Asia Triennial Manchester 2014 (ATM14), the only Asian Art Triennial outside the Asia Pacific region, opens 26 September to 23 November 2014 in Manchester, UK, with a vibrant and exciting showcase of the foremost contemporary visual art from across the globe.
Launch event – tonight 26 September: book via Eventbrite www.atm14-vip-launch.eventbrite.co.uk
Full programme details: See the ATM14 website www.asiatriennialmanchester.com
A major initiative of MIRIAD, Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, Asia Triennial Manchester 2014 is an international festival of visual culture that features a series of powerful exhibitions, commissions, and creative interventions by international and UK artists. Developed in partnership with, and sited at, IWM North and multiple venues across the City, the Triennial explores the theme of Conflict & Compassion. It will present new site-specific work alongside existing pieces not seen before in the UK, and will challenge stereotypical viewpoints of contemporary Asian artistic practice.. ATM14 also includes ‘Harmonious Society’, the most significant exhibition of Chinese contemporary art in the UK to date presented by Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) and featuring over 30 major artists from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong exhibited across six key partner spaces in Manchester. The ATM14 exhibitions will be enhanced by a series of events and talks, a learning and participation programme, a symposium, and a distinctive Asian business event
Theme for 2014
Asia Triennial Manchester 2014: Conflict and Compassion investigates whether the role of the 21st century artist or curator may be, in part, to provide a voice for the unheard, a message to the dominant, or even to demonstrate some kind of sympathetic vision of values through the visual. In all these respects, art is itself at once conflicted and compassionate. Focusing on artists who live in, work in or address issues surrounding Asia, the next Triennial considers how we might begin to think about art of or in Asia within a framework of conflict, in the widest possible context.
For ATM14, MIRIAD is working with IWM North to present an exhibition with celebrated, internationally-renowned and UK based artists who have been commissioned to respond to the theme and IWM North’s unique architecture and archives to create new work or show work not seen here before. This will be the first time that IWM North has been part of the ATM and our programme in Manchester will also link with other IWM Museums nationally.
The commissioned/featured artists are: Alinah Azadeh, Zarina Bhimji, Shezad Dawood, Sophie Ernst, Shamsia Hassani, Bashir Makhoul, Nalini Malani, Aman Mojadidi, and Imran Qureshi. Further artists are also contributing via the ATM Collaborations Learning and Engagement Programme.
Partners and venues
In addition to IWM North, a programme of exhibitions, films, events, talks, workshops pop-ups and drop-ins has been developed by and with our partner organisations.
‘Harmonious Society’ will be presented at CFCCA and also at ArtWork, The John Rylands Library, Manchester Cathedral, Museum of Science and Industry, National Football Museum and artists include: CHANG Huei-Ming, CHEN Chieh-Jen, CHEN Wenbo, CHENG Ching-Yuan, HE An, JIN Feng, KAN Xuan, KAO Jun-Honn, LEUNG Chi Wo, LEE Kit, LI Wei, LIU Jianhua, LIU Xiaodong, Luxury LOGICO, PAK Sheung-Chuen, TOF (JIN Feng and DING Li), WAN Lai-Kuen, WANG Sishun, WANG Yin, WANG Yuyang, XU Qu, YANG Zhenzhong, YAO Jui- Chung, Samson YOUNG, ZHANG Peili, ZHAO Yao, ZHENG Guogu, ZHOU Xiaohu, YAN Bing, YUAN Gong, ZHUANG Hui and DAN’er.
The following artists are being presented at our other partner venues: Bury Art Museum – Hsiao-Chi Tsai & Kimiya Yoshikawa, Castlefield Gallery – Hardeep Phandal; Dark Borders Development at IWMN – Pop up Republics featuring Chen Jieh-Jen, Daksha Patel & Siddarth Ramakrishnan; Manchester Craft and Design Centre – Kashif Nadim Chaudry; Touchstones Rochdale – Rosa Nguyen; and at The Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University – 12 artists MORE HERE?. Cornerhouse is also presenting the official film programme for ATM14 with several UK and European premieres and filmmaker Q&As.
Background to Asia Triennial Manchester
Every three years, Asia Triennial Manchester (ATM) offers the public the opportunity to experience the very best of Asian contemporary visual culture created by artists currently working globally.
Asia Triennial Manchester is established as the only Asian art triennial outside Asia. Its success is demonstrated by the calibre of the artists involved previously including Subodh Gupta (ATM08) and Rashid Rana (ATM11). Now located within MIRIAD at Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, ATM contributes strongly to Manchester’s ambitions to be a ‘Culturally Distinctive’ and ‘Culturally Connected’ city with an international reputation for its arts and culture.
To date, ATM has attracted over 350,000 visitors with more than 7.5 million viewing public realm work. ATM brought together six venues in 2008, increasing to 18 in 2011 including non-traditional arts spaces such as Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and Manchester Cathedral plus collaborations with four universities. It has been supported by more than 41 UK and international organisations, including partnerships with commercial galleries. To date, ATM has delivered 58 new visual art and craft commissions, performances and film, exhibited over 380 days, featuring 52 non-UK and 50 UK artists. It has always attracted established and emerging Asian artists at the forefront of their careers to the UK. The trailblazing Rusholme Project in 2007 created new site-specific public artworks for the first Manchester International Festival.
In 2008 the Festival focused on the artist as ‘protester’ presenting site-specific commissions at six venues. In 2011, the theme was ‘Time & Generation’ featuring the work of 54 artists, collaborating with 18 partners presenting 35 new works, seven film premieres, and four dance performances in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.
ATM’s education and community programmes have already engaged over 1560 participants, more than half from BME communities. In 2011, the Festival generated economic activity in excess of £12m and over £5.9 million in economic impact within Greater Manchester.
For further information please contact:
Alnoor Mitha, ATM Artistic Director, MIRIAD (MMU), firstname.lastname@example.org