INVITATION to APPLY for CCAA CHINESE CONTEMPORARY ART CRITIC AWARD 2009
ABOUT CHINESE CONTEMPORARY ART AWARD CCAA
The Contemporary Chinese Art Awards CCAA was set up in 1997 by Uli Sigg, collector and former Swiss ambassador to China. It is given biannually to Chinese artists and art critics who show particular talent in artistic creation and in its critique, in order to encourage their professional development through publications and exhibitions, and to foster a wider public appreciation of what today’s Chinese art contributes to contemporary culture.
ABOUT CCAA CHINESE CONTEMPORARY ART CRITIC AWARD
The vibrant Chinese contemporary art scene lacks sufficient independent art criticism. At present, the market is virtually the sole arbiter of what is considered good or bad work. This exclusivity of judgment, based primarily on commerce, stems from a shortage of alternative resources. China currently has neither enough museums willing and able to participate in the discourse through strong curatorial practice, nor enough self-directed critics determined to educate a rapidly growing audience that is willing to experience—and, in some cases, invest in—progressive visual art.
The ART CRITIC AWARD addresses these issues by raising the discussion on independent art criticism which is so essential to the advancement of art creation in China, and by granting the winning art critic financial support for an in-depth research project that might otherwise be difficult to fund.
-10,000 euros for a research grant
-Publication in 2010 of the resulting essay
-Essay outline only, for a piece not to exceed 3000 words in Chinese or 1500 words in English (or, ideally, both languages)
-Self introduction with CV
-One sample of previous writing
-relevance to the current discourse on Chinese contemporary art
-originality in analysis and conclusion
-living and working predominantly in China
Catherine David (former Kassel Documenta Director), Richard Vine (Senior Editor, Art in America), Xu Bing (Vice President of the Central Academy of Fine Arts), Qiu Zhijie (artist / writer)
-at the end of November
-Deadline: Oct. 31, 2009
- Address to be sent:
1F, No.87, Lane 361, Yuyuan Road, Shanghai, China
Please send the application only by mail.
Contact person: Wang Weiwei / email@example.com /86-21 62489501