Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and CHANEL jointly launched The Curatorial Award for Photography and Moving Image in October 2021 at the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival. A three-year programme, the Award aims to support young creative forces in photography and moving image art: to discover and nurture outstanding young Chinese curators and researchers working with these mediums and encourage cross-disciplinary research centred on them. Following an open call for curatorial proposals, a committee of experts will select the finalists and the winner. The finalists’ proposals will be presented through a group exhibition during the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival. The winning proposal will also be in an exhibition touring at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing), and ZiWU (Shanghai), thanks to funding from the programme. The winner will also have access to a mentorship and exchange programme they hold yearly and a cash prize of RMB 100,000.


As the planner and organiser of exhibitions, as well as the researcher and opinion leader in the field of art, the "curator" plays an essential role in the research on the possibility, complexity, and uniqueness of photography and moving image art, as well as its bearings on the concept, culture, and artistic imagination.


With an open and inclusive attitude, the Jimei x Arles Curatorial Award for Photography and Moving Image will continue to encourage more young curators to participate in the sorting and research of photography and moving image art and strive to gain more exposure to facilitate the promotion of superb contemporary creations in this field.





About the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival

Jointly organised by Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and Tianxia Jimei Media, the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival was launched in Xiamen's Jimei District in 2015. Since then, Jimei x Arles has presented more than 200 exhibitions from China and the rest of Asia, as well as a selection of excellent shows from Les Rencontres d'Arles. The exhibitions are primarily presented in the Jimei Citizen Square Main Exhibition Hall and the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre Xiamen, as well as other sites across the island of Xiamen. During the opening week and the entire run of the festival, art lovers and the general public will be able to enjoy a variety of events such as the opening ceremony, the award ceremony, portfolio reviews, lectures, guided tours, performances, screenings, workshops, and field trips.


About Three Shadows Photography Art Centre

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre is China’s first independent institution specialised in contemporary photography, co-founded by the influential Chinese contemporary photographer RongRong and his wife, celebrated Japanese photographer Inri, in June 2007. Since its founding, Three Shadows has been the country’s premiere platform for the presentation, promotion, and international exchange of photography, hosting high-calibre exhibition, lecture, education, publication, artist residency and other events and programmes. Three Shadows Photography Art Centre is comprised of two spaces, north and south: one is situated in Beijing’s Caochangdi Art District, and the other in Xinglinwan, Jimei District in the southern Chinese city of Xiamen. Aside from its exhibition spaces, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre is also home to +3 Gallery, image production facilities, a photography library, a photography education centre, and a photography bookstore.



CHANEL is a private company and a world leader in creating, developing, manufacturing, and distributing luxury products. Founded by Gabrielle CHANEL at the beginning of the last century, CHANEL offers a broad range of high-end creations, including Ready-to-Wear, Leather Goods, Fashion Accessories, Eyewear, Fragrances, Makeup, Skincare, Jewellery, and Watches. CHANEL is also renowned for its Haute Couture collections, presented twice yearly in Paris, and for having acquired a large number of specialised suppliers, collectively known as the Métiers d’ Art. CHANEL is dedicated to ultimate luxury and to the highest level of craftsmanship. It is a brand whose core values remain historically grounded on exceptional creation. As such, CHANEL promotes culture, art, creativity, and “savoir-faire” throughout the world, and invests significantly in people, R&D, and innovation. At the end of 2021, CHANEL employed close to 28,500 people across the world.