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Wei Shen

MA work

Questioning a Chinese art museum

The project develops from my dissertation, which looked at the cultural phenomenon of private art museum boom in China in recent 10 years. While the western museums are suffering cuts in public funding, many of them facing uncertain futures the opposite is true in China. There seems to be more interest in art than ever before. They are emerging partly as a result of public demand but mostly to reflect a sense of national identity and confidence linked to continued financial and economic growth. However, many of these highly promoted and architecturally celebrated buildings remain empty following their grand opening. Meanwhile, there does not seem to be any middle ground or room for conversation. My work aims to provide a context behind the empty space, to facilitate a platform for discussion by gathering interviews I conducted with people from the local community; the curator; and also visitors who coming to this particular art museum.  The role that this project has assumed is to observe and to make us reconsider the way we connect with and understand art in museums and exhibition context.


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Visual Communication, 2017

  • I am a research based graphic designer, sometimes over-thinker with a passion for museums and cultural identity. My practice looks at ways of how communication design could function as a form of activated journalism to reach the public, to facilitate platforms for wider discussions and raise awareness on socio-political issues. How could my design challenge the one-sided approach of the mainstream media, to talk back to the current situation in related cultural context; how art projects can directly impact diverse publics, broadening the experience of art beyond the constraints of the museums are themes I am drawn into and passionate to explore further.

  • Degrees

  • BA Graphic Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, 2014
  • Experience

  • Dentsu Inc, Internship, Shanghai, China, 2012; VISION Magazine, Internship, Beijing, China, 2014
  • Exhibitions

  • The Point, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design BA Degree Show, London, UK, 2014; UK Chinese Student Design Show, China Design Centre, London, UK, 2014; Memories of the Future, Space Programme RCA, London, UK, 2015; The Common Room, Unclassified, RCA, London, UK, 2016; Work In Progress Show, RCA, London, UK, 2017