1. 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.

     

  2. 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)

  3. 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.

    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/

  4. 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/

  5. 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/

  6. 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

    Ground Floor

    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.

  7. Archives: Artist susan pui san lok in conversation

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    Archives have long inspired artists and more recently curators, but what is special in engaging archival materials and how can this transform cultural production? Artist susan pui san lok will share her experiences of working with archives and how this interaction has shaped her thinking and practice. susan features in the recently launched CFCCA Archive & Library, having previously exhibiting at the gallery in 1996, 2006 and again in 2016. The discussion is preceded by an introduction from curator and producer Kwong Lee.

    susan pui san lok is an artist and writer based in London. Her work ranges across moving image, installation, sound, performance and text. Projects include solo exhibitions at CFCCA (2016), QUAD (2015), MAI/Montreal Arts Interculturels (2014), and commissions for Film and Video Umbrella, De La Warr Pavilion, BFI Southbank and Cornerhouse/BBC Big Screen. International group exhibitions include Diaspora Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) and the 1st Asia Biennial / 5th Guangzhou Triennial (2015-2016). Her artist books and multiples include RoCH Fans and Legends (2017), Faster, Higher (2009), Golden (Notes) (2007) and NEWS (2005). She is currently developing a project for New Geographies, commissioned by ECVAN (East Contemporary Visual Arts Network).

    Kwong Lee is a freelance Contemporary Art Producer and a producer for Manchester International Festival. Between 2005 and 2016, he was the Director of Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery (CG), a publicly funded contemporary art venue and artist development agency. His recent freelance work has been with the University of Salford, artist groups and individual artists. From 2013 to 2016, Lee co-chaired Contemporary Visual Arts Manchester (CVAM), part of a national network, consisting of organisations, arts professionals and artists, promoting and supporting the work of the city region’s visual art eco-system. He is a member of the new Greater Manchester Culture Steering Group and is on the board of The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art.

  8. 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.

     

  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Chromotherapy Workshop with Talie Linseed

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    Get creative with household liquids! Experiment and explore the colours created by the different pH levels of a variety of liquids and make your own designs onto specially treated fabric.

    Talie Linseed aka Natalie Linney is a textile artist, and creative facilitator based in Manchester, UK. After graduating with BA (Hons) in Visual Arts from Salford University Natalie continued to develop her creative practice focusing primarily on print based techniques.

    In 2012 she learned natural dyeing methods during her time working with textile artist Kate Fletcher in Tasmania, Australia, and has since worked with natural dyeing processes to create unique pieces.

    Throughout history, before the advent of synthetic dyeing processes, people have coloured fibres using local plants and minerals. This process dates back to 10,200 BC and is still the same one used today.

    In her practice, Natalie utilises these ancient dyeing techniques with natural and man-made objects found in the contemporary urban environment to produce entirely unique textile pieces. Working with traditional methods, she creates striking and delicate patterns which emerge in unpredictable ways to reflect the materials used and the place in which it was produced.

    This event is free and drop in, no booking required. It is suitable for all ages.

  14. Session 2 – Green Screen workshop for elected home-school student

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    Session 1: Monday 20 August, 11am – 12.30pm
    Session 2: Monday 20 August, 1pm – 2.30pm

    We are offering the chance for elected home educated students to take part in a FREE workshop experimenting with green screen technology. This is the same technology used in films to place actors in fantastical landscapes or even transform actors into mythical creatures.

    To book onto this workshop we’re asking that you complete a questionnaire which will help us to plan future bespoke workshops for elected home educated students, as we feel we’re in a great position to offer this service if it is of interest.

    Please download and complete the form below and return by email to abigail@cfcca.org.uk or by post to Abi Mitchell, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Market Buildings, Thomas Street, Manchester, M1 4EU.

    Download Questionnaire and Registration Form

    If you have any questions about this please contact us on 0161 832 7271

  15. Session 1 – Green Screen Workshop for elected-home educated students

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    Session 1: Monday 20 August, 11am – 12.30pm
    Session 2: Monday 20 August, 1pm – 2.30pm

    We are offering the chance for elected home educated students to take part in a FREE workshop experimenting with green screen technology. This is the same technology used in films to place actors in fantastical landscapes or even transform actors into mythical creatures.

    To book onto this workshop we’re asking that you complete a questionnaire which will help us to plan future bespoke workshops for elected home educated students, as we feel we’re in a great position to offer this service if it is of interest.

    Please download and complete the form below and return by email to abigail@cfcca.org.uk or by post to Abi Mitchell, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Market Buildings, Thomas Street, Manchester, M1 4EU.

    Download Questionnaire and Registration Form

    If you have any questions about this please contact us on 0161 832 7271

  16. Ziling Wang – Open Studio

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    Residency Dates: 12 August – 2 September

    Open Studio: Thursday 30 August, 5.30pm – 8pm

    Ziling Wang is a Chinese born-London based artist, who gained an MA in Fine Art from Central St Martins. In her practice Zilang plays with perceptions, creating unique visual experiences through 3D acrylic paintings that spill out of the frame.

    During her three week residency at CFCCA she will be drawing on the parallels between Manchester’s industrial past and her upbringing in heavily industrialised China. She’ll be expanding her practice by using industrial materials such as pipes to form the framework for her painting.

    An installation of this work created in our purpose-built on site studio will be presented in an open studio on Thursday 30 August from 5.30pm to 8pm. Ziling will give a brief talk and audience Q & A at 7.30pm.

  17. Our Plastic Ocean with Mandy Barker

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    Our Plastic Ocean: An unnatural Journey

    Artist Talk with photographer Mandy Barker followed by a Q & A led by Paul Herrmann, Director of Redeye, the Photography Network.

    Mandy Barker is an internationally award winning photographer (The Deutsche Borse Foundation Photography Award 2018; Magnum Foundation Fund) whose work investigates marine plastic debris in an effort to raise awareness about plastic pollution and the effect it has on marine life and ourselves.

    Join this talk to hear more about her practice and the Hong Kong Soup photograph series.

    This event is led in partnership with Redeye, the Photography Network – a non-profit organisation set up to support photographers at every stage of their career.

    Tickets are £4, and include a glass of wine or tea on arrival.

  18. A Window On… The Big Steppe

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    The Big Steppe are a team of researchers, documentary-makers and artists who have spent the last year in Mongolia researching and filming the lives of rural Mongolian communities in order to both understand and truthfully portray the factors threatening one of the world’s last nomadic populations. They now want to share this on as many platforms as possible to give voice to these nomadic communities on an international stage.

    For this project The Big Steppe collaborated with several international charitable organisations including Save the Children, The Red Cross and UNICEF.

    This event is a one-off opportunity to meet the team and hear more about this fascinating project as well as be among the first to see some of the outcomes.

    Tickets £4 and include a glass of wine or tea on arrival.

  19. Film Screening: Beauty Under Fire

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    Thursday Late: Film Screening

    Beauty Under Fire: The Xiuguluan River (2010, CHEN Ching-Chong)

    60 minutes screening, followed by discussion

    The Xiuguluan River is one of four major rivers in Taiwan. It begins in the Central Mountain ranges and flows in to the Pacific Ocean through a network of mountains, plains, wetlands and river deltas. Generations of human settlement have relied on it, but ultimately through modernisation and industrialisation, humans have stained and endangered the river. By showing this startling spectacle the documentary calls for us to care more for our rivers.

  20. Manchester Pride: Film Screening of Queer China ‘Comrade China’

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    Queer China, ‘Comrade China’ (2008) is a documentary by Cui Zi’en. It traces the changes and developments in LGBT culture that took  place in China over the previous 80 years.

    Unlike any before this ground-breaking film explores the historical milestones and ongoing advocacy efforts of the Chinese LGBT community. The film culminates with the submission of Dr. Li Yinhe’s Same-sex Marriage Bill to the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People’s Congress in 2003.  A major landmark in the ongoing struggle for acceptance of queer identity in China.

    This film screening is run in association with Manchester Pride.

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