru, Thailand, and India. Her publications include Textile Map, Volumes 1 and 2. She also engages in fabric art education. Before commencing her residency here at CFCCA, she took part in a residency project in Guimaraes that is part of the Contextile 2018- Textile of Contemporary Art Biennial in Portugal.

    Her work was exhibited as part of Manchester Science Festival and she gave live performances as part of this at Museum of Science and Industry and also Southbank Centre’s Changing China Festival both in October 2018

  9. Free Guided Tour

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    Join us at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) for our monthly free and informal tour of our building and current exhibitions. Discover more about the artists we work with, our history and our programme as well as have the chance to get up close and personal to the art work.

    This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about CFCCA and discover new artists.

    This event is free, but booking is advisable via eventbrite.

  10. Charwei Tsai: In Conversation

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    To mark her first solo UK exhibition and the debut of her new film – Bulaubulau – Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai will be here at CFCCA to discuss her work and practice in more detail. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about contemporary art practice in Taiwan, as well as the culture and issues affecting indigenous communities in Taiwan through Tsai’s artistic research and practice.

    This event is free, although booking is advised. The informal talk will be led by curator Tiffany Leung.

     

  11. Preview: Mandy Barker & Charwei Tsai

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    Continuing ‘A Season for Change’, we present two solo exhibitions that explore climate change and social responsibility.

    In her first UK solo exhibition – ‘Bulaubulau’ – Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai shows a series of works exploring the relationship between humans and nature, drawing on the sustainable and traditional practices of indigenous communities in Taiwan. The exhibition includes installation, film, photography, ink drawings and a new video commission documenting eco-living in three indigenous communities in Taiwan.

    Hong Kong Soup is an award winning photographic project from UK artist Mandy Barker which demonstrates, with ironic beauty, the extent of plastic in our oceans.

    Join us from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday 11 October for the chance to preview these two unique solo exhibitions and meet the artists behind them. To RSVP email emma.b@cfcca.org.uk

    Both exhibitions run from 12 October 2018 – 20 January 2019, 10am to 5pm (closed Mondays)

  12. YouthLab: December Social

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    YouthLab returns with a monthly social session for young people 14-19 years at CFCCA in the Northern Quarter. Come along, meet new people, explore our exhibitions and take part in hands-on creative workshops. Learn about international artists and contemporary art and develop art making and digital skills. No experience necessary, FREE to attend, travel expenses reimbursed up to £5.

    In the December Youthlab session we will be looking at Mandy Barker’s exhibition, Hong Kong Soup. The exhibition explores the issue of plastic in our oceans and how we can raise awareness of issues through art. This session will explore how to have a sustainable art practice by using found materials and digital making techniques. You will learn 3D collage, collaborative making, sculpture and digital drawing in this workshop.

    To find out more about YouthLab visit our opportunties pages: www.cfcca.org.uk/opportunties

    Take a look at our previous work at: https://www.instagram.com/cfcca_youthlab/

  13. YouthLab: November Social

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    YouthLab returns with a monthly social session for young people 14-19 years at CFCCA in the Northern Quarter. Come along, meet new people, explore our exhibitions and take part in hands-on creative workshops. Learn about international artists and contemporary art and develop art making and digital skills. No experience necessary, FREE to attend, travel expenses reimbursed.

    Each session will run 5-7pm on the following dates:
    Thursday 4th October
    Thursday 1st November
    Thursday 6th December

    To find out more about YouthLab visit our opportunties pages: www.cfcca.org.uk/opportunties

    Take a look at our previous work at: https://www.instagram.com/cfcca_youthlab/

  14. YouthLab: October Social

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    YouthLab returns with a monthly social session for young people 14-19 years at CFCCA in the Northern Quarter. Come along, meet new people, explore our exhibitions and take part in hands-on creative workshops. Learn about international artists and contemporary art and develop art making and digital skills. No experience necessary, FREE to attend, travel expenses reimbursed.

    Each session will run 5-7pm on the following dates:
    Thursday 4th October
    Thursday 1st November
    Thursday 6th December

    To find out more about YouthLab visit our opportunties pages: www.cfcca.org.uk/opportunties

    Take a look at our previous work at: https://www.instagram.com/cfcca_youthlab/

  15. Golden Week with Harvey Nichols: Live Portraits with Joey Yu

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    From Saturday 29 September to Monday 8 October, we’ll be celebrating Golden Week with Harvey Nichols, Manchester. Presenting work and a day of live portraits with London-based artist and illustrator Joey Yu.

    Having exhibited in London at the ICA and Tate Modern, as well as internationally, Yu and her work have received worldwide acclaim featuring in Vogue, The New York Times and The Guardian. Using CFCCA’s unique position as an international platform for emerging talent, this exciting Golden Week partnership offers Harvey Nichols customers the exclusive opportunity to explore Yu’s colourful and observational illustrations through a special pop-up installation instore for a limited time.

    Saturday 29 September – Monday 8 October 2018

    Ground Floor, Harvey Nichols Manchester

    Uncover the portraits and installations of artist Joey Yu with CFCCA.

    Live Portraits with Joey Yu

    Saturday 6 October 2018

    12 midday – 7pm

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    Receive a complimentary live portrait by Joey Yu when you spend £100 in-store

    *Terms and conditions apply. Offer available with purchases of £100 or more on fashion, accessories and beauty on Saturday 6 October 12 midday – 7pm only. Subject to availability.

  16. Aquaponics: Grow Your Own Greens

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    In partnership with Manchester Science Festival

    If you haven’t heard of aquaponics yet, you soon will. Farm Urban’s team of bio-scientists and engineers are here to help you build your own symbiotic aquaponic system, where plants and fish live and thrive together. The fish waste provides organic food for the growing plants and the plants naturally filter the water in which the fish live. You can use this as a basis for growing a range of leafy green veg and herbs at home, creating your very own self-sustaining ecosystem.

    Tickets are £5 and can be purchased via the Manchester Science Festival’s online booking system.

     

  17. Manchester Science Festival: Live and Let Dye SOLD OUT

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    In partnership with Manchester Science Festival we’re running several events that celebrate science in new and creative ways. Tickets for these events are booked via Manchester Science Festival’s Website.

    Grab a fistful of your favourite flowers or leaves and come away with a lot more than green fingers. Colour, hue, iridescence and pigmentation are all on show. Discover how to experiment with natural colours, create patterns and transform fabric swatches as personal as your own memories with local artist Talie Linseed, who’ll be showing you how to dye like a pro. Meet us beforehand at the earlier time of 1.30pm, at St John’s Gardens if you would like to collect your own natural materials, such as freshly fallen petals and twigs.

    Suitable for adults and families 8 +

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  18. Changing Textiles: A Closer Look

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    In partnership with Manchester Science Festival.

    Join CFCCA Artist in Residence Ya-chu Kang at the Science & Industry Museum to find out more about her fascination with the city’s textile heritage and hear how she weaves science and technology into her work.

    Witness Ya-Chu Kang create a large scale ‘dust carpet.’ Using dust sourced from typical industrial materials such as bricks and plaster powder, this work will re-create patterns and motifs drawn from her experience of the UK so far. Currently Artist in Residence at CFCCA, this is Ya-chu Kang’s first time in the UK as part of the artist exchange programme with Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan.

    This event is suitable for anyone ages 12+

    You can see Ya-chu Kang’s work exhibited here at CFCCA from Thursday 18 October until Sunday 28 October (Closed Monday 22 October)

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  19. Heritage Open Day

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    Come and see our newly opened Archive & Library and discover over 30 years of archival materials and publications from our rich history.

    Our archivist will be on hand to guide you through the collection and answer any questions you have.

    We’ll also be offering free creative workshops – badge making and mask making for all ages, using a selection of images from our archives.

  20. Free Exhibition Tour of Aquatopia

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    Join a member of our curatorial team for a free exhibition tour of ‘Aquatopia’ – this is the last guided tour available before the exhibition closes on 7 October.

    It’s the perfect opportunity to find out more about the artists we work with and how the exhibition address issues of water scarcity, water pollution and broader issues about climate change and environmental threats.

    This event is free to attend but booking in advance via Eventbrite is advised.