Year founded: 2008
Organiser: Shisha


Asia Triennial Manchester shows innovative work that represents contemporary visual art from Asia.

Asia Triennial Manchester is Europe’s only Triennial dedicated to contemporary visual art on the theme of Asia. It is 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.

With a focus on commissioning young and mid-career artists to explore socially engaged, participatory artistic practice, the Asia Triennial forges new, cross-cultural approaches to engaging audiences. It fosters international and local curatorial collaborations and new partnerships across the arts and communities.

Asia Triennial Manchester is supported by Manchester Metropolitan University and their Asian Cultures Research Group. The founding artistic director is Alnoor Mitha MA FRSA, Senior Research Fellow at MMU. Alnoor has over 20 years experience working in Britain and internationally, as artist, curator, writer, and producer and was previously the artistic director of Shisha, an international agency for contemporary South Asian crafts and visual arts (2002 -2011).