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

NOW: A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists

Maker Movement with Chinese Characteristics

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Jessie J’s cultural revolution: how a Middle-Grade Pop Monster saved China – The Guardian

April 20, 2018
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Spark: The Science and Art of Creativity looking for creative partners

April 20, 2018
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NCPA Opera Being Turned into Film With New Technology

April 24, 2018
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Shanghai-Jing’an Modern Drama Valley kicks off

April 24, 2018
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Co-produced movies better introduce China globally

April 24, 2018
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Universal signs international deal with Chinese star Kris Wu – Music Business Worldwide

April 24, 2018
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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

Shenzhen residency

OCAT RESIDENCY open call

April 15, 2018

From 2006 to 2013, OCAT Shenzhen has organised eight times of Residency projects. We are pleased to announce that the OCAT Residency project will be restarted in every autumn from this year. The project is going to be hold during 1st September to 30th November of 2018. The invitees undertake a residency no less than one month. We welcome not merely artists, but also historians, curators, designers, architects, writers and culture researchers involved in the project. The project aims to create a dynamic platform for multi-disciplinary exchange, synthesise international cultural sources and contribute to the construction and development of Chinese contemporary art system within Shenzhen local context, further to make OCAT Museum Group an sustainable and international standard contemporary art organisation. The application deadline of 2018 is April 15. Applicants are encouraged to send their completed application package well ahead of time.All the applicants will be informed by email of the result in May to July 2018. Facilities OCAT has four decorated residences. Each residence owns a studio and living space. House facility includes WIFI internet, furniture, television, telephone, washing machine, bathing equipment, air conditioners, fridge, kitchenware and bedding. Specific demands and technical enquiry should be put forward before recipients arriving in Shenzhen so as to be solved in time. Financial support The round-trip travel (economy fare) expenses between the recipients’ permanent place of residence and Shenzhen as well as the fund and facilities for working and researching during the residency. Health and life insurance for the recipient during the residency. The sum of three thousand Yuan (RMB) per month per recipient for the cost of living (meals, traffic, communication and etc.) during the residency. (100 Yuan per day, will provide living cost according to the number of days the Recipients stay.For group application, we supply above items according to personal standard) The sum of one thousand and two hundred Yuan (RMB) per month per recipient for the cost of materials and researching works during the residency (Formal invoice is needed for reimbursement). Responsibility of Recipients Submit documents and residency proposal as requested and achieve the project you mentioned in your proposal when the residency ends. During the residency: Communicate and coordinate with OCAT team; attend the events of the Residency Project organised by OCAT Shenzhen; communicate with the local artists and research art organisations in Shenzhen and surrounding cities. Open your studio from time to time, make lectures, and communicate with the local public and artists. Visit exhibitions and events organised by OCAT. Recipients cover any cost incurred outside of the commitments made by OCAT and stated above. Put in a report to summarise your residency experience. Selection OCAT Shenzhen welcomes applicants from any creative fields from all parts of the world. All applications will be submitted to OCAT Academic Committee and Director of OCAT. Recipients are voted on by members of the committee. Some applicants are nominated by OCAT Academic Committee, local and international cooperation organisation or curators and artists with cooperative experience. Achievements According to the availability, OCAT Shenzhen will hold an exhibition or other type of events to show the achievements of each residency project. And the documents of residency project is resource sharing to OCAT Museum Group and is probably exhibit in other OCAT museums depending on the situation. How to apply  Please supply following materials: 1. A completed application form (Please send email towangjinghan@ocat.org.cn to ask for the application form). 2. (1) To artists: One page of latest resume, including your educational background, important personal and group exhibitions, awards and articles or publications about your art work. (2)To critics or curators: One page of latest resume, including your educational background,research achievement or curatorial experience and awards. 3. (1)To artists: The photos or discs of your art work (jpg.). Please clearly indicate the title, media,size and time of them. Also one or two articles or publications about your work. (2)To critics or curators: Critics please supply one or two research papers published on normal publications. Curators please supply at least two catalogues or publications of the exhibitions you curated. 4. A proposal concisely describe your application objective and your project. 5. The subject and brief introduction of the speech you will make during your residency. (Please submit the materials of 1,2,4 and 5 in both English and Chinese. For group application, please complete 1,2 in personal form and 3,4,5 in group form )   The above materials can be sent by email to wangjinghan@ocat.org.cn, or sent to: Wang Jinghan OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, En Ping Road, Overseas Chinese Town, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, 518053, P.R.China. PS: Uncompleted application will not be dealt with. Please clearly indicate your name on your materials. All the materials sent by applicants are kept in the archives of OCAT and will not be sent back.   Source from OCAT.  

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.