Centre for Chinese Visual Arts - Staff
Dr. Jiang Jiehong
Founder and director of Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA)
Dr.Jiang Jiehong is Professor of Chinese Art Birmingham City University. He has got extensive research and curatorial experience in contemporary Chinese art and visual culture. His recent curatorial projects include the 4th Guangzhou Triennial: the Unseen (2012) and the 3rd Asia Triennial Manchester (CFCCA Project): Harmonious Society (2014). He is also editor of Burden or Legacy: from the Chinese Cultural Revolution to Contemporary Art (HK University Press, 2007), and author of Red: China’s Cultural Revolution (Jonathan Cape, 2010), Decade Long Exposure (Shanghai, 2010) and An Era without Memory: Chinese Contemporary Photography on Urban Transformation (Thames and Hudson, 2015).
Dr Heather Connelly
Post-doctoral Researcher at the CCVA
Dr Heather Connelly is currently assisting the expansion of the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts and the development of the new Contemporary Arts China MA at Birmingham City University (BCU). She is also a practicing artist and has exhibited and presented her research in the UK, USA and Europe. Professionally, she has initiated, managed, coordinated, facilitated and delivered public arts projects, devised a region-wide public art strategy for a regeneration agency, and co-founded New Research Trajectories, an AHRC funded PG network and InDialogue a biannual international symposia and platform for artists and researchers to interrogate dialogic practices. Heather’s own research concerns art-and-translation as a conflated, transdisciplinary practice. She is particularly interested in practice-based research, specifically how art practice can create new ways of thinking about and engaging with linguistic translation and encourages a critical approach to intercultural communication. More generally, how art practice has the potential to create new forms of knowledge and alternative forms of dissemination, which contribute to and reach beyond scholarly debates within their own field.
Coordinator (Research Assistant) at the CCVA
Rachel Marsden is a transcultural curator, art consultant, PhD researcher, arts educator and arts writer specializing in Chinese contemporary arts and culture, (self-)publishing and interpretive translation based in the UK.
She is founder and curator of ‘The Temporary’, a transcultural exchange platform examining “temporary” and ephemeral experience in art, architecture, design, music, sound, performance and culture between the UK and China.
In the final stages of PhD studies at Birmingham City University in association with the CCVA, she is critically examining the local to global translation, through interpretation, of contemporary Chinese art since 1980, specifically the notion of “transcultural” curators and “transcultural” curatorial practice.
Also, she is Visiting Lecturer on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Fine Art, Asian Art and Contemporary Curatorial Practice across the UK, and is an arts writer to Randian and Art Radar Asia in addition to other in-print and online magazines, academic journals, books and exhibition catalogues worldwide. She was recently Research Curator (2012-2014) for Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) (Manchester, UK).
Dedicated to “connecting the dots that people can’t see”, she develops social and professional transcultural relationships through unique networks of understanding between diverse creatives and cultures, specifically China and the UK.
Peipei Yu is continuously engaged in product design and research work. After the last several years study both in China and UK, she was awarded Bachelor and Master degrees in the field of Industrial Design. Meanwhile, the skills acquired have enabled her to develop from a Product Design graduate to become a versatile practitioner in a range of exciting and diverse contexts and international locations.
Peipei’s PhD research mainly concerns the cultural originality and identity in product design. This is also a critical study about ‘shanzhai’ culture, Chineseness and education system in order to finding out the reasons of lacking originality and cultural identity in contemporary China and aiming to expression of Chinese cultural values in product design under the contemporary international arena.
Lily Mitchell is a PhD student and curator based in the United Kingdom working in collaboration with Birmingham City University and the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester. She has studied fine art at Liverpool John Moores University and curating and history of art at Liverpool Hope University. In the past she has worked for the Worthing Museum and Art Gallery collections, the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool and Liverpool Biennial 2012.
Her current research is in collaboration with Birmingham City University and the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester, investigating the curatorial strategies surrounding contemporary Chinese art in UK art institutions including transcultural artistic practices and audience engagements.