CFCCA is unique as the architectural design of our building directly relates to our history and purpose.

Our RIBA award-winning building houses two galleries, a shop, a purpose built live-in artist studio, an archive & library and the Jasmine Suite, a multi-functional venue hire facility.

In 2003, CFCCA acquired Arts Council funding to convert the Grade II listed Smithfield Market Building in Manchester’s Northern Quarter to a bespoke, flagship gallery.

Local architects OMI incorporated a series of architectural and design elements to the building drawn from Chinese culture to enrich the experience for visitors. The black zinc spine wall running through the building is a reference to the dark grey brickwork of Northern China, and the dimensions of the entrance layout and flooring pattern were influenced by the traditional “hutong” courtyard typically found in Beijing. The foyer also houses walnut panelling, suggestive of the wall types found in traditional Chinese tea houses.

Our striking iron gates at the main entrance are designed in the style of a sliding screen comprised of Chinese characters which spell out ‘Chinese Arts Centre’. The design was influenced by the art of paper-cutting, and was created by artist Mary Tang who was one of the original founders of the organisation.