Manchester's Chinese Arts Centre: A Case Study in Strategic Cultural Intervention

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From its initial inception as a focus for arts and culture within the Chinese community of Manchester and the North West, to its recent rebranding as the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), the Chinese Arts Centre’s history has intersected with a number of shifts and changes within the arts in the UK. Here we are asking: what can looking at an institution such as the Chinese Arts Centre tell us about the shifting debates and arguments about the place and role of (Chinese) culture within society and the cultural geography of a city? What can such as case study tell us about what artists, styles and taste formations are dominant at particular historical moments and what insights can it offer into the political economy of arts funding at these junctures?

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContesting British Chinese Culture
EditorsAshley Thorpe, Diana Yeh
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-71158-4
Publication statusPublished - 2018