Creative & Cultural Skills heads to Shanghai as part of new skills project
Programme Director, Rob West, recently joined Falmouth University and University of Nottingham on a trip to Shanghai as part of a pilot project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
UK-China Creative Industries Partnership Development Grants will be delivered over four years in partnership with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK; the Shanghai Theatre Academy; and the Shanghai Economy and Information Technology Commission.
The trip gathered industry partners from Hollywood, China's post-production visual effects sector, and performing arts venues in both countries to collaborate with and guide an international team of researchers to aid the growth of Shanghai's creative industries.
Speaking at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Rob shared some of the skills issues facing the UK and placed the skills challenges of Shanghai in a global context. He later took part in a creative workshop at the Shanghai Theatre Academy on co-designing cross-cultural characters to symbolise the relationship between the UK and China. The workshop was led by led by Jennifer Lim, founding member of BEATS: British East Asians in Theatre and Screen.
Twinned research hubs in Shanghai and Nottingham are planned to investigate prospects for upskilling Chinese workers as well as generating comparative research of international excellence.
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