As a tie-in with its major exhibition China Design Now, the V&A hosts Creative China: Contemporary Visual Culture, Architecture and Design Conference in early June.

The two-day event, organized in collaboration with King's College London, looks at the current state of Chinese visual culture, design and urbanism, and the ways in which they have been affected by the country's wildfire economic development and social change.

Featuring presentations from academics and design professionals from China, Europe and Britain, and panel discussions, the conference examines themes touched on in the exhibition, including changing cultural identities and emerging new practices in art and design. The conference looks at fine art, photography and film as well as graphic design, fashion, product design, architecture and urban planning.

Speakers include:

- Bao Mingxin, Fashion, Art & Design Department, Donghua University, Shanghai
- Stefan Landsberger, Sinological Institute, University of Leiden
- Ou Ning, Designer, Filmmaker and Curator
- Hans Ulrich Obrist, Director of International Projects and Co-Director Exhibitions and Programmes, Serpentine Gallery
- Zhang Hongxing, Co-Curator, China Design Now
- Neville Mars, Dynamic City Foundation, Beijing
- Xiaolu Guo, Writer and filmmaker
- Sir Michael Bichard, Chairman, Design Council
- Freeman Lau, President, Hong Kong Design Centre
- Gao Shiming, Director, Centre of Visual Culture Research, China Academy of Art
- Charles Knevitt, Director, RIBA Trust
- Jiang Jun, Editor-in-Chief, Urban China Magazine, Shanghai
- Chris Berry, Professor of Film and Television Studies, Goldsmiths College
- Yao Yingjia, Executive Director, Lenovo Innovation Design Centre
- Miriam Rayman, Future Laboratory
- Wu Zhiqiang, College of Architecture and Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai
- John Heskett, Chair Professor of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The conference takes place June 6-7. For reservations, email [email protected]; for more information see the Web site.