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19 September 2016

Hello Shenzhen: applications closed

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED: Are you interested in finding out more about Shenzhen's unique making ecosystem? Would you like to explore a challenge or question pertinent to your practice with a maker from China? Apply to host a residency by 30 October!

Apply now to become a host organisation

We are now seeking applications from UK-based organisations to participate in the Hello Shenzhen residency programme. We are really keen to work with you throughout the shaping of your application. Please get in touch with us if you would like guidance, advice or further details. 

We are seeking residency briefs that explore the following themes:

  • Making and its role in innovation and enterprise
  • Making and its role in sustainable design practices
  • Making and its role in both formal and informal education

The ideal host organisation is one:

  • That has previous experience hosting residencies are something similar
  • Can demonstrate a clear rational for wanting to work with Shenzhen
  • That can demonstrate how the proposed residency complements the activities, interests and ambitions of the organisation 

Organisations are invited to submit a residency proposal by midnight on 30 October 2016. 

About Hello Shenzhen

A bilateral exchange programme connecting makers in the UK and China, supported by the British Council, The Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation and Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab.

Maker culture is dynamic and growing both in the UK and abroad. Maker communities are transforming the creative process - developing innovative products and forming new models of social, civic and educational practices. This new and emerging sector is internationally focused and digitally connected, but to date, there have been few formal opportunities for cross cultural exchange between makers.

The Hello Shenzhen bilateral exchange programme will build stronger links between UK and Chinese making practices, supporting meaningful collaboration and deepening learning between the two countries. We believe that forming this connection will inform and develop making practices in both countries, inspiring makers to find new ways of working.

The opportunity

We are inviting UK organisations to apply to host a maker/s from Shenzhen. This is an opportunity to explore an area of interest or challenge with the benefit of skills and experience from China. It will be a chance to create stronger links with Shenzhen and find out more about its unique making ecosystem, as well as sharing best practice with members of the maker community in Shenzhen.

The residencies will take place in the UK from 6 March 2017 for up to three weeks and there will be an opportunity to apply for grant funding to enable the ideas developed in the residency to come to life.

The opportunities to take part in residencies in China will be announced soon.

Find out more and apply here

Any questions? Please get in touch: hellomakers@britishcouncil.org

Hello Shenzhen is the next iteration of Shenzhen Makers@World, the flagship programme of The Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation. It is a continuation of the work carried out in this area by programme partners: including the Made in China and Living Research reports by British Council, AHRC, SZOIL, and Nesta.