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NOW: A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists

In February 2018 CFCCA launched NOW: A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists, a collaborative programme of exhibitions, film screenings and symposia across the UK developed in collaboration with Plus Tate, Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Beijing and the British Council China. Featuring 12 exhibiting artists across 4 venues and a further 14 artists across a curated film programme shown in 6 venues, this ambitious project is one of the largest showcases of work by emerging Chinese women artists in the UK to date.

It was in 2015 that CFCCA became a member of Plus Tate and through this network was invited to contribute to Museum Dialogues, a conference in Beijing, China delivered by Plus Tate, British Council China and CAFA. We joined a select few organisations from the Plus Tate network alongside partner cultural organisations from across China in a series of open and closed dialogues and debates. This was a unique opportunity to discuss ideas, share challenges and opportunities alongside fostering new networks and partnerships between leading cultural organisations from the UK and China. I now have 4 years’ experience of working with and in China but for many UK organisations this was the first time they had been to China and had any contact with the cultural organisations there. It was both a rewarding and exhausting week with an intensive schedule and extensive intellectual debate.

Following this intensive week of discussions, there was energy and enthusiasm to work on a collaborative project going forwards, a notion fully supported and encouraged by Nick Marchand and the British Council team in Beijing. CFCCA took the lead in discussions and several months later we began an application to the China National Arts Fund, a mainland China government fund devised to support projects that showcase the very best in Chinese arts and culture to a global audience.