News and Events - Chinese Arts Centre

Photography Workshop with Amy Cham - Tuesday 29 May 2007, 2pm-4pm
Exhibiting Chain artist Amy Cham invites participants to bring along their favorite portrait, either of themself or of loved ones, and be transported to the far-off exotic locations of their dreams in a fun, photography-based workshop incorporating themes of travel and individual aspiration. This FREE workshop aims to celebrate women, motherhood and the family by exploring the subjects and encouraging creativity. This event is suitable for all ages.

Chain: Curator Ying Kwok discusses the work of He Chengyao - Tuesday 31 May 2007, 6pm-7.30pm
Artist He Chengyao is the subject of this event. Hosted by Curator Ying Kwok this discussion takes an in-depth look at the work He Chengyao is currently exhibiting in Chain. as well as highlighting the extensive career of one of Mainland China's most established and prolific female contemporary visual artists.

Due to unforseen circumstances He Chengyao will unfortunately be unable to attend this event. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. This FREE event is open to all visitors but will be of particular interest to arts students, practitioners and anyone interested in the arts.

Vital 07: The essence of performance
20 & 21 November 2007, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester UK
Submissions are invited from artists of Chinese descent working in Live Art. Vital 07 will focus on the very essence of performance, stripping away the props and sets to leave the intimate relationship between the artist and the audience. Deadline for submissions: 17 August 2007.
For more information and to submit a proposal, please contact Sarah Champion at alternatively you can visit our website at

Vital Bodies: International conference - Call for papers
22nd and 23rd November 2007, Liverpool John Moores University.
Vital Bodies is a two-day international conference, organised in conjunction with the Vital 07 Festival. VITAL 07 continues the major programme of Live Art events by Chinese Arts Centre. Vital Bodies will consider both historical and aesthetic representations of 'the body' in visual art practices by artists of Chinese descent, bringing into dialogue a broad range of participants including artists, theorists, curators, policy-makers and arts educators. Proposals for 30 minute papers are invited & should include a one-page abstract and a CV. Deadline for abstracts: 1 June 2007
For more information please contact Cathy Butterworth at Liverpool John Moores University:

Jason Ho: Residency,workshops & film screenings.
24 May – 6 June 2007

Open Studio and Exhibition:
Tues 5 June 5pm-8pm

Public Workshops:
26 May-3 June, 10am-5pm

Artist Talks and Film Programme:
Stage Pictures
Tues 29 May, 6pm-7.30pm
Stage Movement
Thurs 31 May, 6pm-7.30pm

Jason Ho is influenced by the work of late nineteenth century stage directors such as Dion Boucicault or David Belasco. Visitors to Chinese Arts Centre are invited to book 20minute sessions with Jason. In this time participants will produce up to 1 minute of movement from the scripts, which will then be filmed.

Participants will be given a copy of the footage and at the end of the project all the films will be combined in a loop to be screened within the centre. Jason will also host further film screenings of related work & work by artists who have influenced him.

Running concurrently with the workshops there will be two film programmes Stage Pictures & Stage Movement consisting of edited clips taken from theatre performances (see below for times). The footage highlights the work of stage directors who have influenced Jason's own work.

Jason ho studied BA Hons in Fine Art at Goldsmiths and MA in Film History at Birkbeck under Laura Mulvey. He also trained at the film units of the Laban Centre of Contemporary Dance in Greenwich and the National Theatre.

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