CFCCA’s Archive and Library opened to the public following a project to catalogue and digitise material supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. This resource is a comprehensive record of our unique contribution to the progression of Chinese contemporary art and artists since 1986.

Image of book spines in Archive & Library

CFCCA Archive & Library Detail 2018 by Paul Brownless

The Archive contains films, images, promotional and other archival materials relating to our history spanning over three decades of working with exceptional artists from Samson Young to Cao Fei. In addition the Library houses an extensive collection of books and resources useful to anyone interested in discovering more about Chinese contemporary art and visual culture.

CFCCA has a rich and extensive history and we’re delighted to be able to share this with the wider public. We look forward to welcoming students, academics, curators, artists and other art professionals to make use of this unique resource to support their research and studies.

Photo of leaflet from CFCCA's archive

CFCCA archival materials 2018 photo by Joe Smith

How to access our Archive & Library on site

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unfortunately not possible to have on-site access to our Archive & Library at the moment. There is limited space in the Archive and it is therefore not possible to socially distance. However, we welcome requests for information. Please email our Archivist at

You can also browse the archive and library catalogue online.

CFCCA Archive and Library brought to live by Ada Hao. July 2018. Photograph by Joe Smith Photography


Archive & Library online catalogue

This resource is free to use, allowing you to browse our collection of archival material and trace the history of CFCCA by using the gallery or hierarchy tree. A large number of images and materials are made available with a Creative Commons license – this means you will be able to download the images to print and share for any purpose as long as you credit CFCCA.

If you are looking for something specific there are advanced search options available. Our Archivist is happy to assist if you would like any further information. Contact us at or call 0161 832 7271.