As part of the GREAT Britain campaign, the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural and educational opportunities, today announced a major exhibition co-presented with Taipei Fine Arts Museum, New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio. The exhibition in Taipei showcases the innovation and creative process of Heatherwick Studio, founded by renowned British designer Thomas Heatherwick. The exhibition, curated by Kate Goodwin, Head of Architecture and the Drue Heinz Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, has toured to Singapore, China and Hong Kong; and will be on display in Taipei Fine Arts Museum from 5 March – 15 May 2016.
Founded in 1994, the multi-disciplinary Heatherwick Studio is recognised for its work in architecture, urban infrastructure, design and strategic thinking. From the award-winning UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo to the inspirational reimagining of Hong Kong’s Pacific Place, as well as projects like the New Bus for London, the 2012 London Olympic Games Cauldron, and the NTU Learning Hub in Singapore, the studio has shown a dedication to finding and producing creative design solutions.
The exhibition features projects from 20 years of Heatherwick Studio, ranging in scale from furniture to urban masterplanning. By utilising the studio’s extensive archive, including 1:1 scale prototypes, models, test pieces, drawings and photographs, the exhibition aims to provide an insight to the studio’s fascinating exploration of new ideas, materials, techniques and processes.
New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio exhibition:
Exhibition Date: 5 March – 15 May 2016
Venue: Taipei Fine Arts Museum, No. 181, Section 3, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10461
Opening Hours: 9.30 – 17.30 (Saturday until 20.30) Closed on Mondays.
Public Lecture by Thomas Heatherwick ─ New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio Opening Event
A Public Lecture by Thomas Heatherwick
5 March, Saturday, 16: 30-18: 30
Established by Thomas Heatherwick in 1994, Heatherwick Studio is recognised for its work in architecture, urban infrastructure, sculpture, design and strategic thinking. Having designed projects ranging in scope from a limited edition handbag to an urban master plan, Heatherwick Studio refuses to specialize and embraces the continuity of designing across different scales. In this talk, Thomas Heatherwick will present a series of the studio’s past and present projects, with a focus on the working process and the studio’s approach to new briefs.
Curating The Extraordinary ─ New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio Opening Events
A Talk by Kate Goodwin
Curating The Extraordinary
5 March, 2016, Sunday. 10: 30-12:00
Kate Goodwin is Head of Architecture and Drue Heinz Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, overseeing a programme of events and exhibitions which stimulates a debate about architecture and its intersection with the arts. She curated the acclaimed exhibition Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined, (January- April 2014) at the Royal Academy and is curator of New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio. She was awarded a RIBA Honorary Fellowship in 2016 in recognition of her contribution to the profession.
New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio Maker’s Masterclass
Do you want to learn more about how Heatherwick Studio make projects happen? To coincide with the Inside Heatherwick Studio exhibition at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, come take part in this one-off masterclass to discover more about the studio’s approach to design and the role of invention, making and materials to realising a range of projects. Led by Darragh Casey, Maker at Heatherwick Studio, this masterclass will include a short presentation, discussion and visit to the exhibition.
Masterclass with Darragh Casey, Maker at Heatherwick Studio
6 March 2016, Sunday. 10:30-12:00
About Darragh Casey
Darragh Casey is a maker at Heatherwick Studio, working on a team to produce material tests, mock-ups, prototypes and models. Darragh joined with a background in furniture design and model making, and has worked on projects ranging from the Google campus in California to a cancer care centre in Leeds. In the exhibition, he helped with models of the UK Pavilion in Shanghai and B of the Bang. Darragh has shown work at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and his book Shelving the Body was published by Soapbox Press in 2014.