Xiaowen Zhu is the director of Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) , a non-profit art institution in the UK specialising in presenting and supporting contemporary art practices with a focus on those of East Asian and Southeast Asian (EASA) heritage. Situated in an award-winning building in the heart of Manchester, CFCCA has delivered diverse and vibrant public programmes, including exhibitions, events, residencies, research, and other forms of community engagement and partnership projects for over 36 years. CFCCA strives to foster cross-cultural exchanges between Manchester, the UK and the world through forward-thinking visual arts programmes that increase the visibility of underrepresented artistic practices from the diasporic EASA community and enrich the lives and cultures of local and global audiences. 

Zhu has worked internationally in Shanghai, New York, Los Angeles, London and Berlin as a director, author and lecturer. She was most recently assistant director at Times Art Center Berlin, the first parallel institution to have been set up overseas by an Asian art museum, namely, the Guangdong Times Museum. Zhu has organised and conceived numerous contemporary art exhibitions, working closely with both established and emerging artists from all over the world.

Zhu is the author of Oriental Silk (Hatje Cantz, 2020). Her essays, prose, interviews, and reviews of her book have appeared in Art Review, e-flux, Kaleidoscope, Asian Review of Books, Crown Magazine, Arts of the Working Class, It’s Nice That, and elsewhere. Zhu has given lectures and talks at Heidelberg University, Lund University, University of Westminster, Rhode Island School of Design, New York University, Syracuse University, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, among others. She is listed by Apollo magazine as a 40 Under 40 Asia Pacific Thinker.

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Xiaowen Zhu appointed Director
The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) has announced the appointment of Xiaowen Zhu as its new Director

Interweaving 交织

A hybrid of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, archive,
and script that explores what silk meant to Asian migrants

Oriental Silk 乡绸
An English-Chinese bilingual book exploring the complex relationship
between people and object in migrants' worlds (also a documentary film)

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