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The UK’s only non-profit institution specialising in presenting and platforming artists and art practices that are informed by East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) heritages.

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Exhibitions
Jane Jin Kaisen: Halmang
Current
Upcoming
Past
Exhibition
Jane Jin Kaisen: Halmang
from
20
January
2024
until
21
April
2024
esea contemporary presents Jane Jin Kaisen's first UK solo show ‘Halmang’, featuring polyphonic moving-image works, archive and reference materials. By weaving together oceanic cosmology and gendered histories, the exhibition is an in-depth inquiry into narratives of subjective and collective loss, resilience, and the formation of alternative communities.

Featured

Events
Off-Site Screening: 'A Jury Trial' by Liu Weiwei
Event
Off-Site Screening: 'A Jury Trial' by Liu Weiwei
from
until
7
March
2024
18:10 - 19:50
Join us for the UK premiere of Liu Weiwei's 'A Jury Trial' (2023) at HOME, Manchester
Open Book I: Extended Readings by Jane Jin Kaisen
Event
Jane Jin Kaisen: Halmang
Open Book I: Extended Readings by Jane Jin Kaisen
from
until
24
February
2024
14:30 - 15:30
Join us to read and discuss the relevant publications by Jane Jin Kaisen presented as part of her current solo exhibition 'Halmang'
Choreography of Care: Movement Workshop with Yon Natalie Mik
Event
Choreography of Care: Movement Workshop with Yon Natalie Mik
from
until
13
April
2024
14:30 - 16:00
Join Yon Natalie Mik for a choreography workshop with reference to Korean shamanism, experiencing collective movement and sculptural paper notations.
Family-Friendly Event: Shadow Play Workshop
Event
Family-Friendly Event: Shadow Play Workshop
from
until
3
March
2024
11:00 - 12:30
Come and make a shadow puppet to celebrate the year of the Wood Dragon!
Colouring Workshop: Oceanic Encounters
Event
Jane Jin Kaisen: Halmang
Colouring Workshop: Oceanic Encounters
from
until
17
February
2024
14:30 - 16:00
Join us for a free colouring workshop exploring Jeju Island's seascapes and marine life, inspired by the haenyeos featured in our current exhibition 'Jane Jin Kaisen: Halmang'
Saturday Guided Tour: 'Jane Jin Kaisen: Halmang'
Event
Jane Jin Kaisen: Halmang
Saturday Guided Tour: 'Jane Jin Kaisen: Halmang'
from
20
January
2024
until
20
April
2024
14:00 - 15:00
On every Saturday, join us in the gallery for a free guided tour of esea contemporary’s exhibition 'Jane Jin Kaisen: Halmang'
A Lunar New Year Celebration
Event
A Lunar New Year Celebration
from
until
16
February
2024
19:30 - late
Celebrate the dawn of the Year of the Wood Dragon at an exclusive event for esea contemporary’s supporters, collaborators, and partners from Manchester and beyond
Director's Letter

Dear esea contemporary Community,

It is with great pleasure that we relaunch esea contemporary, previously known as the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), 36 years after its birth as an artist-initiated, community-oriented arts festival in Manchester.

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