Shenzhen Design Week 2018 – call for projects

Posted on: 7. February 2018

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About SZDW

Shenzhen Design Week (SZDW), sponsored by the Shenzhen Municipal Government, takes place every year in late April. SZDW is the largest and highest level international professional design event in Shenzhen, covering the widest range of categories. It aims to establish an international platform integrating exchange, promotion, display and education activities, to create a number of branded projects, to promote the exchange and collaboration between Shenzhen and other regions in design sector, and to supply a platform for foreign designers and design companies to enter Chinese market.

With the theme of “Design for the Future”, more than 200 designers from 18 countries participated in the first Shenzhen Design Week in 2017. More than 2,000 design works were on display, including graphic design, product design, fashion design, interactive devices, space and architecture, and multimedia, among others. It attracted more than 100,000 viewers. Except for the main venue at Shekou i-Factory, 45 design events were held at 16 different locations all over the city, including exhibitions, forums, workshops, seminars, family events and so on.

The second Shenzhen Design Week in 2018, with the theme of “Possibilities of Design”, will open on April 20 and conclude on April 30. The main venue is to be set at the Sea World Culture and Arts Center in Shekou, and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Urban Planning in downtown area.


The construction site of Sea World Culture and Arts Center, photo taken in August, 2017 © Design Society

The construction site of Sea World Culture and Arts Center, photo taken in August, 2017 © Design Society


© The Museum of Contemporary Arts and Urban Planning


Calling for projects

We are now calling for projects from all UNESCO Creative Cities for the Special Exhibition of UCCN entitled the Possibilities of Design: UCCN Perspectives, which will one of the key events of Shenzhen Design Week 2018. Intox, a local design company in Shenzhen, was commissioned as curator. Ms. Shuya Yang is the contact person.

The applicants need to submit detailed information including:

  1. The title, outline and details of the projects in English, and at least three high-definition images (1024 x 768 pixels at least, in JPEG format, with a resolution of 300 dpi or more)
  2. The profiles of the applicants and teams (including resumes and achievements, etc.), and high-definition photos and contact information
  3. Installation requirements, if applicable
  4. Stories or exhibiting experience of the projects, if any

The specific requirements and conditions are as follows:

  1. While in general applicants of approved projects should cover the shipping and insurance cost, the curator will select maximum 30 best projects for which the Secretariat will cover the shipping and insurance, if needed.
  2. The projects can vary in disciplines, including but not limited to graphic, industrial and product, fashion, architecture, interior, interactive installation, media arts, etc.
  3. The authors of approved projects should sign an agreement with the organizer, i.e. Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association (SDPA), the text of which will be provided by the Secretariat.


All projects should be submitted before 15th March 2018 by emailing to Ms. Shuya Yang at Result will be sent to all applicants before 31st March. Objects of selected projects should arrive in Shenzhen before 10th April. The exhibition opens on 20th April and will last for about 10 days.

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