Media Arts in Hong Kong: Mediating between Audiences and Artists

V&A in Shenzhen: UNESCO City of Design Welcomes its First Design Hub

The British Library in China: Taking An Entrepreneurial Approach

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The Handan Dream: Bringing a classic Chinese play to the Hackney Empire

January 19, 2018
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China gets first state-funded photo museum

January 16, 2018
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How the Victoria and Albert Museum in China signals a new design for Shenzhen – CNN

January 22, 2018
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“NOW”: Art galleries across the UK are celebrating female contemporary artists working in China now

January 19, 2018
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Database of contemporary Chinese literature launches in Beijing …

January 19, 2018
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‘TIME LINE, Abstract Art From China’ opens at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

January 19, 2018
BAME Opportunity

Opportunity: Open call for BAME practitioners looking to build international links

January 22, 2018

As part of our mission to represent the UK in all its diversity, the British Council are offering bursaries for BAME (black, Asian or minority ethnic) artists and producers to attend IETM Porto, an important international performing arts networking event, from 26 to 29 April 2018. IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting) is a network of over five hundred performing arts organisations and individuals working in contemporary performance in Europe and all over the world. It commissions publications and research projects, and advocates for the value of performing arts. Its events are a great opportunity to meet international colleagues and to broaden your understanding of the global opportunities and challenges for performing arts in the 21st century. At a glance: Where and when? IETM Porto takes place in Portugal from 26–29 April 2018. What does the bursary cover? Successful applicants will receive a £500 bursary each. The bursary money can be used to contribute towards costs incurred travelling and staying in Porto. This might include, but is not limited to travel, accommodation, daily expenses and show tickets. Who is eligible to apply? This opportunity is open to independent BAME artists and producers working in performing arts who are based in the UK and are not acting on behalf of an NPO or a regularly funded organisation (including the new regularly funded organisations joining the portfolio in April 2018). Previous IETM bursary recipients are eligible to re-apply. Our policy is that we will support one person to attend IETM a maximum of two times through this scheme. You must be available from the 26 - 29 April 2018 (inclusive) and allow for appropriate travel time on either side of the dates. How do I apply? Please complete this form When is the deadline? Monday 22 January 2018 10:00 (BST) What are your criteria for selecting bursary award winners? We will be looking for applications that demonstrate that attendance at IETM Porto will be useful to the career of the bursary recipient. That might include being part of your wider international strategy, or, equally, might represent a first and important foray into international networks following success in the UK.   More at British Council Theatre and Dance website.   Kirstyn Paynter

Shenzhen Design Week

Shenzhen Design Week 2018 Open Call

January 31, 2018

Sponsored by Shenzhen Municipal Government, Shenzhen Design Week (SZDW) is organised by Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Office with Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association (SDPA) serving as Secretariat and co-organised by international design institutions, local design professional associations, design schools and cultural departments of all districts in the city. Shenzhen will organise Design Week in late April annually and the permanent slogan is “New Era, New Design”. The 1st Shenzhen Design Week was held in April 2017 in 16 cultural and creative venues across the city. In these venues there were 45 key events including Design·Future Theme Exhibition, Cities of Design Exhibition, SZ-HK Twin-Cities Design Exhibition, Global Creative Forum and many others. More than 200 designers from 18 countries participated and over 2,000 design projects including products, furniture, menswear, interactive installation and multi-media were presented, attracting over 100,000 visitors in one week’s time. The 2nd Shenzhen Design Week will open on 20th April 2018 and ends on 30th April 2018. The theme for this year is “Possibilities of Design”. Main venues will be the Shenzhen Sea World Culture and Arts Centre and MOCAPE (Museum of Contemporary Art and Planning Exhibition). Other exhibitions and activities will spread across the city and the forms of activity include but are not limited to forums, lectures, exhibitions, award ceremony, performances, interactive installations, fashion show etc. This year’s SZDW will be more than an event simply presenting and communicating about design. It highlights the connection and influence between design and industry, design and the society. The ultimate purpose of cross-disciplinary and cross-border communication is to introduce top designers and design projects from around the world into Shenzhen while helping more people understand the concept of “Shenzhen Design”, enhancing people’s perception of design and thus enable design to engage and change people’s lives. Open Call We now call for curators and teams to plan and implement key exhibitions of Shenzhen Design Week 2018 as listed below: Programmes for Shenzhen Design Week All forms of activities are welcomed, including but not limited to exhibitions, forums, lectures, workshops, performances, interactive installations, fashion show, design education, family activities, etc. In principle, applicants shall find suitable venues no less than 100 square metres by themselves. For high profile programmes which cannot find suitable venues, applicants can apply for assistant in the application material. Shenzhen Design Week Theme Exhibition Time: Friday 20th April 2018 - Monday 30th April 2018 Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE) Background information: The theme exhibition ‘Possibilities of Design’ is one of the most important exhibition of Shenzhen Design Week. We expect it more than a mere exhibition. Hopefully, it can display the relationship between design and industries as well as the relationship between design, daily life and people. By collecting and showing some top crossover works, it can broaden local designers’ horizon and improve public’s cognitive ability, which truly integrates design into lives and change lives. Also, it’s able to raise awareness of ‘Shenzhen Design’. Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Design Exhibition Time: Friday 20th April 2018 - Monday 30th April 2018 Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE) Background information: Design in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao have different advantages and distinguishing features. To promote exchange and cooperation to a further extent is a common goal shared by the three governments. Also, it’s a significant way to facilitate the national strategy of developing Greater Bay Area. We hope that Shenzhen Design Week will become an important platform to realise win-win exchange and cooperation. By showing representative works from the design industry in Greater Bay Area, the exhibition is expected to present the unique characteristics of different areas as well as exploring ways to complement each other and possible directions for future improvements. Application Applicants must submit the following material before 18:00 Wednesday 31st January 2018 (Beijing Time): Submitted material MUST fit all requirements above or application will be seen as INVALID. All applications MUST be submitted to the Secretariat via EMAIL to: bid@sz.design If you have any enquiries or questions, please contact: Ms Cheng/Ms Liang Tel: 0086 755 6661 9298 The Secretariat will assess submitted projects and announce results in TWO WEEKS after the deadline. For more details please visit official website and the attached PDF.   Source from Shenzhen Design Week.  

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UK-China Rutherford Curatorial Research Fellowship | Science Museum Group

January 21, 2018

Are you an experienced researcher? Can you communicate confidently in both English and Mandarin? The Science Museum Group is seeking to appoint a full-time UK-China Rutherford Curatorial Research Fellow for a period of up to 5 months starting in early 2018. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to contribute to the world's premier science museums in a rich but little-known field. The purpose of the role is to identify and provide preliminary evaluation of the key elements for a major museum exhibition - and other public programmes - about historic and contemporary science and technology in China. In your role you will work with a number of colleagues, including those in the Collections, Contemporary Science, Touring and Research & Public History Departments. The Science Museum in London (flagship of the Science Museum Group) runs an ambitious programme of innovative temporary exhibitions. We are expanding our work in and with China and, amongst other things, are considering a temporary exhibition on Chinese science and technology - past, present and looking to the future - that would be shown at the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester in the period after 2022, and then be available for UK and international touring. The Science Museum Group (SMG) comprises the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon and the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. Together we share a mission to inspire futures. Interviews will take place on the week commencing Monday 29th January 2018.   More from Science Museum Group.

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.