It had been closed for almost three years. However, the Centre for Chinese contemporary art in Manchester announced its reopening on its Instagram page on 10 January 2023. It is scheduled to open on 18 February with a new exhibition curated by Hanlu Zhang.
Following the arrival of Covid-19, the centre was forced to close its doors. Controversy had also surrounded the place regarding the lack of diversity in its teams. In March 2020, curator Tiffany Leung withdrew from the organisation of an exhibition, expressing her incomprehension about the Eurocentric outlook of a predominantly white team representing Chinese artists.
Founded in 1986, the institute thus had to review its internal policy to integrate a new perspective. It is now planning to move away from its "Chinese artists" focus and become a platform for artists and artistic practices that know and identify with Southeast Asia.