China Cultural Visiting Hub
University of Nottingham


The Art theme combines expertise on East Asian and Western visual culture, contemporary art in China, cultural exchange between East and West, and the critical challenges of collecting and curating and displaying historical and contemporary art.


This theme includes research with an explicit interest in contemporary visual art practice, exhibitions and curation, and criticality within China as well as within diasporic Chinese communities. It also includes research that focuses on historical cultural exchange between East and West, as well as EU and American traditions and how these have been informed by, and have in their turn informed, Asian artistic practice. Key themes include:

  • Theorising of differing cultural perspectives on the significance of contemporary Chinese art
  • Visual Art practice and Visual art practitioners
  • Cultural exchange between East and West
  • The influence of Western art historical categories, such as avant-gardism, on contemporary Asian art and curatorial practices


  • Quad
  • New Art Exchange
  • Nottingham Contemporary
  • One Thoresby
  • Beacon Art Project
  • Nottingham Castle Museum
  • Thoresby Hall

Continuing professional development

The China Cultural Visiting Hub is currently working with the V&A and professionals in the museums and galleries sector in China on capacity building and training.

Researchers have worked closely with regional and national Partners on CPD projects. These include the AHRC-funded ‘Hidden Collections: from Archive to Asset’ and a collaborative project between the student curatorial group, Crop-Up, and Derby QUAD.



Asia Business Centre

Business Engagement and Innovation Services
The Sir Colin Campbell Building
Triumph Road,
Nottingham NG7 2TU