Each year, CFCCA invites applications from artists interested in engaging with our rich archive of material through a 10-week Archive and Library Residency. The programme encourages artists to create new work or a series of events in response to our collection, which comprehensively details the organisation’s history and contains an extensive library of books and resources on Chinese contemporary art and visual culture.

As we find ourselves unable to realise residencies on-site during the COVID-19 pandemic, for 2020 we have selected two artists to take part in the residency remotely and produce a digital artwork which draws inspiration from our online catalogue of archival material: Hayley Suviste and Frances Yeung.

Hayley Suviste

Image of Hayley Suviste. Courtesy of the artist.

Manchester-based sound artist and composer Hayley Suviste takes up our first digital Archive and Library residency from 21st July to 25th September. Hayley creates sonic compositions exploring space, memory and narrative, weaving together archival material and field recordings to bring oral histories to life and highlight the stories hidden within collections. Her works are intimate and crafted thoughtfully, utilising multichannel, ambisonic and binaural formats to shape dynamic and immersive experiences for listeners which address sociohistorical themes and capture individuals’ lived experiences. She recently completed a Master’s in Electroacoustic Composition at the University of Manchester’s NOVARS research centre and her music has been showcased internationally and across the UK at festivals and sound conferences. Hayley also co-runs The Manchester Ear, a project which aims to involve local communities in soundwalks around Manchester and emphasise the importance of deep listening.

Frances Yeung

Image of Frances Yeung and her work Love, Freedom and Everything In-between (2020), part of the ‘Chinese Classics: Arts Practice & the Community’ exhibition at Library of Birmingham. Photo by Chinese Community Centre – Birmingham.

From September to the end of November Frances Yeung will take over as our second artist-in-residence. With over 20 years’ experience as a graphic designer, Frances has turned her attention in recent years to developing her artistic practice. She blends traditional mediums, such as silkscreen and conductive ink, with the newer technologies of projection mapping and Bare Touch Board. Her work is also infused with community interaction, with a focus on promoting understanding and raising awareness of marginalised groups in society. Her previous projects and collaborations have addressed topics ranging from the difficulties faced by autistic children and their families to the erasure of queer histories and spaces as a result of urban development in King’s Cross, London. In particular, Frances aims to shed light on the complexities of British Chinese women’s identities in a way that subverts stereotypes and challenges lacking representation. She has worked with a number of UK institutions including Birmingham Open Media, China West Midlands, and the University of Birmingham, as well as running workshops for Coventry Positive Image Festival and the Chinese Community Centre in Birmingham.