A video installation showing a woman in a supermarket. The screen is in a basement with speakers at either side and exposed pipes on the ceiling.

Cao Fei, Haze and Fog, 2013. Installation shot at St. George's Hall, Liverpool. Photograph by Pete Carr.

Chinese Contemporary Art

This unique collection has been developed mainly since 2013 and largely in partnership with the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) in Manchester.   In October 2013 the University of Salford signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), based in Manchester.  For over 30 years CFCCA has curated and presented ‘first’ UK solo exhibitions featuring exceptional artists that go on to achieve international acclaim.

The artists range from emerging through to established, and artworks vary from painting, photography, sculpture, video and installation. What links these works is the artists’ connection with Northwest England and how, in different ways, they each reflect the changing world that we live in.

From 9 February – 3 June 2018, the University of Salford Art Collection presented PRESENCE: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art in Liverpool as part of the city’s 2018 China Dream season. This exhibition was the first time that the University’s New Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art had been shown in its entirety.

PRESENCE: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art exhibition catalogue. 

Artists in the Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art include:

Digital still of video depicting an early computer tennis game.

aaajiao (China), Tennis for None, 2016.

Man crouched over broken hammers.

Li Binyuan (China), Deathless Love, 2015.

Close-up on a human eye

Suki Chan (Hong Kong/UK), Lucida, 2016.

Abstract painting of block colours hanging on a wall with a book on a stand to the right.

Chou Yu-Cheng (Taiwan), From Geoff Molyneux Series, 2014.

Still from a video of a woman staring into camera with blood smeared on her face.

Cao Fei (China), Haze and Fog, 2013.

A small model of a cinema with police officer figures outside.

Cao Fei (China), La Town, 2014.

A white leather laced shoe designed for a bird's foot.

Han Feng (China), Shoe for Bird, 2012.

Chen Hangfeng (China), Fu Lu Shou, 2012.

Video still of two forearms. On the hand on the left the little finger is raise and on the one on the right the thumb is protruding will the other fingers are clasped.

Kong Chun Hei (Hong Kong), Hand Practice, 2017.

Video still of a martial arts man in the air about to land on the ground. There are trees in the background.

susan pui san lok (UK/Hong Kong), Trailers (from RoCH Fans and Legends), 2015.

Black and white photograph of a man with his arms crossed in front of his chest, eyes closed and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. In background is made up of an image of sky and clouds.

Wang Ningde (China), Some Days No. 3, 2002.

Ma Qiusha (China), Fog Series, 2013.

Tian Taiquan (China), Totem Recollection 3, 2007.

Wu Chi-Tsung (Taiwan), Wrinkled Texture 027, 2015.

A display of porcelain books of various sizes, placed on a green surface.

Annie Lai Kuen Wan (Hong Kong), Lost in Biliterate and Trilingual, 2014.

A photograph of a letter mounted in a frame.

Yan Xing (China), Letter to Mr Robert Peckham, 2012.

Abstract red and yellow painting outlining Salford and Manchester.

Lu Xinjian (China), City DNA / Salford and Manchester, 2016.

Black and white still from a video depicting mountains, which on closer inspection are made up of buildings.

Yang Yongliang (China), Mountains of Crowds, 2016.

Chen Ching-Yuan, the (flare-s), 2013.

Photograph of water rippling with the sunlight reflecting on the surface.

Liang Yue (China), untitled, 2018.