British Council and Taipei Fine Arts Museum present ‘New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio’

Heatherwick venue

19 February 2016 (TAIPEI) – 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.

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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.

The British Council is committed to bringing the highest quality of UK creativity to Taiwan, generating creative debate through public talks, workshops and guided tours to enrich Taiwan’s educational and cultural scene and to offer learning opportunities and arts experiences for the general public.

Supported by the GREAT Britain campaign which showcases the best of British creativity to the world, the exhibition aims to provide a platform for other British companies and designers to develop new collaborations and generate new business opportunities. It is launched as part of New British Inventors, a series of films, talks, workshops and masterclasses that will promote the best in British design, architecture, engineering, fashion, technology, industrial design, furniture and transport design in some of the world’s most important established and emerging markets.


New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio exhibition details:

Exhibition Date: 5 March – 15 May 2016

Opening Ceremony: 5 March 2016, 2pm

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.


For information of the exhibition, please visit or the exhibition microsite:  Inside Heatherwick Studio

Heatherwick introduction