NEWS: What’s on at The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art


    Continuing with their season of lens-based work, The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art welcome Hong Kong artist Eason Tsang Ka Wai and German photographer Michael Wolf to the gallery.

    Both exhibitions center on Hong Kong, a crowded city that is tirelessly transforming and modernising, where private spaces spill into public, in one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Wolf’s photographs lead us through Hong Kong’s seemingly endless industrial facades and hidden network of back alleys encountering private habitats created within the public realm. In contrast Tsang’s work provides the viewer an intimate exploration of universal issues faced by city-dwellers, such as the pressing desire for escape from the crowded urban environment and hidden anxieties about excessive modernisation.

    Launch night:
    Thursday 11 May, 6 – 8pm

    Free to attend and all welcome, refreshments available

    Exhibition dates:
    Eason Tsang Ka Wai: A Look at Looking
    12 May – 25 June

    Gallery 1

    Michael Wolf: A Private Public
    12 May – 18 June

    Gallery 2


    6 May | Mandarin Corner
    Start: 1.30pm

    An informal monthly workshop, held at CFCCA, for those with an interest in learning more about Mandarin language and broader Chinese culture. The sessions are hosted by CFCCA volunteers and cover spoken and written Mandarin, across a wide variety of topics – often themed to CFCCA’s current exhibition or other current affairs.

    Sessions are free, informal and open to all, from complete beginners and upwards! It’s a great way to test and develop your spoken and written Mandarin as well as gain a greater understanding of traditional and contemporary Chinese Culture.

    Booking is not currently required however please do ensure that you arrive on time for the start of sessions.

    For more information and enquiries please email:

    18 May | Manchester After Hours
    Film Focus: Big City Little Man

    Tea Tasting: upon arrival, 5.45 – 6.15pm
    Screening: 6.15pm – 7.15pm
    Tickets: £3 to book in advance CLICK HERE or visit our shop

    For Manchester After Hours 2017 and as part of our lens based media programme we present a one off screening of ‘Big City Little Man’ a short film by Ho Fan with James Lai (1963), 30 mintues. This silent film presents the story of a man who is lost in a ‘Big City’, pretending to be someone who he is not. Ho Fan, nicknamed ‘the great master’ earned his fame as one of Asia’s most beloved street photographers, capturing Hong Kong in the 1950s and 60s.

    Ho Fan once stated ‘I love Hong Kong and I love Hong Kong people’ – never intending to create a historic record of the city’s buildings and monuments he set out to capture the soul of Hong Kong through the hardship and resilience of its citizens. This screening also features short films by artists May Fung and Liu Chuang.