We are the UK agency for the promotion of contemporary Chinese art and interpretation of Chinese culture.
Established in 1986, Chinese Arts Centre has a strong history as a national agency for the development and promotion of Chinese arts and culture in the UK. Located in the North West of England, Chinese Arts Centre is part of the region’s rich Chinese heritage. Chinese Arts Centre is based in Manchester, a city with the second largest Chinese community in the UK. Manchester is a vibrant artistic city with a flourishing contemporary art scene. There are many artist studios, galleries and performance venues in the city with a busy population of contemporary artists choosing to live and work in Manchester.
Chinese Arts Centre aims to develop an infrastructure to allow Chinese arts, and especially British Chinese artists, to flourish. Our work covers four main areas; exhibitions, education, agency work and advocacy – which includes training, conferences and publications.
In 2003, funded by the Arts Council of England’s Lottery scheme, Chinese Arts Centre built a new flagship centre for Chinese arts in Britain. The centre contains a gallery which programmes the best of British and international Chinese art, an artist residency studio and apartment, an education suite, resource area, offices, shop and teahouse.