Rain Wu (* 1987, Tainan) is a Taiwanese artist and architect based in London. Her work is conceptually driven and materialises in different forms and scales from drawing, sculpture, food performance to architectural installation. She works with perishable materials to instigate discussions around our manifold relationships with nature. 

      She graduated from Royal College of Art and University College London. Her artwork has been exhibited in Sharjah Biennial (2017), Taipei Biennial (2016), The Palestinian Museum (2017), London Design Biennale (2016), Istanbul Design Biennial (2020); she was in residence at the Design Museum London (2016) and The Van Eyck (2018-9).

       She is currently a lecturer at University of the Arts London and Goldsmiths University. 



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Represented by Informality


Selected Talks & Presentations

2022        26 November: The Shape of the Circle in the Dream of the Fish curated by Lucia Pietroiusti/ Serpentine Galleries & Filipa Ramos/ Galeria Municipal do Porto.

2022        16 November: Food Cosmogonies: Expeditions 2022-23, online course run by The Gramounce (online)

2022        31 October: Climate Challenge: Creative Collaborations project launch lecture, organised by UAL CCW Design Schools x Design Museum London (UK) 

2022        23-25 October: Abu Dhabi Cultural Summit (AE)

2022        2 October: Grottesco Torino (IT) In conversation with Federico Campagna, organised by Matt Didemus.


Selected Exhibitions

2023        One with the Soil, One with the Cloud/ Manar Abu Dhabi (UAE)
2023        Simultaneous Melodies/ GroundWork Gallery, King’s Lynn (UK)
2022        As Above, So Below/ Porto Architecture Film Festival (PT)

2022        Exhibition design for Mori by Su Yu Hsin/ UCCA (CN)

2022        Festa Cipolla/ Villa Lena (IT)

2022        Mycelium Pavilion/ Cambridge Festival (UK)

2022        Hue/ Ecotone of Collective Lives (on Gather.town/ KR)

2021         From Nature group exhibition/ Informality Gallery (UK)

2020        As Above, So Below/ Istanbul Design Biennale (TR)

2020        The New Age Of Humanism/ Spazio Nobile Brussels (BE)

2019         The Sea Rises and Totally Still / Sea Views (FI)

2019         Facsimile Of A Breeze / Walk&Talk Azores (PT)

2019         Simultaneous Melodies/ Corridor Project Space Amsterdam (NL)

2019         We Move Silently Towards The Far Shore /Van Eyck (NL)

2018         From Strata of Memory to Layers of Rock /Fondation Thalie (BE)

2018         The Tea Set /Asia Now, Paris (FR)

2018         The Tea Set /Woodruff Arts Centre, Atlanta Design Festival (US)


2018         Bread /Van Eyck (NL)

2017          The Rock Nobody Could Lift /Keelung Ciao (TW)


2017          Threshold of Being /The Palestinian Museum (Palestine)


2017          Non-Human Narratives /Van Eyck (NL)


2017          Collectivism /Sharjah Biennial 13 (UAE)

2017          Incarnation, Taiwan Pavilion/Somerset House (UK)

2016          The Tea Set, Designers in Residence 2016/Design Museum (UK)

2016          Eatopia, Taiwan Pavilion /London Design Biennale (UK)

2016          Collectivism, Taipei Biennial /Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TW)


2015          Agloe /Gallerie Pierre (TW)

2015          Eataipei, Tent London /London Design Festival (UK)


2014          Plastica /Redbull Studios (UK)


2014          Canvas, Shao-Yen SS15 /Platform Theatre (UK)


2014          Ripples, Shao-Yen AW14 /Somerset House (UK)


2013          Fabrica de Sonhos /Lisbon Architecture Triennale (PT)


Awards

2023         a-n Artist Bursary (UK)
2021          Liverpool Biennial x a-n Artist Bursary (UK)

2018          Artist in Residence /Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (NL)

2016          Designer in Residence  /Design Museum, London (UK)


2013          Third Prize:Taipei Fine Arts Museum X-Site 2014 (TW) 


2011            Winner: Lisbon Architecture Triennale Universities Award (PT)




Selected Teaching

2017~         Associate Lecturer, UAL (UK)

2021~         Tutor, BA Design Goldsmiths University, London (UK)

2021~2       Pathway Leader in Architecture, CSVPA, Cambridge (UK)

2020         Associate Lecturer, Canterbury School of Architecture, UCA (UK)

2019          Architecture tutor, Maastricht Master of Architecture ZUYD (NL)

2018          Architecture studio tutor, Bartlett Summer School (UK)

2017          Malaquais Intensifs, Paris (FR)

2015          Lecturer, National Cheng Kung University (TW)

2013,4,7   AcrossRCA, SustainRCA, Royal College of Art (UK)


Publications

2018          From Strata of Memory to Layers of Rock (ISBN 9789072076939)

2018          RARA: Speak (ISBN 9789072076915)




Qualifications


2015          RIBA Part III qualified British Architect


2011-13      Architecture MA, Royal College of Art


2006-9     Architecture BSc, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL


Architecture

2020         Practice Architecture (London, UK)

2011-15      Carmody Groarke Architects (London, UK)


2012          Sou Fujimoto Architects (Tokyo, Japan)


2010         Metropolitan Workshop (London, UK)


2009        Building Design Partnership (London, UK)




Selected Press and Interviews

2022         Inside Art 124

2022         Parole.cc

2021          Ocula Magazine ‘From Nature: The Materials Are the Message’

2020        TLmag 33 ‘To Appear and Disappear with Lightness’

2018         Artnet News- 10 of the Most Exciting Artists to Discover at FIAC and Its Satellite Fairs in Paris

2018         TLmag (Nearch Edition, Interview)

2016-18    MA! Design Is Human (The Tea Set, Eatopia, Eataipei)


2017          Design Magazine Taiwan (Interview)

2017          Perspective Magazine (Interview)

2016          Frame Magazine (Interview)