The Fourth Edition of the International Awards for Art Criticism (IAAC 4)

Commissary

Jury

Organizer

The Organizing Committee of the International Art Critics Award

Co-organizer

Sponsor

China Minsheng Bank, Anxin trust co., ltd., Shanghai Minsheng Art Foundation

About IAAC

The Fourth Edition of the International Awards for Art Criticism (IAAC 4) of 2017 is open to candidates from anywhere in the world, writing in Chinese or English about any contemporary art exhibition held between 20 September 2016 and 20 September 2017. Only pieces of unpublished new writing will be eligible for consideration.

The First Prize will consist of a cash award of 10,000 Euros or the RMB equivalent of this amount (currently, around 80,000 RMB) and a fully funded short programme of visits and meetings in Shanghai or London. Each of the three Second Prizes will be awarded a cash prize of 3,500 Euros or the RMB equivalent of this amount (currently, around 30,000 RMB). The level of the Awards is pegged to a fixed amount in Euro, but international Award winners may choose to be paid either in Euro or in RMB at the official exchange rate on the day that the payment is effected.

The Organising Committee of the International Awards for Art Criticism aims to support independent critical coverage of contemporary art, away from the immediate pressures of the market, media and private patronage. The Awards are to stimulate good writing, critical thinking and dialogue and research in China, the UK and wider afield.

The objectivity of the selection process is underpinned, both by the recognised professionalism of the Chinese and English-speaking jury members and by the strict anonymity of the judging process.

Introduction To The Jury Members For The IAAC 4 (2017)
  • 安东尼娅•卡弗 Antonia Carver

    Antonia Carver

  • 沈揆一

    Shen Kuiyi

  • 蒂姆•马娄 Tim Marlow

    Tim Marlow

  • 龚彦

    Gong Yan

  • 印度Raqs媒体小组 Raqs Media Collective

    Raqs Media Collective

Introduction to the Selection Process

The objectivity of the selection process is underpinned, both by the recognised professionalism of the Chinese and English-speaking jury members and by the strict anonymity of the judging process.

All valid entries will initially be sorted and shortlisted by the organisers and academic partners in China and the UK, then translated into Chinese (for English entries) or English (for Chinese entries).

The final adjudication will be in English, at a meeting of the combined panel of Chinese and English-speaking judges towards middle of November in Shanghai, and announced to the media immediately afterwards.

Application Procedures

Eligibility to Apply

The awards are open to all, there is no age limit and we welcome entries from individuals representing a wide range of backgrounds from anywhere in the world, writing in Chinese or English.

Entrants are required to submit a piece of critical writing about a contemporary art exhibition held anywhere in the world, between 24 September 2016 and 23 September 2017. The start and end dates of the exhibition may fall outside these dates, but the exhibition must have been open to the public at some stage during this period.

Application Procedure

Candidates should download and complete the application form from this webpage and submit it to the relevant email address below with the attachment of critical writing:

Chinese language submissions should be sent to iaac@21msms.com
English language submissions should be sent to iaac@rca.ac.uk

Closing date for entries: 24 September 2017

Notice

Submissions may be no longer than 1,500 English words or 2,000 Chinese characters in length. Variations in length of more than 10 % either way are likely to be rejected.

Submissions may be accompanied by a maximum of three images of the relevant exhibition, which are cleared for publication(please give full captions and acknowledgments!). There is, however, no requirement to submit images of the relevant exhibition. Only provide images, if you consider them to be necessary to your discussion of the exhibition in question.

Submissions should be sent electronically as a single PDF file no greater than 4MB-i.e an 'optimised' pdf. (The entire email should not be more than 5MB).

All entries will be anonymised for the judges, but please include personal information and brief exhibition details in the body of the application form, for administrative purposes.

Publishing rights on all texts must be assigned to the organisers.

FAQs

Q1: Who can participate in this event?
A: People of any age, with or without a professional background in art, who are interested in writing about art in an informed critical way is welcome to submit.

Q2: How can I apply?
A: Participants may submit their entries by email (in PDF format) to iaac@rca.ac.uk on or before 24 September 2016. They may also include three photos of the works in JPG format, but the size of the email should not exceed 5 megs, overall.

Q3: Could I submit more than one piece of critical writing?
A: Each participant may submit only ONE entry to the IAAC each year.

Q4: What shall be the major focus of the submission? 
A: The submission should be a piece of critical writing related to an art exhibition, which might focus on the exhibition itself, the artworks on display , the artists participating in the exhibition, and the overall context.

Q5: Should the relevant exhibition be held between 24 September 2016 and 23 September 2017?
A: While the start and end dates of the exhibition may fall outside these dates, the exhibition must have been open to the public at some stage during the stated dates.

Q6: Where should the relevant exhibition be located? What kind of exhibition should it be? 
A: The exhibition could be held anywhere in the world. However, its main focus must be on contemporary art.

Q7: Should I submit images related to the relevant exhibition? 
A: Submissions may be accompanied by a maximum of three images of the relevant exhibition, which are cleared for publication(please give full details and acknowledments!). The organisers accept no responsibility for obtaining copyright clearance for visual material or any related issues. However, there is no requirement to submit images of the relevant exhibition, and you should only do so, if you consider they are necessary complements to your text.

Q8: Should the submission adhere strictly to the word limits?
A: Yes, Chinese submissions should be strictly limited to 2000 characters, and English submissions to 1500 words, including footnotes. Variations in length of more than 10 % either way are likely to be rejected.

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