Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Reading Group

From October to December, Danelle Ortiz, Y Vy Truong, and Simon Grefiel are hosting a weekly reading group at Centre A, Tuesdays 7-9pm. We will be reading a variety of texts that include fiction, poetry, and critical theory. Broad issues and areas of study will include Asian diaspora, decolonization, cultural criticism, and art criticism.
For the month of October, we will be examining the relationship between history and academic/artistic practice.
Week 1 (October 3) — We will be discussing Vinh Nguyen’s essay, “M?-search, Hauntings, and Critical Distance”, explores his relationship to the archive and the materiality of history as an academic and researcher. Where is the I in research? How can we link personal and collective histories with pedagogy? :
Week 2 (October 10) — We will be hosting a film session. Rithy Panh’s film, The Missing Picture (2013), asks: how can one investigate missing histories? Why is history so connected to images and how can history be reconstructed from sutured archival material? Are memories enough? Can archives and memories themselves experience violence?
Visit our Facebook group for more information about the upcoming readings and meet ups:

Curator’s Talk with Ying Tan | SFU Harbour Centre

Saturday, Sept. 9th, 2 pm
Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings St.
2270 Sauder Industries Policy Room

Join us for a talk with Ying Tan, curator at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), as she shares in detail about her curatorial practice, the history of the CFCCA in the diverse art ecology of Manchester, and its place in a global contemporary art context.

Please remember to register online for this free talk.
Light refreshments will be served.

YING TAN is a UK-based Canadian curator with a concern for negotiating sites of cultural specificity in her practice. She is currently the curator at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA). She has curated numerous exhibitions at the CFCCA, in addition to many other off-site projects in London and internationally. This includes the co-commission of Haze & Fog with Cao Fei (2013), as well as UK premieres of What Happened in the Year of the Dragon (2014) with Sun Xun and Xu Bing’s Book from the Ground (2003-present). She is a visiting lecturer for Christie’s Education (UK) and a contributor to KALEIDOSCOPE Asia Magazine. She was also on the curatorial faculty for Liverpool Biennial 2016.

CENTRE FOR CHINESE CONTEMPORARY ART (CFCCA) is the UK’s leading organization for the promotion of Chinese contemporary art, producing an internationally renowned artistic programme and developing a reputation as a centre for research. Centrally located in the city of Manchester in the North of England, the centre has a proud 30-year history of UK ‘first’ solo exhibitions, featuring exceptional artists that go on to achieve international acclaim. CFCCA work with a wide array of partners to provide audiences with a lively and innovative programme of exhibitions, residencies, engagement projects, festivals, and events. As the only non-profit organization in Europe to specialize in Chinese contemporary art and visual culture, CFCCA are uniquely placed to explore a global century where Chinese art is moving firmly centre-stage.

This event is sponsored by the SFU David See-chai Lam Centre for International Communications and the SFU Institute for the Humanities.


STATIONERY @ Chinatown Night Market
Aug 25-27, Sept 1-3
Join CENTRE A for our final two weekends at the Chinatown Night Market, where we have been hosting various events and projects by artists and curators every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 6-10pm, from May 26 to September 3.
STATIONERY pays homage to the stationery booths of night markets past, packed to the brim with notebooks, gel pens, and lucky star paper. Bringing together Vancouver-based artists, designers, and hand selected items from international brands with prices ranging from $2–$70, STATIONERY aims to fulfill your paper and desktop accessory needs.
Featuring work from:
Amelia Butcher
Banquet Workshop
Cathleen Chow
The Five15
Fox & Flourish
The Future is You and Me
Juli Majer
April Milne
Quirky Paper Co.
And more, including:
Stock is very limited. 100% of sales go to the artists and designers.
STATIONERY is organized by Natalie Tan.

未來宗親會/The Futures Society of Chinatown @ Chinatown Night Market

未來宗親會/The Futures Society of Chinatown @ Chinatown Night Market
Discordant Projects
August 11-13, 18–20
Drawing inspiration from the fraternal and kinship organizations that have emerged in Chinatown over the last century, 未來宗親會/The Futures Society of Chinatown aims to explore and further understand the external and internal pressures calling for change in Chinatown, while seeking to foster connections among the social and cultural divides within its rapidly shifting contexts. Imagined as an ongoing collaborative experience, 未來宗親會/The Futures Society invites members of the community to actively engage in challenging current conventions of place-making, while interrogating new, possible futures of Chinatown on an extended time scale.
Join us August 11 to 13th and 18 to 20th for the Society’s launch, membership drive, and nostalgia-cleansing tea sale.
Discordant Projects is Nova Olson, Pete Fung and Sam Shamsher, designers/artists who have been collaborating informally on projects since 2015. Their shared beliefs, and process characterized by an interdisciplinary nature, informal research methods, and playful complexity, have led them to form Discordant Projects. Their design collective seeks to delve into actively engaging communities in discovering new possibilities in an effort to push the limits of lived experience.
Join CENTRE A at the Chinatown Night Market, where we will be hosting various events and projects by artists and curators every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6-10 pm, from May 26 – September 3.

ZINE FAIR @ Chinatown Night Market

ZINE FAIR @ Chinatown Night Market
July 14-16, 21-23

Join CENTRE A at the Chinatown Night Market, where we will be hosting various events and projects by artists and curators every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6-10pm, from May 26-September 3.

The ZINE FAIR at the Chinatown Nightmarket will be featuring zines, publications, and other paper-goods by local Vancouver artists. Featured artists: Kiel Torres, Vanessa Grondin, Jessica Leung, Trisha Bernardo, Grace Chang. Bailey Trotter, Eleanor Hoskins, Avery Yeung, Tracy Ma, Moses Caliboso, Y Vy Truong, a collaboration piece by Kaymi Yoon-Maxwell, Yulanda Lui, Ghada Dbouba, A Quinn, and artist collective YARD SALE. Organized by Y Vy Truong, with banner by Rebecca Peng.

Come read with us!

How To Win Friends & Influence People: RJ x Centre A Talks

Mural, Julie Mehretu, commission for Goldman Sachs


Tuesday July 11, 2017 at 7pm

This event takes place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples.


Does the tendency of our era to privatize public goods and make an upward redistribution of wealth have you feeling down? Do you feel your debt follow you in your shadow? Are you made restless by feelings of digital abstraction, the ubiquity of camera and screen in daily life a real monkey on your back? Ever try to relax and just watch the clouds pass by and in the clouds you register the serene face of Mark Zuckerberg smiling down on you? (Hello again, Mark). Are you over your data limit? Have you maxed out your credit card? And once again you’re late for yoga.

It doesn’t have to be this way.


We are delighted to invite you to a rare and transformational evening with RJ Basinillo.

Join us for the unique opportunity to sit with RJ as he discusses spiritual awakening and the transformation of consciousness. With his hallmark warmth, humour, and compassion, this evening will connect you with the peace and serenity that arises from living in the moment.


This is a one-night-only event and seating is limited. We welcome you to join us remotely via Facebook live if you are unable to attend irl.

This talk accompanies our current exhibition, Bad Flavour, Wonderful Taste




RJ Basinillo is a writer who hasn’t published anything in years. Born at Vancouver’s Grace Hospital in 1988 towards the end of a long hot summer, he has lived here ever since. RJ used to play basketball with acclaimed Vancouver artist Jeff Wall. His most recent work involves cursing out heads of state and captains of industry on social media. Some of his influences include: the short fiction of Donald Barthelme, Leonard Michaels, and Deborah Eisenberg; the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop; the music of Ornette Coleman; the paintings of Kerry James Marshall; the sculpture of Brian Jungen; and the YouTube channels of Ballislife, Ballervisions, Hometownhoops, and Hoopmixtape. RJ is currently working a construction gig with a boutique framing company on houses very few Vancouverites could ever afford.

A Chinatown Block Party @ Chinatown Night Market

A Chinatown Block Party @ Chinatown Night Market
Yule Ken Lum
July 7-8

Join Centre A at the Chinatown Night Market, where we will be hosting various events and projects by artists and curators every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6-10pm, from May 26-September 3.

Centre A and The Little Shop of Happenstance presents “A Chinatown Block Party” with artist Yule Ken Lum. Chinatown BLOCK Party is a community art project that uses wood blocks provided by the artist and decorated by participants. Together, the individual blocks make up a mosaic of images/words.

Yule Ken Lum was born and raised in East Vancouver. He is a graphic designer turned Community Art Activist. He is self taught, with a special interest in painting, sculpting and street art. On a journey towards Art Advocacy, he works to fuse art and its creative processes with community development initiatives, believing that this combination can foster a sense of connection that crosses boundaries of age and culture.