The Chinese View Arts Association (CVAA) was created to revitalise and develop awareness in the Chinese community of traditional Chinese crafts and arts as well as develop an awareness and understanding of the Chinese way of life in the general population. Led by artist, Amy Lai, the CVAA organised two Chinese arts festivals in Manchester, Chinese View '86 and Chinese View '88, the first of their kind in the UK.
Following the success of the festivals, the CVAA, with funding from the Gulbankian Foundation, opened a Chinese Art Centre in October 1989. The new Centre was located on Charlotte Street in Manchester’s China Town, and was to acts as a Chinese arts venue as well as a community centre. The Centre held exhibitions of Chinese art and offered educational workshops to schools and adults covering traditional Chinese arts and crafts.
The first few years of the Centre were affected by repercussions from the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. The Centre was relaunched in 1993, and its focus was shifted to promoting the work of artists of Chinese decent and encouraging the wider appreciation of Chinese contemporary culture and art. As well as holding exhibitions and offering educational workshops, the Centre began to encourage the career development of British Chinese artists and organised various touring exhibitions. By the mid-1990s the CVAA instigated a complete reorganisation of the Centre and the Centre moved towards becoming a contemporary Chinese art centre. The Charlotte Street premises were no longer suitable and the Centre moved to new premises on Edge Street in 1997.
The CVAA continued as the operating company of the Centre until September 2000, when it officially changed its name to the Chinese Art Centre.
The records in this series were large found loose in the CFCCA library at the beginning of the archive project or removed from the time line series. Duplicate records were removed at this time.