International Initiatives


In this section, we invite you behind the scenes to discover some of our work in and with countries around the world. We hope the international stories shared in this blog will initiate new discussions with our museum colleagues from overseas as well as the public in the UK and abroad. Through our international initiatives, we look forward to engaging with colleagues, audiences, scholars and creative practitioners across borders, opening our minds and broadening our horizon. Welcome on board!

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Managing Abroad: Picking Apart Chinese Showcases

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While the Shekou Project is an exciting opportunity to collaborate internationally, it also brings with it a host of complex cross-border challenges. In a series of blog posts called ‘Managing Abroad’, the Shekou team’s project manager, Alex Willett, explores some of these lesser discussed, but fundamental issues, to managing global projects.    For the past few […]

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From Shenzhen: Chaihuo Makerspace and the Shenzhen Maker Faire

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As part of the V&A’s ongoing collaboration with China Merchants Group, Luisa E. Mengoni, currently stationed in Shenzhen as Head of the V&A Gallery, reports from the frontlines of Chinese design and manufacturing. Here we present a series of reports on current events and dialogues with some of the region’s most influential and insightful figures. […]

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From Shenzhen: Shanzhai and the Maker movement

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As part of the V&A’s ongoing collaboration with China Merchants Group, Luisa E. Mengoni, currently stationed in Shenzhen as Head of the V&A Gallery, reports from the frontlines of Chinese design and manufacturing. Here we present a series of reports on current events and dialogues with some of the region’s most influential and insightful figures. […]

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A Tour of China’s Design Cities: Beijing

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For the Shekou Project, Luisa E. Mengoni, Brendan Cormier, Sunny Cheung, and Rong Zhao travelled to five cities in two weeks, to research the current state of design in China – to see how design is produced, perceived, consumed, and discussed across the country. All of this, to figure out how the V&A, through its […]

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A Tour of China’s Design Cities: Shanghai

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For the Shekou project, Luisa Mengoni, Brendan Cormier, Sunny Cheung, and Rong Zhao travelled to five cities in two weeks, to research the current state of design in China – to see how design is produced, perceived, consumed, and discussed across the country. All of this, to figure out how the V&A, through its work […]

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A Tour of China’s Design Cities: Shenzhen

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For the Shekou project, Luisa E. Mengoni, Brendan Cormier, Sunny Cheung, and Rong Zhao travelled to five cities in two weeks, to research the current state of design in China – to see how design is produced, perceived, consumed, and discussed across the country. All of this, to figure out how the V&A, through its […]

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A Tour of China’s Design Cities: Hong Kong

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For the Shekou project, Luisa Mengoni, Brendan Cormier, Sunny Cheung, and Rong Zhao travelled to five cities in two weeks, to research the current state of design in China – to see how design is produced, perceived, consumed, and discussed across the country. All of this, to figure out how the V&A, through its work […]

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News from Luisa in Shenzhen

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It has been only three weeks since my arrival in Shenzhen, but it already feels like ‘home’ and I am really thrilled about the idea of spending the coming few years in China working on the V&A Shekou project. It was also a wonderful coincidence – and hopefully an auspicious sign – to be able […]

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Meet the Shekou Team!

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We are now at full speed for the delivery phase! As the Shekou project director, I am very pleased to say that the core Shekou team is now in place steering up V&A expertise to deliver the project. Since the groundbreaking ceremony, Brendan Cormier joined the V&A Furniture, Textile and Fashion department led by Christopher […]

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Building of the Shekou Design Museum to commence

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Some exciting news from Shenzhen, China! Last week, Martin Roth (Director of the V&A), Tim Reeve (COO), Olivia Colling (Head of Press and Communication), Luisa Mengoni (senior V&A curator on the V&A Shekou project) and I attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming Shekou Design Museum (see our previous post introducing the project). This traditional […]

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