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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V&A joins China Merchants Shekou Holdings (CMSK) in launching Design Society

Design Society is up

Saturday 19 March 2016 marked an important milestone in the pioneering collaboration between the V&A and China Merchants Shekou Holdings (CMSK) who jointly announced the launch of Design Society 设计互联, the new cultural hub led by its director Ole Bouman, which aims to position itself as an open and collaborative platform connecting design culture with society, […]

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V&A at the Shenzhen Biennale

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This weekend (December 5th-6th) marks the opening of the 2015 Shenzhen Urbanism Architecture B-City Biennale, where the V&A’s Shekou team is presenting a small exhibition. After an intense period of work, we’ve just put the final touches on our display, Unidentified Acts of Design, eight short stories about design and production in Shenzhen. The display […]

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From Maker Spaces to Making Culture

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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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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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