NOW:A Dialogue on Female Chinese Contemporary Artists

NOW: A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists

This collaborative programme led by Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) brings together five distinct art organisations across the UK, to show a diverse range of art works and new commissions from some of the most exciting female artists working in mainland China.

NOW explores how the diversity of current female artistic practice transcends notions of gender difference to offer hybrid perspectives on their socio-political environment.

From giant installations and elusive sculptural pieces challenging and exploring everyday objects to powerful and other-worldly visual narratives, the huge variety of artworks found throughout the NOW programme, reflects the many viewpoints of artists in the wake of feminist movements of the past.

The aim of this collaborative programme is to re-open a dialogue on the way female artists are positioning themselves in China now. It also reveals how the rapid transformations of contemporary China have provided new transcultural opportunities and possibilities for female artists.

NOW will take place across the UK at: Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (Manchester); Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; Nottingham Contemporary and Turner Contemporary (Margate). There will also be an artist film series at HOME (Manchester) and a symposium hosted by Tate Research Centre: Asia (London).

This unique programme includes several new commissions and work that has never been seen in the UK before, from the following artists:

Na Buqi (b. 1984), Wu Chao (b. 1977), Ye Funa (b. 1986), Yang Guangnan (b. 1980), Ma Qiusha (b. 1982), Li Shurui (b. 1981), Luo Wei (b. 1989), Hu Xiaoyuan (b. 1977) Shen Xin (b. 1990) Yin Xiuzhen (b. 1963) Duan Jianyu (b. 1970) and Geng Xue (b. 1983).

The screenings at HOME include the following artists:

Hao Jingban (b. 1985), Shiyuan Liu (b. 1985), Wang NewOne (b. online 2014), Yao Qingmei (b. 1982), Ma Qiusha (b. 1982), Liu Yi (b. 1981), Chi Jang Yin (b. 1973), Miao Ying (b. 1985), Liang Yue (b. 1979), Peng Yun (b. 1982), Guan Xiao (b. 1983), Hu Xiaoyuan (b.1977), Wang Xin (1983) and Geng Xue (b. 1983).

NOW is co-organised by Plus Tate, the China Central Academy of Fine Arts and the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in collaboration with HOME, Manchester; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; Nottingham Contemporary and Turner Contemporary, Margate. The programme is sponsored by the China National Arts Fund and supported by British Council, China.