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UK/China Cultural Exchange Lab
Fri 7 April 2017, 11:00 – 15:00 BST
For all those interested in, or already developing, cultural exchange with China.
The lab is an opportunity to come together and explore approaches to working with China, looking at opportunities for collaboration, to connect to networks and share knowledge around existing cultural projects, research and exchange.
Ideal for creative practitioners, curators and educationalists, the day includes the opportunity to network with agencies such as the British Council and Arts Council and key organisations and individuals delivering creative programmes with China.
Part of LOOK/17 – Liverpool International Photography Festival, exhibiting work across Liverpool from 7th April to May 14th, featuring Chinese photographers.
Format for the day
11.00 -11.05 Introduction
Sarah Fisher, LOOK Board Member and Director of Open Eye Gallery.
11.05 International Working
The day will start with a short provocation on international working and translating culture by Ying Kwok, Lead Curator of LOOK/17 (and simultaneously curator of Hong Kong's presentation at the Venice Biennale 2017).
11.35 A panel discussion on cultural exchange and international working, including Jane Beardsworth; Arts Council England, Senior Manager North, and Katherine Peringer; British Council, China Arts Programme Manager, Sarah Kerr; Senior Partnerships Executive at University of Nottingham on Cultural Skills Exchange. We will also be joined by Claire McColgan; Head of Culture at City Council, Liverpool.
12.15 Q&A Panel
- 12.30 Lunch Break
1.15 Roundtable discussion groups, please select one group from the two sessions outlined below during registration.
1. Bringing Chinese cultural product to the UK:
Chair Lindsay Taylor; Art Curator at the University of Salford which has a growing collection of Chinese Contemporary Art. Lindsay has worked closely with the Centre for Contemporary Art and others, to commission new work from Chinese artists and has curated exhibtions of their work in the UK i.e. Luke Ching currently exhibiting at Open Eye Gallery as part of LOOK/17.
2. Exploring Shared Issues Around Urbanism with China:
Chair John Aitken and Jane Brake from Institute of Urban Dreaming which is currently presenting their work on Chinese urbanisation at Tate Exchange [Tate Liverpool] please see LOOK/17 for more information on a week long series of related events from 7-14 April. John and Jane will be joined by Dr Fei Chen; Senior lecturer, Internationalisation Lead Architecture at the University of Liverpool.
3. Cultural Skills Exchange: How do we share our skills in the cultural sector, with the emerging sector in mainland China? Chair Sarah Kerr; Senior Partnerships Executive at University of Nottingham. Sarah has developed a programme of skills exchange with museums in China. Sarah will be joined by John Tasker; Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Liverpool.
- 2.00 - 2.15 Short Break
Discussion groups on the potential for collaboration, please select a group during Registration:
4. Making Work in China. What models have been developed to enable artists and photographers to make work in China. Chair Yan Preston; LOOK/17 artist who also produced the Mother River project, showing at Impressions Gallery in Bradford from 31 March until 24 June. Yan Preston will be joined by London based, Hong Kong artist Derek Man. Derek is also a LOOK/17 artist, he has been commissioned by Open Eye Gallery to document the housing situation in Hong Kong.
5. Taking UK cultural product to China.
Chair Tony Trehy Director at Bury Art Museum. Tony previously developed a very successful tour of artworks from North-West museum collections across numerous city museums in China.
Tony will be joined by Rory Blair and Patrick Campbell, student representatives from Manchester Metropolitan University who will discuss HE Students/recent graduate shows in China.
The panel will also include representatives from the Arts Council and the British Council.
3.00 - Ends