Shenzhen makers visiting Build Brighton makerspace. Photo by Felix Goncalez
Shenzhen makers visiting Build Brighton makerspace. Photo by Felix Goncalez

HELLO SHENZHEN

GRASSROOTS MAKER CULTURES IN THE UK AND CHINA


2017-2018
BRIGHTON, UK & SHENZHEN, CHINA


RESEARCH, COMMUNITY EVENTS AND PODCASTS


Hello Shenzhen is bilateral residency exchange programme connecting makers in the UK and China.

In 2017, Lighthouse was one of seven UK arts, design and technology organisations chosen to host a Chinese maker for a three week bilateral exchange programme, which aims to build stronger links between UK and Chinese making practices.

In March, Lighthouse Studio hosted Dr Wen Wen, from Shenzhen University. During the residency Lighthouse Creative Producer, Andrew Sleigh, and Wen visited maker spaces in Brighton and across the UK and mapped maker cultures and networks in Brighton and Shenzhen.

Read Andrew’s blog about the residency at Lighthouse in March.

In November, Andrew travels to Shenzhen for a return visit, to explore the Chinese experience of making and, in particular, the differences and connections between the UK’s grassroots maker movement and China’s emerging entrepreneurial maker scene.

He will be interviewing for a short series of podcasts that will tell the story of making in Shenzhen, through the voices of those who make.

About Hello Shenzhen
Hello Shenzhen is a partnership between the British Council, The Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation, and Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab. Hello Shenzhen is developed in partnership with Liz Corbin, Institute of Making, UCL. Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Watch British Council’s interview with Wen Wen and Andrew Sleigh about the residency.


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