Links Modular Solutions are a leading provider of high-quality, innovative software solutions for leisure facilities. Our software suite includes modules such as POS, Classes, Members, Facility…read more
V&A Museum develops Shekou Design Museum in Shenzhen
The Chinese city of Shenzhen is seeking to reinvent itself as a creative hub for China’s new economic vision with the planned opening of a huge design museum in partnership with Britain’s V&A.
Set to open in 2017, the Shekou Design Museum is part of a huge development project by the Chinese Government-backed China Merchants Group.
The museum, located in the Seaworld Arts and Culture Centre in the Shekou district of Shenzhen will be the V&A’s first major foray outside of Britain and the first time a museum has entered into this type of partnership abroad.
The V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum - located in London's South Kensington) possesses one of the most comprehensive collections of Chinese art outside of East Asia with a collection of approximately 18,000 objects, with examples from all branches of Chinese art including ceramics, jade, metalwork, lacquer, textiles, furniture, sculpture, ivory, bamboo, rhinoceros horn, glass, paintings, manuscripts and prints.
The Shekou Design Museum is part of Shenzhen, described by Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post (SCMP) as “a city of knock-offs”, trying to reinvent itself as a hub for home-grown designers.
Luisa E. Mengoni, head of the Shekou V&A Gallery told the SCMP “this is us coming to China and trying to engage with what is happening with China’s creative communities.
“We’re developing a new collaboration model working in partnership with an organisation in China, which is one of the countries that is the most important for us.”
In the last week, the V&A’s Shekou team has unveiled a small exhibition at the 2015 Shenzhen Urbanism Architecture B-City Biennale.
Housed in a former flour factory, the Biennale runs until 28th February.
Biennale co-Curator Doreen Heng Liu told the SCMP “people in Shenzhen don’t have the burden of history, they want to create something of their own.
“It’s fast adapting compared to other cities in China. Young people really feel at home here because Shenzhen gives them a lot of opportunities.”
Since becoming China’s first Special Economic Zone in 1980, and the first city people from across China could move to freely, Shenzhen has ballooned from a tiny fishing village to a vast metropolis of 10 million people.
China’s government has sought to make Shenzhen a focus of its drive to promote home-grown creative industries as it shifts away from an export-led economic model in the face of stalling growth.
The city was named a UNESCO city of design in 2008.
For mroe information Shekou Design Museum go to www.vam.ac.uk/shekou
Images show artists impressions of the Shekou Design Museum.
18th April 2015 - PRICELESS CHINESE TREASURES ON DISPLAY AT NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA
11th June 2013 - MUSEUMS DRIVE ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL TRANSFORMATION
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp) is an expert retail and marketing services team specialising in sports, leisure, aquatics, fitness, health, wellness & recreation industry. Using proven…read more
Tim Batt Water Solutions are at the very forefront of the commercial aquatic business in Australia, with over 30 years specific experience supplying and installing chemical control and dosing…read more
Neptune Benson is a manufacturer of high quality water filtration and disinfection products for the recreational, industrial, and municipal water markets. With more than 20,000 installations…read more
SICO is at the forefront in innovative mobile folding and rolling, space efficient tables, stages, dance floors and many other products which help our customers optimise their use of space. Image…read more
Crystal Pools has a solid history of performance on a wide variety of government and commercial projects and is the name behind many of Australia’s most innovative and ambitious aquatic…read more
The Fitness Generation is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/read more
Leisure Concepts brings the world’s leading fitness equipment brands to Australasia - these include True Fitness, Atlantis Strength, Merrithew (Stott Pilates), Intenza Fitness,…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!