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 includes work by artists from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the wider diaspora/artists of Chinese heritage. It has been developed mainly since 2013, when the University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) in Manchester. Through working initially with CFCCA, and increasingly commissioning new work with wider partners such as Open Eye Gallery, LOOK International Photography Festival, and Photofair Shanghai, as well as independent curators such as Ying Kwok, the collection has grown to include work by 29 emerging and established artists (as of August 2020, with several further commissions underway).

Recognising global shifts in power from West to East, and wanting to ensure that the Collection is international in focus, this strand also connects to the work of the School of Arts and Media across China (at Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in Dailan, China Academy of Arts in Shanghai, and Chengdu University).

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.

Artists include:
AAAJIAO, Li Binyuan, Suki Chan, Chou-Yu Cheng, Gordon Cheung, Luke Ching, Cao Fei, Han Feng, Chen Hangfeng, Kong Chun Hei, Owen Leong, susan pui san lok, Wang Ningde, Ma Qiusha, Cheng Ran, Tian Taiquan, Wu Chi-Tsung, Annie Lai Kuen Wan, Yan Xing, Lu Xinjian, Sun Xun, Lu Yang, Samson Young, Miao Ying, Yang Yongliang, Chen Ching-Yuan, Liang Yue, He Xiangyu, Shen Xin

In 2018, the Collection of Chinese contemporary art was exhibited in its’ entirety in Liverpool at PRESENCE: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art , part of the city’s 2018 China Dream season. In early 2019 a selection of work was exhibited at the New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery.

In late 2019, a selection of work from the wider Collection was exhibited at Photofair Shanghai, curated by Ying Kwok. In the same year, University of Salford Curator Lindsay Taylor curated Peer to Peer, a group exhibition of photographers from the UK and China both in Liverpool (at St George’s Hall and Open Eye Gallery) and in Shanghai (Shanghai Centre of Photography).

In 2020, Lindsay is also part of the North West Collective (CFCCA, Open Eye Gallery, and the University of Salford) leading an Arts Council funded cultural exchange programme for Visual Arts in the UK and Hong Kong.

PRESENCE: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art exhibition catalogue. 

Black screen with small white visual of a horizontal line. In the centre of the screen there is a small vertical line (symbolising a tennis net). Small dots as tennis balls and various arched lines symbolising the direction the 'ball' has traveled.

aaajiao, Tennis for None, 2016. Digital animation

Man crouched over broken hammers.

Li Binyuan, Deathless Love, 2015. Live performance (still from documentation, with Steve Wade).

Close-up on a human eye

Suki Chan, Lucida, 2016. Video installation (still)

Man sat eating noodles whilst a man is stood at the side of his table playing a harmonica.

Cao Fei, Haze and Fog (production still) 2013. Digital video

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

Cao Fei, La Town, 2014 (production still). Digital video.

Han Feng, Shoe for Bird, 2012

A papercut of a Chinese symbol in yellow. On closer inspection of the symbol you can make out company logos.

Chen Hangfeng, Fu Lu Shou 2013. Papercut.

Kong Chun Hei Hand Practice 2017 Digital video (detail)

Owen Leong Hole 2006. Photograph

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, Trailers (from RoCH Fans and Legends), 2015. Digital video (still)

Wang Ningde, Some Days No. 03, 2002. Photograph (detail)

Ma Qiusha, Fog Series, 2013. Triptych, Watercolour on paper.

Cheng Ran, Diary of a Madman Manchester Plan, New Bees (2019) Digital video (detail)

Tian Taiquan, Totem Recollection 3, 2007. C-Print. (installation detail)

Chi-Tsung Wu, Wrinkled Texture 027, 2015. Photograph and cyanotype print (detail)

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

Annie Lai Kuen Wan, Lost in Biliterate and Trilingual, 2014. Porcelain.

A photograph of a letter mounted in a frame.

Yan Xing, Letter to Mr Robert Peckham, 2012. Digital print.

Lu Xinjian, City DNA/Salford and Manchester, 2016. Acrylic on canvas

Black background with white stick like drawings on.

Sun Xun, A War About Chinese Words, 2005. Hand drawn animation (still).

Lu Yang, The Great Adventure of Material World #1, 2019. Digital print. (detail)

A gloved hand holding two 'love locks' and a padlock.

Miao Ying, Love’s Labour’s Lost, 2019.

Yang Yongliang, Mountains of Crowds, 2016. Still from video (detail)

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

Liang Yue, C0018, 2018 Single-channel video (still, detail).

Liang Yue, untitled, 2018. Detail from photograph triptych.

He Xiangyu untitled 2018, digital print

Video still a woman lying down with her hands over her ears.

Shen Xin, Warm Spell, 2018. Video Still. Courtesy of artist.

Gordon Cheung Home (2019) mixed media sculpture

Samson Young, One of Two Stories, or Both (Field Bagatelles) 2017. Installation (detail)

All images (c) the artists and/or their estates and representatives.