Wen Wen
Wen Wen

Wen Wen


March 2017

Wen Wen joined us at Lighthouse Studio from March 1-25 as part of the British Council’s Hello Shenzhen bilateral exchange programme, which aims to build stronger links between UK and Chinese making practices, supporting meaningful collaboration and deepening learning between the two countries.

Wen Wen was one of ten participants selected to spent three weeks with some of the UK’s leading makerspaces and creative organisations, including Lighthouse, Access Space, Central Research Laboratory, FACT, Impact Hub Westminster, Machines Room, and Makerversity. Read more about the experiences of the Chinese residents in Brighton, on the Hello Shenzhen website (blogs are translated from Chinese to English).

In a process of learning through making, the residency explored how Brighton-based makers can connect to Shenzhen-based ecosystem of suppliers, prototyping facilities, methods of manufacture, and distribution; and how community facilities such as Lighthouse and the FabLab can integrate with these networks.

Wen Wen is the Director of the Programmes Department and lecturer at the Cultural Industry Research Institute of Shenzhen University. She has a PhD in Creative Industries from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia (2012) and she is a visiting scholar to the Centre for Cultural Science and Technology, Curtin University, Australia (2014). Her research focuses on the cultural and creative industry, urban culture economy and maker culture. She has published a number of SSCI, CSSCI papers, and co-published a work on Creative Economy and Culture: Challenges, Changes and Futures for Creative Industries in English (Sage, 2015).

Read more about Wen Wen’s Hello Shenzhen residency at Lighthouse and the maker spaces and events she visited in Brighton and the UK.

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 the next iteration of the Shenzhen Foundation For International Exchange and Cooperation’s flagship programme Shenzhen Makers@World.

Hello Shenzhen is developed in partnership with Liz Corbin, Institute of Making, UCL and supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.



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