A day of conversations around artistic and academic exchange between the UK and China. Speakers will talk through what makes successful collaborations, looking at how to foster good relationships and create meaningful work together.

There are contributions from the British Council, Arts Council England, Open Eye Gallery, University of Salford Art Collection, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art and Frieze, as well as presentations by artists working between the UK and China. This seminar aims to be a site for critical and imaginative discussion, as well as a site on which to build connections.

This seminar is free and open to everyone. It is useful for anyone interested in art, academia and international exchange, especially those looking to build platforms for cultural collaboration between the UK and China.

There will also be the opportunity to see Liz Hingley’s newly opened Shanghai Sacred, installed on a bamboo scaffolding structure made by Chen Hang Feng, as part of LOOK Photo Biennial.


10am: Registration and networking

11am-12.15pm: Panel discussion
How do institutions support long-term relationships?
What is the benefit to artists and freelancers?

  • Ying Tan — British Council
  • Nicola Smyth — Arts Council England
  • Alistair Small — Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
  • Lindsay Taylor — University of Salford Art Collection
  • Sarah Fisher — Open Eye Gallery
  • Dinah Birch — University of Liverpool

12.15-1.15pm: Lunch break

13:15 – 13:50: Presentation of Work
Artists, photographers, critical writers and sector networks share their experience and best practices in building relationships between UK and China. 5 – 7 minutes each about building networks of exchange in working between UK & China.

  • Yan Wang Preston – Sony World Photo Award-winning Photographer, currently working with Liverpool’s Mandarin-speaking population.
  • Liz Hingley – lead artist for LOOK Photo Biennial Chapter One, an anthropologist and photographer working across UK and Shanghai.
  • Chen Hang Feng — Artist based in Shanghai, collaborator with Liz Hingley.
  • Francesca Girelli — Frieze Content Operations Manager and former Arthub Curator
  • Derek Man – Photographer, working with the Cantonese-speaking community in Liverpool’s Chinatown, the oldest in Europe.
  • Paul Herrmann — Director of Redeye, the Photographer’s Network.
  • Jamie Wyld – Founder of videoclub, a platform for artist’s films.

2-3pm: One-to-ones with all speakers
All speakers will be available for questions/discussion about how to make connections.



LOOK Photo Biennial 2019 takes place across Liverpool, The Wirral, the wider North West and in Shanghai. It is delivered by Open Eye Gallery, and funded by Arts Council England, Liverpool City Council and The Foyle Foundation. It is delivered in partnership with Wirral Borough of Culture, University of Salford Art Collection, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and Redeye. Venue partners include Victoria Gallery & Museum, Museum of Liverpool, Williamson Gallery & Museum, and the University of Central Lancashire. Further funding support comes from Spectrum and Colloids.

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