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.

Learn more about Frances’ residency below, who will be working with us from September to November 2020.

Frances Yeung

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, curated by Rachel Marsden. Photo by Chinese Community Centre – Birmingham.

With over 20 years’ experience as a graphic designer, Frances Yeung 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.