Join the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) for a monthly free guided tour of their building and current exhibitions. The Gallery is a cultural beacon in the heart of the Northern Quarter and uses its spaces to promote the work of contemporary artists with links to China or Chinese culture. Their exhibitions always aim to carry a strong social message with the art, creating a space for discussing political ideas surrounding the themes of their seasons. The tours are lead by curators working in the Centre who typically speak directly with the artists as the installation process takes place. This allows the tour guides to gain a perspective of the work which is more personal to the artist than you would typically find on an art gallery tour.
As an institution, the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art holds significant cultural history in the form of its small but unique library. As well as documenting the history of the centre from its roots in China Town, it also contains many texts which can’t be accessed anywhere else in the city relating to artists currently creating new work. Next door to the library is one of the most fascinating features of the centre, the residency space. This is a living and working space for a wide variety of artists, working in an array of mediums, who have been drawn to Manchester. At the end of a residency, the centre holds an open studio, allowing the public to see the work created by whoever is occupying the space at the time.
This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the work being curated and created by CFCCA and discover new artists. If you haven’t previously come across the centre, or don’t know where to start with contemporary art, the tour is an ideal way to find out a bit more in a relaxed and informal setting.