Hello Shenzhen

Hello Shenzhen is bilateral residency exchange programme connecting makers in the UK and China.

At Lighthouse in March 2017, we hosted a Chinese researcher, Dr Wen Wen, from Shenzhen University. During the residency Wen and I visited maker spaces in Brighton and mapped maker cultures and networks in Brighton and Shenzhen.

Dr Wen talking at our opening event at the University of Brighton in March 2017

I wrote about that experience on the Lighthouse blog, and the British Council produced a video about the exchange here:

In November 2017, I travelled with Lighthouse to Shenzhen for a return visit, to explore the Chinese experience of making and, in particular, the differences between the UK’s grassroots maker movement and China’s emerging entrepreneurial maker scene.

Vicky Xie, one of my podcast guests, at SZOIL in Shenzhen

I interviewed makers, designers and entrepreneurs for a series of podcasts that have been released on the Looking Sideways feed in early-2018. I also wrote up some thoughts about that experience here.

Find out more about the project on the Lighthouse website.


Hello Shenzhen is a partnership between the British Council, The Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation, and Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab. Hello Shenzhen is developed in partnership with Liz Corbin, Institute of Making, UCL. Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.