OCT Art & Design Gallery
D-TALK is the design forum initiated by OCT Art and Design Gallery in 2012. Under the theme of Living a Life in the Hypernatural Epoch, D-TALK 2019 will invite 17 guests from across the world to unfold the meaning of ‘life’ and reflect our connections with the surroundings from perspectives of nature, society, mindset and technology. British artist duo Something&Son and British Designer Jon C Flint will share their insights on this theme.
Crafting Futures Chengdu Engagement Exhibition
Fangsuo Commune, British Council
From 22 October to 30 November, UK designer Odette Steele participated in the Chengdu Crafting Futures residence to explore the traditional craft of Shuxiu embroidery and sustainability and innovation of fashion design. On 30 November, the engagement exhibition of Chengdu residence will be hosted in Fangsuo Bookshop Chengdu, showcasing the stories and productions of Odette's residence.
Crafting Futures Jingdezhen Residence
Taoxichuan Art Venue
Crafting Futures is a British Council global programme supporting the future of craft; its practices and people. Crafting Futures China will address sustainability and innovation, women empowerment, traditional craft and young audience through two craft artisans' residence in Chengdu and Jingdezhen in 2019. From 29 November to 29 December, UK designer Abbie Adams will participate in Jingdezhen residence and explore the sustainability and innovation of ceramic materials.
Knowledge of Design Week (KODW) – Designing Digital Futures
Hong Kong Design Centre
Featuring “Designing Digital Futures” as its theme, the week-long Knowledge of Design Week will be held from 17 to 21 June. Internationally-renowned speakers from the UK and other locations around the world will explore subjects including ‘Liveable Smart City’, ‘Future Retail & Lifestyle’ and ‘Digital Health’. Through thematic forums and interactive workshops, different stakeholders will engage in discussions on how digital and technology can transform the challenges the world is facing into opportunities
Shenzhen Design Week 2019
Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association
Shenzhen Design Week is an annual city-wide festival, initiated in 2017. London will be the Guest City in 2019. The design week will explore the theme “Design for Sustainability” to provide a platform for international cultural exchange, to showcase design achievements and to promote design thinking. It will include regular events, such as Global Design Award, Keynote Forum, Design Exhibition of Greater Bay Area, UNESCO Creative Cities events, etc.
Hello, My Name is Paul Smith
Design Museum, CR Tower Art Centre Museum
Hello My Name is Paul Smith takes visitors on a journey through the world of fashion designer Paul Smith; a world of creation, inspiration, collaboration, wit and beauty. Looking at the impressive scale of its global operation today, the exhibition draws on Paul Smith’s personal archive, from the company’s beginnings in Nottingham to its international prominence today. Made up of over 1500 objects, this landmark exhibition reflects on the personality, curiosity and energy of Paul Smith.
Crafting Futures China: Chengdu, Guiyang and Jingdezhen
Crafting Futures is a British Council global programme supporting the future of craft; its practices and people, currently active in 20 countries around the world. The China programme is an experimental residency programme in partnership with Fangsuo Commune to create new international networks and opportunities for shared learning between UK and Chinese artisans and organisations, support research and education in craft and offer designers and artisans access to knowledge and expertise, new markets and new audiences. In particular, the China programme will address the traditional crafts and Intangible Cultural Heritage scenes and networks, the development of craft education and engagement with youth in China, through international collaboration.
Hello, My Name is Paul Smith
Design Museum, Today Art Museum
Hello My Name is Paul Smith' takes visitors on a journey through the world of fashion designer Paul Smith, a world of creation, inspiration, collaboration, wit and beauty. Looking at the impressive scale of its global operation today, the exhibition draws on Paul Smith’s personal archive, from the company’s beginnings in Nottingham to its international prominence today. Made up of over 1500 objects, this landmark exhibition reflects on the personality, curiosity and energy of Paul Smith.
Mindpark is a popular creativity integrated platform in China, curated by Topys. The annual event invites top creators around the world to Shenzhen under the theme of Future City, and includes three sectors: talks, masterclasses and the park (exhibitions, pop-up stores and workshops). James Binning from Assemble, Sir Nicholas Kenyon from Barbican Centre, and Mike McGee from Framestore will share their inspirations. The Universal Everything studio will present in the exhibition.
2018 Art Suzhou International Art Exhibition
Art Suzhou International Art Exhibition, organised by Pan-National Arts, is an international art exchange platform integrating exhibitions, academic seminars and sharing between countries. For this year's 4th exhibition, the organisers have chosen the ancient symbol of the Silk Road to build a diverse platform exchanging art and culture from the East and West. This year, UK jazz musician David Lyttle has been invited to perform at the opening reception following his music residency in Suzhou in 2017, supported by the British Council.
Bi-City Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture
Shenzhen Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture Organizing Committee
Themed on Cities, Grow in Difference, 2017 Bi-City Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture (Shenzhen) will open in December at its main venue Nantou Old Town, Shenzhen. The Biennale will draw attention to urban villages, a unique product of China’s urbanization and take the opportunity to initiate an unprecedented urban experiment. Several (group) participants from the UK will be attending, including Liam Young, Space_Play, SHOK-1.
The East and the West on Fans:18th-19th Century Chinese and Western Fans
Guangdong Folk Arts Museum
The exhibition will present 18th-19th century exquisite Canton export fans and Western fans that contain colourful "Chinese elements", while presenting a brilliant moment of interaction between Chinese and Western cultural elements. The exhibition will include fans from the Victoria & Albert Museum, Fan Museum and Fitzwilliam Museum, alongside the Guangdong Folk Arts Museum’s collection of Canton export fans.