Chinese View Arts Association, 1987-2000

Biographical Information


1987 Jun 04 (has beginning date)
2000 Sep 20 (was end date)


In the mid-1980s, Amy Lai, a Manchester based artist and radio producer, wanted to reconnect the local Chinese community with traditional Chinese arts and crafts while raising awareness of Chinese culture in the region. She initially planned to hold an evening of traditional music at the Royal Northern College of Music in 1986, but this quickly developed into a two week festival,  Chinese View '86, held at venues across Manchester. 

Due to the success of the festival, Lai and a group of others associated with the festival saw there was a need for an arts organisation focusing on Chinese culture. The Chinese View Arts Association (CVAA) was incorporated on  4th June 1987. The founding members included Lai, Peter Chui; David Ng Wong; and Jennifer Clegg. The aim of the organisation was “to advance the education of the public in all forms of Chinese culture.” The organisation would achieve this by organising and promoting Chinese cultural events, and providing a bridge between local organisations and Chinese arts and cultural groups.

In 1989, the CVAA was able to secure funding to open a new arts and community centre, The Chinese Arts Centre, at 36 Charlotte Street, in the heart of Manchester's China Town. The Centre aimed to aim to reconnect the younger generation of Chinese people in Manchester with traditional Chinese arts and crafts and well as advance the education of the general public, though exhibitions, workshops and other events. 

The CVAA continued to offer its activities through the Centre. It remained the operating company of the Centre until 4th June 2000, when the company name was officially changed to The Chinese Arts Centre Ltd. 


charitable organisation


charitable organisation

Related Information

Related Record Sets

GB3451/OC/A : Records of the Chinese View Arts Association, (1986-1997) ()
GB3451/OC/A/1 : Folder 'Chinese Arts 1991' (is related to)
GB3451/OC/A/8/2 : Press cuttings 1986-1991 ()
GB3451/OC/A/3 : Folder 'Gulbenkian Foundation Application' ()
GB3451/OC/1/1 : Memorandum and Articles of Association (is related to)
GB3451/OC/1/2 : Annual Trustees Accounts and Reports (is related to)
GB3451/OC/1 : Governance Records ()

Related Events

Talk: 'Chain', He Chengyao, 2007 May 31 (is lent from)
Bi-lingualisation Talks and Visits in Manchester, 1987 Dec 8 (is lent from)
Chinese View '88, Feb 1988 (is or was organiser of)
Chinese Ink Painting, 1990 Apr 14 - 1990 Jun 3 (is lent from)
Spring Festival, 1990 Jan 17 - 1990 Apr 8 (is lent from)
Kites of the Far East, 1990 Jun 9 - 1990 Oct 14 (is lent from)
The New Four, 1990 Oct 27 - 1991 Jan 13 (is lent from)
Looking Back, 1990 Oct 27- 1990 Dec 02 (is lent from)
Film Posters of Hong Kong, 1991 Jan 26 - 1991 Apr 14 (is lent from)
The Creative Chinese Paintings of Jing Xiang Yuan, 1991 Apr 23 - 1991 Jul 14 (is lent from)
From Red to Red, Moses Lee, [New Art North West '91], 1991 Jul 20 - 1991 Sep 29 (is lent from)
Meditative Art, 1991 Dec 7 -1992 Jan 21 (is lent from)
Papercuts from China 1940-1990, 1992 Jan 29 - 1992 Mar 29 (is lent from)
Contemporary Batik Art, Feng Ge, 1992 Feb 24 - 1992 Apr 19 (is lent from)

Related People and Organisations

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (1989-) ()
Lai, Amy (is lent from)
Chui, Peter, d.2012 (is lent from)
Wong, David Ng (is lent from)
Clegg, Jenny, academic (is related to)

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