1. Welcome to the Metaverse

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    This is a Pop-Up Nail Salon with a difference. Metaverse is an all-women led organisation, who adapt cutting edge digital technologies to empower through freedom of self expression. In this pop up they’ll be using augmented reality and exclusive designs to create an array of interactive holograms that fly out of your fingers!

  2. Get Creative at CFCCA

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    For Chinese New Year drop in over the weekend to participate in a relaxed creative session including mindful colouring and collages inspired by our current exhibition ‘Chinternet Ugly’. You can even make your own meme! This event is free and will run on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm, so drop in, enjoy our exhibition and be inspired to create your own art.

    Free creative fun for all ages! No experience or materials required.

  3. Get Creative at CFCCA

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    For Chinese New Year drop in over the weekend to participate in a relaxed creative session including mindful colouring and collages inspired by our current exhibition ‘Chinternet Ugly’. You can even make your own meme! This event is free and will run on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm, so drop in, enjoy our exhibition and be inspired to create your own art.

    Free creative fun for all ages! No experience or materials required.

  4. Thursday Late with Research Corner

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    On the last Thursday of every month our galleries and shop are open until the later time of 8pm – a chance to enjoy our exhibitions after work and in a relaxed setting with a glass of wine or tea.

    As part of this Thursday Late we present the first ever ‘Research Corner.’ Led by CFCCA’s Archivist Katie Waring, you will be guided through our Archive & Library with a focus on artists we’ve worked with who have been inspired by digital technology and the internet to complement our current exhibition ‘Chinternet Ugly’

    Also for this Thursday Late we’ll be joined by the co-curator of ‘Chinternet Ugly’ Dr Ros Holmes, who will be giving a talk about the exhibition and more details about the radical new media artists working in China today. This event is ticketed – book yours by clicking the link in ‘related events.’

  5. A Window On… Chinternet Ugly with Dr. Ros Holmes

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    As part of our Thursday Late in February, Dr Ros Holmes – co-curator of ‘Chinternet Ugly’ – will discuss the culture of online parody, politics and play. This is a chance to ask your questions and discover more about the radical new media artists working in China today.

    Ticket also includes a tour of the exhibition.

     

  6. Chinternet UglyVideo Workshop with MadLab

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    On this 4 hour workshop you’ll learn the fundamentals of the Chinese Internet aesthetic – Chinternet Ugly. You’ll learn about the online culture, its styles, techniques and processes whilst creating a video for our fictional Youku (YouTube) channel. Videos will finally be assembled into a Youku style webpage, referencing Maio Ying’s Chinternet Plus and its counterfeit ideologies.

    You’ll be tasked with assembling a collection of gifs, pixel art, memes, and selfies. You’ll then process these using video software, learning the principles of experimental video editing and manipulation.

    What you’ll learn

    • History of Chinternet Ugly and its artists
    • Video and image manipulation techniques
    • Assembling gifs into video software
    • Animating images through rotating, stretching, panning
    • Layering images and video using blending techniques

    No former experience required! This workshop is suitable for ages 14 years and over. Please note all under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

  7. Make a Meme at Manchester Arndale

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    Create your own ‘meme’ for Chinese New Year. Inspired by our current exhibition ‘Chinternet Ugly’ this free drop in workshop, led by experienced practitioners, will help you use traditional craft techniques such as printing and calligraphy to create a meme you can take home with you.

  8. CFCCA Archive Road Show at Manchester Central Library

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    Join us at Manchester Central Library for a fun-filled day of free activities to celebrate Chinese New Year. Using an exciting range of images from our Archive & Library featuring animals of the Chinese Zodiac you can create your own art work, badges and masks to take home with you.

  9. Making a Dimension: Digital Drawing Workshop

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    Inspired by Chinternet Ugly? Find out more about the ways you can use free and accessible platforms online to make art via your phone or ipad. Taking inspiration from the artists featured in CFCCA’s current exhibition Chinternet Ugly, this workshop led by local artist Emily Tilzey is suitable for anyone aged 12 or over who has an interest in creative practice and how the internet can be used as a platform for producing and exhibiting art. No prior experience neccessary!

    Suitable for ages 12+

    Tickets £5

  10. Free Guided Tour

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    An accessible, informal and interactive tour. Explore the current exhibition ‘Chinternet Ugly’ in more depth, and discover more about the gallery and our 30 year history in Manchester.

    This event is free, but booking is advised.

  11. 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

     

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

    Book Workshop 1 on Eventbrite

    Workshop 2: 2.45pm – 4pm

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  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

     

  19. 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)

  20. YouthLab: January Social

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    YouthLab 2019 returns with a monthly social session for young people 14-19 years at CFCCA in the Northern Quarter. Each free drop in session takes place on the third Tuesday of the month, 5pm – 7pm.

    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.

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

    Follow YouthLab on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/cfcca_youthlab/

    Other dates are:

    Tuesday 19 February, 5pm – 7pm

    Tuesday 19 March, 5pm – 7pm

    Tuesday 16 April, 5pm – 7pm

    Tuesday 14 May, 5pm – 7pm