Documents looking at exhibitions held by the Centre at their Edge Street premises between 1997-2003.
In March 1997 the Centre's new premises on Edge Street opened with 'Scenery in Zero', an display of large abstract paintings by artist Adam Wei focusing on the topic of ‘circle and spin’. Our second exhibition at the venue in April 1997 ‘Food for Thought’ featured an installation by local artist Julie Fu which looked at relationship between Chinese takeaway and the community it serves. Our third exhibition ‘Face of China’ featured the work of two photographer, Lip Lee and Dinu Li, contrasting the present and past of China.
In the autumn of 1997 the Centre exhibited two exhibitions looking at work related to workshops at the Centre including an exhibition of calligraphy by children taught by workshop facilitator, Mary Tang, and an exhibition which looked at the historical relationship between China and the UK to mark the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong. November 1997 saw the Centre’s first exhibition by susan pui san lok, 'Retrospectre / UN- (Part 6)' which looked at the conversations occurring between the fragments of our past and present. Susan has had a long connection to the Centre and also exhibited in in 2005 and 2006.
In early 1998, the Centre held a joint exhibition with the Hove Museum and Gallery to display the work of Brighton-based artist Nora Fok, who created wearable art based on natural structures. The exhibition also included workshops with the Manchester Arts and Craft Centre. This was follow by an exhibition of performance/photography work by An Hong in 'The Desires of the Golden Lotus'. The artist combined elements of Beijing Opera, Chinese superstition and Indian/Tibet traditional legend to create a defending spirit of the people to develop several personas to express his concerns for viewers’ spiritual and physical wellbeing. The artist also held several workshops include an opera make-up workshop for children. The summer on 1998, saw the second exhibition of work by artist Lip Lee. 'Going Back to China: the funeral' examined the impact of his uncle's funeral ceremony on his family and community. The exhibition was associated with the 'Roll with it' educational project which encouraged the children and young people to use an entire roll of film to reconstruct memories from their everyday lives.
In the autumn of 1998, the Centre was due to exhibit Tone Balone’s 'Alien Invasion: Fu Manchu vs White Devil' as part of the Revolution '98 festival, which features an interactive video game, the exhibition tackle the complex issue of identity in multi-racial Britain. However, the Centre suffered an arson attack and the exhibition was transferred to the ARC Gallery shop. The Edge Street premises needed to be completed refurbished and did not open again until February 1999. The Centre reopened to mark Chinese New Year with the ‘Sauce’ exhibition featuring work by Anthony Key. The exhibition brought together a selection of sculptural works which examined what it meant to be both British and Chinese.
The refurbished exhibition space gave the Centre more flexibility to hold a wide range of contemporary art exhibitions: 'Still.life' in April 1998 by Yen Peng Tang which explored the chaotic world of consumerism, through a series of paintings; 'The Word Made Modern, Contemporary Calligraphy from China' by Chen Guanwu, which presented a contemporary take on traditional Chinese calligraphy; 'The Rare Art of Structuremancy' by Sau Bin Yap whose installation examined the Centre’s process of healing after the arson attack; and 'Digital Disquiet' which looked at the computer animation and digital arts of artist Kit Meng Wong.