As part of Shanghai Expo 2010, students will run a live project from the MA Curating Contemporary Design course run by Kingston University and the Design Museum London. The project will be developed in partnership with students and staff from the curating programme at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou and is supported by the British Council’s Student Mobility programme. The aim of the project is to devise ways in which the legacy of the Expo can be used to build and develop creative links between the two great cities of Shanghai and London.
Throughout May, eight curating postgraduates students from Kingston will work with 20 curating students from Hangzhou to a brief set by the British Council. At the same time tutors from the Chinese Academy of Arts will work with students at Kingston. On May 25th they will present a series of curating proposals to an industry panel of judges, with the winning idea then developed as a live event to run in London and Shanghai during the London Design Festival, 18 – 26 September 2010. You can track the progress on the project online though a Blog as it develops on the KINGSTON UNIVERSITY website throughout the summer until the event runs live.
The legacy project developed by the students from Kingston University and China Academy of Art will aim to nurture existing relationships between the two countries and help create new contacts between creative groups. In particular key topics such as bio-diversity and climate change will addressed in response to the unique design of Thomas Heatherwick’s British Pavilion and the partnership with the Millennium Seed Bank.
The project will attempt to ensure that Shanghai Expo 2010 has a lasting legacy beyond this year and continues to engage and connect with people throughout the decade to come.
On May 5th at Knights Park Kingston University there will a reception to launch the project and welcome our Visiting Tutors from China Academy of Art.
For further details please contact Professor Catherine McDermott: C.McDermott@kingston.ac.uk