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Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art A unique art gallery that explores Chinese contemporary culture and visual art. Our galleries will not be reopening as planned on Wed 19th May.

Further details will be communicated. CFCCA is a unique art gallery with a year-round programme of socially engaged exhibitions, events and artist residencies. We have over 30 year’s experience of working with emerging and established artists to provide a space for conversation, debate and cross cultural exchange. We are the go to place to discover new artists and explore relevant global issues fr

Further details will be communicated. CFCCA is a unique art gallery with a year-round programme of socially engaged exhibitions, events and artist residencies. We have over 30 year’s experience of working with emerging and established artists to provide a space for conversation, debate and cross cultural exchange. We are the go to place to discover new artists and explore relevant global issues fr

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Han Mengyun’s residency concluded last week with an intimate presentation of her work in progress at our Open StudioHan’...
04/10/2022

Han Mengyun’s residency concluded last week with an intimate presentation of her work in progress at our Open Studio

Han’s work employs diverse materiality and media, including craft and architectural structures, embodying her interest in global art history and visual cultures, and the ways in which they are inextricably connected.

During her residency at CFCCA, Han conducted research on the importance of craft. She turned CFCCA’s main gallery into a temporary artist’s studio, where she drew back the curtain on the creative process behind woodblock printing on canvas.



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"As an artist, I’m not interested in the idea of the origin of things as it seems like an endless and futile endeavour t...
23/09/2022

"As an artist, I’m not interested in the idea of the origin of things as it seems like an endless and futile endeavour that only creates hatred and competition. What fascinates me instead is the history of connection made possible by the sharing of this woodblock printing technique and many other traditions.”

Thank you everyone who came to yesterday's online talk, “Craft as a Transcultural Practice”, with our artist in residence

And an extra special thanks to our guest speakers and for an insightful discussion which explored how craft travels through cultures and how it brings people together as a communal practice. For those of you who couldn't make it a recording will soon be available on our Youtube channel.

We are running an Open Studio on Friday 30th September for visitors to see Han Mengyun's work at CFCCA - find out more via link in bio

"As an artist, I’m not interested in the idea of the origin of things as it seems like an endless and futile endeavour t...
23/09/2022

"As an artist, I’m not interested in the idea of the origin of things as it seems like an endless and futile endeavour that only creates hatred and competition. What fascinates me instead is the history of connection made possible by the sharing of this woodblock printing technique and many other traditions.”

Thank you everyone who came to yesterday's online talk, “Craft as a Transcultural Practice”, with our artist in residence

And an extra special thanks to our guest speakers and for an insightful discussion which explored how craft travels through cultures and how it brings people together as a communal practice. For those of you who couldn't make it a recording will soon be available on our Youtube channel.

We are running an Open Studio on Friday 30th September for visitors to see Han Mengyun's work at CFCCA - find out more via link in bio

OPEN STUDIO -  Friday 30 September 2 - 5pmVisit Han Mengyun in her residency studio in CFCCA’s main gallery space to lea...
16/09/2022

OPEN STUDIO - Friday 30 September 2 - 5pm

Visit Han Mengyun in her residency studio in CFCCA’s main gallery space to learn more about her research and current works in progress, ranging from painting and installation to video and the written word.

Free admission but please book to guarantee your place - link in bio

If you can't make it in person on the 30th, Mengyun will also deliver a virtual talk via Zoom on 22 September in which she'll discuss recent projects and research alongside curator Roisin Inglesby and art historian Vivek Gupta. Visit the link in bio to learn more.



Photos: Rebecca Tutthill

Free online talk next Thursday 22 September at 1pm Join CFCCA's September artist in residence Han Mengyun, curator Roisi...
14/09/2022

Free online talk next Thursday 22 September at 1pm

Join CFCCA's September artist in residence Han Mengyun, curator Roisin Inglesby and art historian Vivek Gupta for a virtual conversation on craft, its
present-day relevance and the history of transculturalism.

Register for your free ticket via link in bio.

We are excited to welcome Chinese multimedia artist and bilingual writer Han Mengyun as our September artist in residenc...
31/08/2022

We are excited to welcome Chinese multimedia artist and bilingual writer Han Mengyun as our September artist in residence!

Initially trained in the tradition of Western oil painting, Han sought difference and otherness in the histories of Chinese, Indian and Islamic art. Her work employs diverse materiality and media, including craft and architectural structures.

During her residency at CFCCA Han will conduct research on the importance of craft, turning our main gallery into a temporary studio space to display the working process of woodblock printing on canvas.

The residency will also include an open studio and public events — more info coming soon.



Images:

Han Mengyun. Courtesy the artist.

Han Mengyun, The Pavilion of Three Mirrors, 2021. Installation view: Diriyah Biennale: Feeling the Stones, JAX district, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, December 11, 2021-March 11, 2022.

We are excited to welcome Chinese multimedia artist and bilingual writer Han Mengyun as our September artist in residenc...
31/08/2022

We are excited to welcome Chinese multimedia artist and bilingual writer Han Mengyun as our September artist in residence!

Initially trained in the tradition of Western oil painting, Han sought difference and otherness in the histories of Chinese, Indian and Islamic art. Her work employs diverse materiality and media, including craft and architectural structures.

During her residency at CFCCA Han will conduct research on the importance of craft, turning our main gallery into a temporary studio space to display the working process of woodblock printing on canvas.

The residency will also include an open studio and public events — more info coming soon.



Images:

Han Mengyun. Courtesy the artist.

Han Mengyun, The Pavilion of Three Mirrors, 2021. Installation view: Diriyah Biennale: Feeling the Stones, JAX district, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, December 11, 2021-March 11, 2022.

Thank you to everyone who visited our EXCHANGES // The Art of Contemporary China book launch by Professor Jiang Jiehong....
26/08/2022

Thank you to everyone who visited our EXCHANGES // The Art of Contemporary China book launch by Professor Jiang Jiehong. It was heartwarming to welcome visitors old and new, across all different walks of life, coming together for an evening of art and discourse.

Jiang Jiehong was in conversation with Xiaowen Zhu, director of CFCCA, to contextualise the story behind his book and to reflect on emerging narratives and challenges in today's art world. After the conversation we presented Zhao Zhao's film 'Project Taklamakan', which for the artist 'aimed not to explore a future in any scientifically significant terms, but to discuss a future of our daily existence'.

This was the second iteration of EXCHANGES, a series of public programmes to make space for artists and communities as the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art undergoes a period of transformation and growth.

📸 by Joe Smith

Last chance to get your free tickets for tomorrow’s EXCHANGES: The Art of Contemporary China book launch with Jiang Jieh...
24/08/2022

Last chance to get your free tickets for tomorrow’s EXCHANGES: The Art of Contemporary China book launch with Jiang Jiehong.

Professor Jiang will discuss his book with CFCCA Director Xiaowen Zhu, followed by the UK premiere of the artist Zhao Zhao’s ‘Project Taklamakan’ (2015-6).

6-8pm at CFCCA, tickets free – register via our website, link in bio.



Images: Project Taklamakan (2015-6), courtesy of the artist

Hear Professor Jiang Jiehong discuss his new book, ‘The Art of Contemporary China’ at CFCCA’s EXCHANGES next week.Art Qu...
17/08/2022

Hear Professor Jiang Jiehong discuss his new book, ‘The Art of Contemporary China’ at CFCCA’s EXCHANGES next week.

Art Quarterly says: "The author achieves a fresh and nuanced approach to introducing contemporary Chinese art, and the book is a testament to his extensive knowledge of the field"

Thursday 25th, 6-8pm at CFCCA – tickets free but limited. Please register via our website, link in bio



Images:

Yangjiang Group, ‘Drunk Calligraphy I Drink in Order to Drown the Agony, but the Agony Has Learnt How to Swim’, 2012. Courtesy of the artists

Zhan Wang, ‘Artificial Rocks, No. 175’, 2013. Installation view at Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology, Peking University, Beijing, 2013. Courtesy of the artist

Huang Yong Ping, ‘Serpent d’océan’, 2012. Installation view on the banks of the Loire estuary, Saint-Brevin-les-Pins, 2012. Courtesy of Shen Yuan

Join us on 25th August for the second iteration of EXCHANGES — an evening of art and conversation to launch ‘The Art of ...
15/08/2022

Join us on 25th August for the second iteration of EXCHANGES — an evening of art and conversation to launch ‘The Art of Contemporary China’ by Professor Jiang Jiehong, published by Thames & Hudson.

Professor Jiang will appear in conversation with CFCCA Director Xiaowen Zhu, followed by the UK premiere of the artist Zhao Zhao’s ‘Project Taklamakan’ (2015-6).

Tickets are free but limited – please register via our website, link in bio



It was great to open CFCCA's doors in July for EXCHANGES // Open House: people-place-spaceAs part of the event we showca...
01/08/2022

It was great to open CFCCA's doors in July for EXCHANGES // Open House: people-place-space

As part of the event we showcased short films by seven international Asian filmmakers and hosted a conversation between guest curator Moritz Cheung and artist River Cao

We're looking forward to sharing details of future EXCHANGES soon



Photographs by Joe Smith:

Screening of Photo Booth, Roxy Rezvany, 2022
Screening of That ・ This, Hu Ching-Chuan, 2018
Moritz Cheung and River Cao in conversation

At EXCHANGES Open House: people-place-space we invited participants to sketch out a vision for what kind of art space th...
27/07/2022

At EXCHANGES Open House: people-place-space we invited participants to sketch out a vision for what kind of art space the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art should become.

Together we explored how people are placemakers in the context of migration, displacement, and resistance, asking:

· Who gets to embed meaning into a space for its citizens (and who gets left out)?

· How can places be made and defined without excluding communities?

· How do we listen to each other in a multilingual environment, as we attempt to understand each other’s wants and needs?

· Can the community determine alternative use of spaces?

Watch this space for more highlights from the day and news about the next EXCHANGES in the series



Photographs by Joe Smith

Thank you to all of the artists and visitors who took part in EXCHANGES // Open House: people-place-space on Saturday.Th...
25/07/2022

Thank you to all of the artists and visitors who took part in EXCHANGES // Open House: people-place-space on Saturday.

This was the first iteration of EXCHANGES, a series of public programmes to make space for artists and communities as the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art undergoes a period of transformation and growth

Photographs by Joe Smith:

Mengting Zhuo performing Thesaurus
Visitors sharing their visions for what kind of art space the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art should become
Screening of That ・ This, Hu Ching-Chuan, 2018, courtesy of the artist and Chi-Wen Gallery
Guest curator Moritz Cheung and artist River Cao and in conversation
Mengting Zhuo performing Thesaurus, followed by a conversation with the artist

EXCHANGES // Open House: people-place-space is at CFCCA 1-5pm tomorrow!A dynamic programme of artist film screenings, pe...
22/07/2022

EXCHANGES // Open House: people-place-space is at CFCCA 1-5pm tomorrow!

A dynamic programme of artist film screenings, performance and conversation, with tea and a pop-up crafts market

Free entry and open to all – no need to book, just drop in. Find out more via our website – link in bio



Still from River is My Hometown, River Cao, 2021, courtesy of the artist

For EXCHANGES at CFCCA this Saturday Mengting Zhuo will create a new iteration of her ongoing performance project, Thesa...
21/07/2022

For EXCHANGES at CFCCA this Saturday Mengting Zhuo will create a new iteration of her ongoing performance project, Thesaurus, which explores ways of storytelling without a subject.

Playing with narrative and illusion, every performance becomes an unexpected game with an unexpected audience.

Performance 1 – 3pm, followed by a conversation with the artist

EXCHANGES // Open House: people-place-space is free to attend and open to all



Image: Thesaurus, Mengting Zhuo, 2015-ongoing, courtesy of the artist

As part of EXCHANGES // Open House: people-place-space at CFCCA this Saturday 23rd we’ll be screening seven short films ...
20/07/2022

As part of EXCHANGES // Open House: people-place-space at CFCCA this Saturday 23rd we’ll be screening seven short films by international Asian filmmakers curated by Moritz Cheung

Drop in to CFCCA between 1 – 5pm to see:

de(-privation)velopment, Aileen Ye, 2020
A Private Collection, Wu Chi-Yu, 2016
That ・ This, Hu Ching-Chuan, 2018
Photo Booth, Roxy Rezvany, 2022
River is My Hometown, River Cao, 2021
Chimera, Eileen Yoon, 2021
A Maiden’s Prayer, Tzuan Wu, 2021

You can also join a conversation with the curator and River Cao at 4pm

Free and open to all – no need to book. Find out more about EXCHANGES // Open House: people-place-space via our website – link in bio



Stills from:
de(-privation)velopment, Aileen Ye, 2020; A Private Collection, Wu Chi-Yu, 2016; Photo Booth, Roxy Rezvany, 2022; River is My Hometown, River Cao, 2021; Chimera, Eileen Yoon, 2021; A Maiden’s Prayer, Tzuan Wu, 2021; courtesy of the artist. Still from That ・ This, Hu Ching-Chuan, 2018, courtesy of the artist and Chi-Wen Gallery

EXCHANGES // Open House: people-place-space at CFCCA this Saturday 23rd includes Remembering Place curated by Moritz Che...
19/07/2022

EXCHANGES // Open House: people-place-space at CFCCA this Saturday 23rd includes Remembering Place curated by Moritz Cheung



Watch six short films by international Asian filmmakers and join a conversation with the curator and one of the featured artists, River Cao



Films screened on a loop 1pm – 5pm, artist talk 4pm



Free and open to all – no need to book. Find out more about EXCHANGES // Open House: people-place-space via our website – link in bio



ARTIST OPEN CALL - last chance to submit proposals - closing tomorrow 14th July at midday.We are inviting UK-based artis...
13/07/2022

ARTIST OPEN CALL - last chance to submit proposals - closing tomorrow 14th July at midday.

We are inviting UK-based artists to apply with a performance / social engagement artwork to be featured in our project space during EXCHANGES Open House: people-place-space on 23rd July 2022

Proposals should reflect the theme people-place-space - this is a paid opportunity and existing and new works are welcome.

We particularly encourage early-career artists to respond to the theme, as a way to develop their portfolio and experiences, or as a testing ground for work and ideas in development.

More details and info on how to submit your proposal are on our website – link in bio.

ARTIST OPEN CALL – closing date 14th July. For our upcoming event EXCHANGES Open House: people-place-space on 23rd July ...
07/07/2022

ARTIST OPEN CALL – closing date 14th July. For our upcoming event EXCHANGES Open House: people-place-space on 23rd July 2022, we are inviting UK-based artists to apply with a performance / social engagement artwork to be featured in our project space (approx. 270 sq ft).
 
We accept proposals from a diverse range of media and disciplines from artists who enjoy working with the public on-site. Both existing and new works are welcome, though the proposal should reflect the theme people-place-space.
 
We particularly encourage early-career artists to respond to the theme, as a way to develop their portfolio and experiences, or as a testing ground for work and ideas in development.
 
More details and info on how to submit your proposal are on our website – link in bio. The closing date for applications is 14th July
 
 

Photograph by Joe Smith

EXCHANGES // Open House: people-place-space – announcing a dynamic one-day programme of artist film screenings, performa...
06/07/2022

EXCHANGES // Open House: people-place-space – announcing a dynamic one-day programme of artist film screenings, performance and conversation, with tea and a pop-up crafts market at CFCCA on Saturday 23rd July, 1–5 pm. Free entry and open to all.

EXCHANGES refers to the movement of people, places, ideas, materials, emotions, memories, resources, possibilities, and hopes. EXCHANGES will metabolise collective energies and reflect creative ideas, contributing to a forum of communal expression. They are fluid spaces for togetherness that also embrace differences.

Taking the form of an Open House, the first iteration of EXCHANGES presents a day of artist film screenings, performance, and debate under the theme of people-place-space. Explore our crafts market, sit down for a tea, and join the conversation as together we discover new forms of interconnectedness.

ARTIST OPEN CALL – we’re inviting UK-based artists to apply with a performance / engagement artwork to be featured in our project space during EXCHANGES. Paid opportunity, existing and new works are welcome, though the proposal should reflect the theme people-place-space.

We accept proposals from a diverse range of media and disciplines from artists who enjoy working with the public on-site.

We particularly encourage early-career artists to respond to the theme, as a way to develop their portfolio and experiences, or as a testing ground for work and ideas in development.

Find out more and submit your proposal via our website by 14th July – link in bio.

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