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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
23
June
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.

What's On

Events
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From (Counter-)Archives to Activation
Project
From (Counter-)Archives to Activation
from
4
May
2024
until
31
August
2024
2024-05-04
Through our collaboration with artists, curators, thinkers, scholars, and communities, we seek to foreground pluralistic narratives and empower individuals to shape their own histories.
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.
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.
Finissage Screening: Jane Jin Kaisen
Event
Jane Jin Kaisen: Halmang
Finissage Screening: Jane Jin Kaisen
from
until
23
June
2024
15:00 - 17:00
2024-06-23
Join us in the Gallery for a special screening on the final day of the exhibition ‘Jane Jin Kaisen: Halmang.' Featuring three earlier film works that collectively delve into the complex, transgenerational issue of gender and militarism, at the nexus of colonisation, nationalism, patriarchy, and imperialism.
Saturday Guided Tour: 'Jane Jin Kaisen: Halmang'
Event
Jane Jin Kaisen: Halmang
Saturday Guided Tour: 'Jane Jin Kaisen: Halmang'
from
20
January
2024
until
22
June
2024
14:00 - 15:00
2024-06-22
On every Saturday, join us in the gallery for a free guided tour of esea contemporary’s exhibition 'Jane Jin Kaisen: Halmang'
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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