Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA)

Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) aims to foster new understanding and perspectives of Chinese contemporary arts, design, media and culture through interdisciplinary creative practices and academic research.  

Initiated in 2007 through an international network with the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (CAFA) and the China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou (CAA), CCVA is hosted by the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University, UK.

With extensive regional to international partnerships, CCVA brings together artists, designers, curators and researchers who are working with, or are interested in, contemporary contexts of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan to share expertise, understand, critique, innovate and create.

Using its unique position in the UK, CCVA continues its transcultural dialogue by questioning existing histories of Chinese contemporary arts, design media and culture, while fostering new ways of thinking and modes of knowledge in relation to today’s global-Chinese situation.

CCVA also offers academic support and joint supervision within the CCVA institutional network partnerships for postgraduate and research degree studies. It draws particularly on its legacy of PhD research programmes, as well as the new MA Contemporary Arts China (recruiting Sept 2016), in collaboration with a number of internationally renowned art galleries and museums, research institutes, publishing houses and artist studios.

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CCVA's main research expertise are as follows:

  • Contemporary Chinese art and visual culture
  • Transcultural curatorial practice
  • Early and contemporary photography in China
  • Contemporary moving images and cinema in China
  • Arts of the Chinese Cultural Revolution