Asia Triennial Manchester shows innovative work that represents contemporary visual art from Asia: a festival of visual culture that not only celebrates Manchester’s diverse communities but also explores cultural, artistic and political debates of the 21st century.
The international programme features venue-based exhibitions, site-specific new commissions, residencies and publicly sited work by artists from Mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.
The inaugural Asia Triennial Manchester (ATM08) programme echoed Manchester’s radical political and social history, reflecting new artistic practice, and seeking resonances between the city and Asia by exploring the notion of ‘protest’ – in its widest sense.
Asia Triennial Manchester is initiated and led by Shisha. Established in 2001 and based in Manchester, Shisha acts as a cultural organisation, supporting artists’ development, building audiences and strengthening the infrastructure for disseminating the work of South Asian contemporary artists.
Shisha organises exhibitions, residencies, and education and audience development projects; produces publications; delivers CPD for artists and curators; and provides networking and consultancy services.