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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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Projects
From (Counter-)Archives to Activation
Current
Project
From (Counter-)Archives to Activation
from
4
May
2024
until
31
August
2024
Through our collaboration with artists, curators, thinkers, scholars, and communities, we seek to foreground pluralistic narratives and empower individuals to shape their own histories.
Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF)
Residency
Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF)
from
12
July
2024
until
26
July
2024
2024-07-12
Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF) will be in residency in summer 2024, with support from the British Council
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Moving Forwards, Sideways
Project
Moving Forwards, Sideways
from
29
May
2023
until
31
October
2024
2023-05-29
An engagement project designed to support Hong Kong BN(O) communities in Manchester throughout the summer of 2023
Clayground: 'Hear, Touch, Taste’ Workshop Series
Event
Clayground: 'Hear, Touch, Taste’ Workshop Series
from
19
July
2024
until
25
July
2024
14:00 - 16:00
2024-07-25
Led by Elgea Balzarie, an artist from Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF), this workshop series will explore the role of clay, deeply rooted in JaF's research in the Jatiwangi region, as a medium that fosters community engagement and empowers the conservation of local lands.
'Your words flow like water' by Jasmine Gardner
Event
'Your words flow like water' by Jasmine Gardner
from
2
July
2024
until
31
August
2024
10:00–17:00 daily, Tuesday–Saturday
2024-08-31
Exploring notions of belonging and the fluidity of cultural identity materialise in the form of a site-specific installation.
Sensory Archive Corner
Event
Sensory Archive Corner
from
2
July
2024
until
31
August
2024
10:00–17:00 daily, Tuesday–Saturday
2024-08-31
esea contemporary has commissioned Manchester-based artist and designer Sarah Marsh to create the site-specific installation 'Sensory Archive Corner' in our Communal Project Space.
An Inverted Journey of Counter Archiving
Event
An Inverted Journey of Counter Archiving
from
2
July
2024
until
27
July
2024
10:00–17:00 daily, Tuesday–Saturday
2024-07-27
This dynamic programme offers a critical examination – through an artistic lens and research – which seeks to destabilise entrenched power dynamics and foster a thought-provoking understanding and representation of memory and history.
Clare Chun-yu Liu: Artist Talk and Reading Workshop
Event
Clare Chun-yu Liu: Artist Talk and Reading Workshop
from
until
20
July
2024
14:00 - 16:00
2024-07-20
Join us for an Artist Talk followed by a Reading Workshop, where UK-based Taiwanese artist Clare Chun-yu Liu will explore ideas of diasporic cultural identity, (self-)representation, and the relationship between self and other.
Lecture-Performance: ‘Transliterative Tease’ by Slavs and Tatars
Event
Lecture-Performance: ‘Transliterative Tease’ by Slavs and Tatars
from
until
27
June
2024
18:00 - 19:30
2024-06-27
Join this lecture-performance by internationally renowned art collective, Slavs and Tatars, which explores the sounds rolling off our tongues as a strategy of resistance and interdisciplinary research.
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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