Who Can Participate:

· The exhibition proposal must be primarily comprised of photography, moving image, or related installation works and cannot have been publicly exhibited in the past;

· The exhibition must be curated by an individual holding the nationality of the People's Republic of China or a curatorial group of citizens of the People's Republic of China;

· Curators of all ages are welcome to submit proposals, especially curators at the beginning of their careers.


What Should Be Included in the Proposal:

· Curatorial proposal (Chinese and English):

      - Exhibition title and concept (500 Chinese characters/English words)

      - Exhibition texts and reference documents

      - Proposed artist list, artwork list, and descriptions

· Proposal implementation schedule

· Proposed scholarly events and/or public programmes

· Budget, Please refer to the budget template (click to download)

· 1-2 examples of past exhibitions or art criticism

· Curator(s) bio(s), a description of the curatorial group (if applicable), ID card copy(ies), contact information (mailing address and mainland China phone number)

* Any other supplementary materials which can help to present or understand the proposal are welcome.


How to Submit Your Proposal:

Send your submission via email to capmi@threeshadows.cn before 12:00 noon on 29 October 2021.

*Please use “2021 Curatorial Award for Photography and Moving Image + Your Name” as the email subject line.


When and How Will Your Proposal Be Evaluated:

· First Round (30-31 October): Valid submissions will be sorted by Three Shadows Photography Art Centre.

· Second Round (4-5 November): Ten proposals will be selected by the Curatorial Award for Photography and Moving Image Committee. The curators or curatorial groups of those ten proposals will be invited to Shanghai for a workshop and evaluation event. The Award Jury will vote to select five finalist proposals to be displayed at the Curatorial Award for Photography and Moving Image Exhibition during the 2021 Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival.

· Final Round and Award Ceremony (27 November): The ultimate winner will be announced during the Opening Week of the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival.


What Support You May Get:

The Curatorial Award for Photography and Moving Image will provide:

· A reimbursement of travel expenses for curators or groups invited to join the second round workshop and evaluation event in Shanghai.

· The opportunity for finalists to present their 2021 Curatorial Award for Photography and Moving Image proposal at the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival (exhibition set-up: 23-25 November 2021)

· The ultimate winning individual or group will receive a 100,000 RMB (pre-tax) cash prize and an invitation to hold an exhibition at the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing) and ZiWU (Shanghai) in 2022.

· If regular international travel has resumed, the winning individual or group will receive additional funding for overseas research. Otherwise, online research and exchange events may be organised.


Important Information:

· Please read the submission rules carefully. Proposals that do not meet the stated requirements or fail to provide the requested materials will not be considered.

· The artworks chosen for the proposals must be technologically safe and operable for the entirety of the three-month exhibition period. The artworks must be able to withstand international travel and shipping during the pandemic, and meet national fire prevention and safety standards for public spaces.

· In order to present the best possible exhibition, we hope that all curators or curatorial groups will exemplify creativity and a cooperative spirit, have excellent execution capabilities and a strong sense of responsibility. If the winning curator or group fails to abide by the host institution’s management rules or is unable to complete exhibition set-up on schedule, the Curatorial Award for Photography and Moving Image Committee has the right to revoke any Award prizes.


Based on national laws and regulations, individuals or groups who voluntarily submit their proposals to the Award are viewed to have made the following irrevocable copyright statement regarding the submitted proposal:

· The submitted proposal is an original creation of the submitter, and does not infringe upon another party’s rights, including but not limited to, copyrights, portrait rights, trademarks, or any other intellectual property rights. The proposal has not, in any form, appeared in another exhibition or commercial venue. Any violation of these terms may result in the Award Committee removing the proposal from consideration, or rescinding finalist or winner status, and the Award Committee reserves the right to pursue legal action.

· Proposals must consider China’s overall values and circumstances, and must not violate any laws or regulations.

· The submitters retain full copyright of submitted proposals. The exhibition and publication rights are shared by the Curatorial Award for Photography and Moving Image and the submitters.

· The Three Shadows Photography Art Centre website (https://www.threeshadows.cn) and official WeChat and Weibo accounts are the designated platforms for information regarding the Award.

· Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and CHANEL reserve the right to exhibit and publicise all of the winning and finalist proposals.


*The organiser reserves the final right of interpretation for all matters related to the Award.