About Chinese Arts Space

Our Mission

To commission British Chinese (BC) & international performing & visual artists, to encourage transnational collaborations, to mentor the next generation of BC cultural leaders & producers, & to showcase excellent contemporary work with universal appeal to the widest possible audience, live & digital.

Our Vision

British Chinese & international talent is promoted & platformed in order to celebrate & embrace the diversity of the UK, to inspire younger generations, to stimulate intergenerational dialogue, to encourage wider social cohesion & understanding, to empower contemporary cultural dialogue between UK stakeholders, China & East Asia, & to benefit wider society in the UK through encouraging diverse voices & cultural forms.

Our Values

We commission & underpin how we operate:

  • EXCELLENCE is the standard of BC creativity we encourage
  • BRIDGING between BC artists in the UK, China & internationally is what we promote & support
  • INNOVATION in the fusion of BC, UK & East Asian arts is our priority
  • MAINSTREAMING BC arts within the UK & internationally is our goal
  • SUSTAINABILITY is our resilient & entrepreneurial approach towards CAS & society

About Our History

Counsellor Lu Haitian (Chinese Embassy), Rachel Harris (Southbank Centre), Freya Aitken-Turff (China Exchange) with CAS Board members & staff, supporters & artists of Project New Earth.
Photo: Abei Luo

CAS (Chinese Arts Space) was established in 2005 as a non-profit making arts organisation to develop and commission excellent contemporary Chinese performing and visual artists, and redress the significant gap in provision for this sector in the UK. CAS encourages innovation in both traditional and contemporary arts, through collaborations and cross-artforms. We showcase high quality artists to engage the British public, particularly children and young people, in the discovery of diverse arts for entertainment, education and social cohesion.

CAS staff & interns with CE staff at the first preview of Project New Earth.
Photo: Abei Luo

CAS has staged The Circle and Five Circles arts festivals at the Linbury Theatre (Royal Opera House) and Lilian Baylis Theatre (Sadlers Wells), brokering new international partnerships between artists from the UK and East Asia. High profile performances have been presented at the Thames Festival and New Music 20x12 (Southbank Centre), West End Live (Leicester Square), City Showcase (Chinatown), Hong Kong Arts Festival (City Hall) and UK Now festival (Beijing). CAS has commissioned three public artworks in Chinatown London to rebrand the area as a hub for cultural expression, and we are currently developing the next sculpture commission.

Our Staff

About Our Staff

Christine Yau

Board Chairman

Nicholas James


Hanue Chan

Board Member

About Our Volunteers

Name Role Contact email

Leonard Wong

Crowdfunder Organiser leonard@casuk.org

Yu-Jin Tan

Website Designer yu-jin@casuk.org

Stephanie Ng

Project Co-ordinator stephanie@casuk.org

Carrol Ho

Project Fundraiser carrol@casuk.org

Donald Shek

Internet Forum Consultant donshi@donshiart.com

About Our Sponsors

CAS actively fundraises to support the development of contemporary British Chinese (BC*) artists' work in the UK, and the training of BC young people to engage more actively in the arts.

CAS is a non-profit organisation and we currently receive no regular funding. For corporate and community partnership opportunities, please contact Yixi Sun, General Manager at sun@casuk.org or +44(0)7828 715 175.

CAS has previously received funding from:

  • Arts Council England (project-funding)
  • Westminster City Council (Chinatown Action Plan)
  • British Council (UK Now festival)
  • PRS for Music Foundation (New Music 20x12)
  • Hong Kong Arts Festival (Piccadilly Revisited)
  • Shaftesbury PLC (sponsorship)
  • China Now (sponsorship)

  • CAS has performed or exhibited in the following venues:

  • Linbury Theatre (Royal Opera House)
  • Lilian Baylis Studio (Sadler's Wells)
  • Royal Festival Hall (Thames Festival)
  • Hayward Gallery, CNY in Trafalgar Square, Royal Geographical Society (New Music 20x12)
  • Leicester Square (West End Live)
  • Chinatown, London (1888: Ricebowl mural, The Lion sculpture, Sustain sculpture)
  • City Hall Theatre, HK; MOMA cinematheque, Beijing (Piccadilly Revisited)

  • *We use the term British Chinese or "BC" to mean people of Chinese descent residing in the UK, primarily BBC (British Born Chinese) or from majority Chinese populations: Hong Kong. China, Taiwan, Singapore, or any of the Chinese diasporas around the world including USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and across East Asia: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, North Korea, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand & Vietnam. These people remain severely underrepresented in the arts in the UK.

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