The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), is self explanatory with a title like that, but the art centre is so much more than a building, and its had a cheeky refurbishment too. Large floor to (high) ceiling windows now look out on to the Northern Quarter, and invite the curious eye.
Established in 1986 Chinese Arts Centre is the leading organisation for the promotion of contemporary Chinese art in the UK. The centre is the only one of it's kind in England, whereby they support and encourage what they call a 'dialogue' with the ever-changing world.
My particularly curious gaze found the centre on a drizzly day in the city, and I couldn't help but feel the pull of creative stuffs, not to mention the bright front which looked like a better shelter than the grey, outside, NQ pavement.
Inside, I was guided by the receptionist; he told me there was a film currently on show, and which would be 'on loop', until the end of the day. Interestingly, the art centre was showing Ceo Mia's Haze and Fog film, which is also being showcased in Birmingham.
Customers are welcome to sneak into the film, even if its halfway through, but if you'd rather not, there are plenty of arty goods, and artist-commissioned works to see on the first floor.
The lower ground is laid out in a similar fashion to the floor above, but it is called the 'Jasmine Gallery'. The connotations of the flower suggested the lower ground floor would lean towards more feminine art, or at least pieces of art by female artists, but I was wrong.
The lower ground floor consists of a number of artists works displayed in glass cases, hung from the ceiling, and encased in cabinets.
On the first floor you'll find the shop which sells comic, tongue-in-cheek pieces, as well as well made hand crafted accessories, like a leather purse, and jewellery.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that Manchester is home to the CFCCA; with the artistic population on the rise, and creatives building even more of a home here, the Northern Quarter is the most likely spot you'll find such a place.
Entry is free, so you can watch a film on loop if you like, or have a look at the hanging art work. I visited whilst munching on some popcorn, and the centre boasts an informal atmosphere, just make sure you don't get crumbs anywhere near the artwork because the artists like their works to be 'just so', as the receptionist confided in me earlier.