China’s Creative Communities

Timeframe: 2016-2017

China’s Creative Communities: Making Value and The Value(s) of Making was a cross-disciplinary research project that brings together practitioners and academics in the UK and China to network, research, workshop and publicly disseminate ideas and innovations around the multi-faceted value of making in China. Focusing on four values – entrepreneurialism, sustainability, community/agency and creativity – it aims to strengthen China’s multiple maker communities in partnership with the UK, as part of the UK’s broader support for China’s creative industries and knowledge economy. Conceived as a scoping project to enable future, larger international collaborations, the project consists of a series of activities in the UK and Shenzhen that will critically explore the relevance and worth of these values in China’s design, craft, industry and maker communities, identify other values shared with the UK’s own creative communities and consider what the maker movement in China reveals about this global phenomenon.

This research project builds on Living Research: Making in China an AHRC/British Council sponsored research visit to China’s makerspaces in October 2015. In 2016 we published a report on the project, which can be downloaded here: China_s Creative Communities.