Cultural Xiamen: Literature, Music and Architecture

From Scotland to Shanghai Creating Contemporary Works for Children in Theatre

Public Art in Hong Kong: Art, People and Public Space

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Chinese modern art goes digital at Google Arts & Culture

June 22, 2018
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From China to the Middle East, museums are being built as a branding exercise

June 1, 2018
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Hong Kong filmmakers need to get real on fake cash – South China Morning Post

June 22, 2018
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Beijing street artists taking graffiti in China to the next level, transforming the city – and even getting paid for it

June 22, 2018
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In China, tourism is viewed as a key cultural experience – The Nation

June 22, 2018
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Galleries union carries forward Silk Road spirit

June 22, 2018
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Open Call: 2018 JiMei X Arles International Photo Festival in Xiamen

June 11, 2018

2018 Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival is looking for curatorial projects. Co-created by Sam Stourdzé, the director of famous international photo festival Rencontres d’Arles (France), and Chinese photographer RongRong (also the founder of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, China’s first ever professional art centre dedicated to photography), Jimei x Arles features international artists selected from Rencontres d’Arles alongside Chinese and Asian photography talents. The festival has attracted more than 100,000 visitors since its inception in 2015. Jimei x Arles is co-organised by Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and Xiamen Tianxia Jimei Media Co., Ltd. Bérénice Angremy and Victoria Jonathan are the art directors of the 2018 edition, held in Xiamen from November 23, 2018, to January 2, 2019. Jimei x Arles features more than 30 exhibitions arranged in different sections: exhibitions from Rencontres d’Arles, China Pulse, Crossover Photography, Jimei x Arles Discovery Award, Collector’s Tale, Local Action and a special focus on an Asian country. In 2018, Jimei x Arles is launching a call for curatorial projects for its China Pulse and Crossover Photography sections. It is open to all exhibition curators specialised in Chinese photography. China Pulse is a series of exhibitions curated by China photography specialists. It aims at taking the pulse of current trends in Chinese photography. Whether collective or individual, the exhibition project shall refer to the photography medium in its diversity of forms (print, digital, video…). Crossover Photography section invites curators to show the possibilities of photography on different media (print, video, digital, objects…) and in crossing cultural contexts. The project can be a collective or individual exhibition. Each exhibition has a maximum space of 200-230 square meters, located in the main festival venue (Jimei Citizen Centre). Additionally, Jimei x Arles festival will cover travel expenses within China for the curator and one of the artists participating in the exhibition to attend the festival’s opening on November 23-25. The chosen projects will be part of the 2018 festival exhibition program (November 23 to January 2).   1 — PURPOSE The Jimei x Arles call for curatorial projects is intended for curators wishing to produce an unprecedented exhibition project with a relationship to Chinese photography. 2 — APPLICATION If you are interested in participating in the call for projects, please send us an email (menyi@doors-agency.com) ahead of your application to receive all details. The application must be submitted online.  a biography of the curator (maximum 600 English characters and/or 150 Chinese characters, spaces included, in Word), complete with training, research and contact details a portfolio (pdf) of various projects the curator has carried out a written presentation of the exhibition project proposed for the 2018 Jimei x Arles festival (maximum 5 000 English characters and/or 1250 Chinese characters, spaces included, in Word or PPT) a body of works and a list of the artists for the project (visuals are mandatory, word or ppt) an estimated exhibition production budget a timetable The texts must be in Mandarin or English, ideally both. The application deadline is June 11, 2018. The winners will be announced on June 22, 2018. If the project is not approved, no compensation will be provided. Source from Jimei Arles International Festival.

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Open Call: Banyan Commune Artist Residency Project 2018-2019

June 30, 2018

In the new round of urban planning, the Huangbian community that houses the museum is under renovation to be the Design Capital of Guangzhou, one of the largest industrial clusters of design in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Undergoing a process of swift gentrification, how would the museum and art witness, engage in and respond to such a zealous social transformation? Banyan Commune is a unique phenomenon of community life and civil culture in southern China, a gathering place traditionally served as a community centre for the neighbourhood. The Banyan Commune is a community art project initiated in 2016, which space has witnessed the seasonal changes, day-and-night alternate of the surrounding neighbourhood while serving as the window for connecting the museum to public. The artist will act as a host of this temporary public space, using the Huangbian neighbourhood as research subject to foster continuous dialogue, understanding,and communication about the actual context of the museum. Reflecting on the role of the contemporary art museum in a residential community while constructing organic relations between the institution and the surrounding place, Banyan Commune intends to generate a trace for the ever-changing region of South China in the process of urbanisation. The Banyan Commune welcomes proposals by local and international artists and collectives for bi-annual, month-long residencies. Proposed projects should be visual, participatory, and public engaging in nature, including installation, video, sounds, performance,and events among others. The selected projects of 2017-2018 were Henry Tan “What It Meant to Me Will Eventually Be a Memory”and Ye Hui “We Are Singing The Song of Our Time”. Selected artist or artist collective will be provided with: - Accommodation and workspace with basic living facilities - Round-trip economy-class flight or train tickets to Guangzhou - Living expenses during the residency - Production budget of up to 50,000 RMB (appox. 7500 USD) - Assistance with applying for extra grants or sponsorships - Project assistant, support for academic research and translation, etc. Application Requirements - Project proposal, including the statement, working schedule, presentation plan, and a detailed plan of project realization - Applicant’s portfolio - Description of assistance needed for realizing the project To Apply Please combine all your application files into a single PDF file and e-mail to banyan@timesmuseum.org (If there is a video component in your files, please include it as a web link instead.) Application Deadline June 30, 2018 Reviewing Process The proposed projects will undergo two rounds of reviewing committee evaluation. Committee is composed of the curatorial and public programmes departments of Times Museum. The first round will be within one month after the deadline for application. Five proposals will be selected for the second round of review. Selected artists will then need to provide further plan within 15 days. Two proposals will be selected for the residency each year. The finalists will be published on the museum’s website and other media. All applicants will receive email notification regardless of whether they are selected. Please note - Before submitting your application, it’s suggested that the artist do local research on the city of Guangzhou and the context of the surrounding community of Times Museum. - The Banyan Commune project focuses on locality, and we encourage the participating artists to collaborate with various local institutions, researchers and other artists into the proposal.   From Times Museum.

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Open Call – SPARK: The Science and Art of Creativity looking for creative partners

May 18, 2018

SPARK: The Science and Art of Creativity is a new British Council Festival of Ideas, which will take place on 18-20 January 2019. The festival will come hot-on-the-heels of a year-long celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the British Council in Hong Kong (2018). It will showcase the best of UK creativity and innovation across the arts, sciences and education, and provide a platform for the exchange of ideas between the UK, Hong Kong and the North East Asia region. SPARK will contain a thought leadership series and a community outreach programme, running across two core but interrelated strands: Arts and Innovation and Science and Creativity. It is open to everyone, especially the young and young-at-heart. The main venue will be at Tai Kwun, Hong Kong’s Centre for Heritage and Arts in Central, with satellite venues in the New Territories of Hong Kong. We aim to establish SPARK as an annual event and a key feature of the Hong Kong cultural calendar.  It will be an exciting alternative and counterpoint to other arts and cultural happenings in Hong Kong, and it will position the UK as a crucible for creative, innovative and provocative ideas. SPARK will provide the people of Hong Kong with a series of high quality interactive events and activities developed in partnership between UK-based and Hong Kong organisations that will provoke and inspire. It is aimed at people from all walks of life, English-speaking or not, and in particular the under 30s age group and the young-at-heart. For the UK institutions, SPARK will provide an opportunity to engage and connect with potential stakeholders in Hong Kong.  It will also provide an opportunity to develop new and innovative collaborations with partners in Hong Kong, as well as the occasion to showcase your institution’s expertise. We are now looking for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from the UK arts an cultural institutions who are willing to be creative partners in SPARK and co-create an activity and/or event with a Hong Kong partner and with input from the British Council. We are looking for events/activities which demonstrate how creative and innovative ideas contribute to a sustainable future.  The proposed events/activities might draw on multiple disciplines, including collaboration across different art forms such as performing art, visual art, literary art and film art, as well as collaboration between art and other non-art disciplines such as sciences (natural, applied and social sciences), technology and engineering; bringing together seemingly unlikely future for cities through artistic and creative endeavours in the developed world. We are particularly interested in ideas that: embrace social inclusion, accessibility and diversity targeting at different communities such as the elder, youth, disabled, under-privileged; address the relationship between the arts and sustainable built environment, including architecture, design, buildings, and public spaces; enable social change; develop capacity building; shape cultural policy and share research between the cultural sector in the UK and abroad. Whilst we are not looking for financial resourcing, we do expect that our creative partners be accountable for their own costs. If you are interested in the open call, please submit your EOI to: Antony J. Chan, Head of Arts and Creative Industries Antony.chan@britishcouncil.org.hk  Submission of EOI Deadline: 18 May 2018

Publishing in China

The Publishing Landscape in China: Opportunities for British Writers

11 Sep, 2017

The Publishing Landscape in China: New and Emerging Opportunities for British Writers is a report commissioned by Nesta as part of a wider Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project to map out the market for British publishers and writers in China, identifies the barriers to entering and operating in the market, and considers how much of an opportunity digital transformation represents for British publishers and writers in reaching Chinese audiences. China’s current publishing landscape is at once exciting and complex, and is in the midst of a significant transformation through its opening up to the world in commerce and culture, and through the impact of technology that is, as elsewhere, radically changing the way its readers consume and share written content. In China, online literature platforms such as Cloudary and equivalent platforms in the West such as Wattpad are beginning to challenge traditional publishers in their role as gatekeepers. China is, however, much further ahead in trying to develop innovative business models and revenue streams around these online literature models, enabling some Chinese writers to make careers out of writing while bypassing traditional publishing channels. [pdf-embedder url="https://chinanow.britishcouncil.cn/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/The_Publishing_Landscape_in_China_2015.pdf" title="The Publishing Landscape in China 2015"]

2015 Sino-UK Performing Arts Forum

2015 Sino-UK Performing Arts Forum For Industry and Education

4 Aug, 2017

The 2015 Sino-UK Performing Arts Forum took place on the 19 October 2015 under the auspices of the 17th China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF). The Forum was co-organised by CSIAF (supported by the Cultural Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in London, and the Ministry for Culture in Beijing), and the British Council in China (supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in London). The 2015 Forum programme theme was “Creating Stronger Synergies” with a particular focus on exploring ways to strengthen Sino-UK Performing Arts Collaboration undertaken between arts organisations in both countries and in line with its four broad objectives: To build on existing strong performing arts links between the UK and China To further improve industry and education collaboration To explore ways of ‘growing’ new audiences To consider the influence of performing arts on national and international cultural development Fourteen Chinese and UK arts organisations shared key features and their experience of eight specific Sino-UK Performing Arts Collaborations. Seven case studies undertook the priority SWOT analyses. These covered a wide range and variety of Sino-UK related collaborations in the performing arts. The Case Studies were a demonstration and celebration of Sino-UK Performing Arts collaboration – ie working together, creating high quality art, having a strong artistic vision of what is possible, and most importantly for the Forum - learning from this.   [pdf-embedder url="https://chinanow.britishcouncil.cn/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2015-Sino-UK-PA-FORUM-REPORT-China-Now-Version.pdf" title="2015 Sino-UK PA FORUM REPORT - China Now Version"] About the Report The report was written by the UK forum facilitator Jannette Cheong with support from another independent arts consultant Graham Marchant. Originally trained as a designer, for more than 40 years Jannette Cheong has worked with higher education and/or the arts. In her early career she worked as a lecturer and then inspector for further and higher education, and subsequently as a facilitator, curator and advisor to international collaborations with many countries including China, India, Japan, USA, South Africa, and Brazil; and with international organisations such as OECD and the World Bank.