Established in 2021, DANGXIA Art Space is a non-profit contemporary art space based in Beijing’s Tianzhu Free-Trade Zone.
Dangxia stands for an openness beyond temporal or spatial constraint. We aspire to provide an inclusive environment to foster and activate creative discourses among artists and scholars. Our mission is to support the practice of emerging Chinese and international artists through a diverse program of exhibitions and research projects, that is often achieved by the exchanges of ideas that are inter-disciplinary or transcultural, inquiring into concerns that are anchored in the urban/rural, cultural/societal development of China.
Dangxia Young Artist Award
“Dangxia Young Artist Award” is a public art award initiated and hosted by Dangxia Art Space. It aims to support and inspire young artists to continue their practice and experiments in contemporary Chinese and international contexts and to facilitate independent, autonomous, and liberal artistic experiments and explorations beyond the market.
By integrating the award jury, exhibition, and support for future art creation, the Dangxia Young Artist Award aims to present the most cutting-edge contemporary art, build an effective platform for young artists to showcase, exchange, learn and share, and help the future development of Chinese contemporary art.
The Dangxia Young Artist Award does not set standards on gender, nationality, region, or creative medium. It aims to provide a relatively broad scope of nominations so that more outstanding artists with potential and determination can showcase, communicate and grow.
Selection Criteria & Process
Starting in 2022, DANGXIA Art Space will invite five professionals active at the forefront of contemporary art to serve as nominators for the award each year, choosing from a wide range of young Chinese artists, at home and abroad, under 45 years of age. Once nominated, the nominees will become candidates for the award, receiving continuous attention and support from the Dangxia Art Space through case studies, dialogues, presentations, and exhibitions and assisting the artists’ growth and development.
The Award will invite a curator to bring together some of the nominated artists to participate in a special exhibition at Dangxia Art Space in Beijing in the same year based on the annual theme. The selection of artists for the exhibition only reflects the year’s curatorial theme. It does not reflect the attitude and evaluation of the award organizer or jury on the artists.
After the exhibition opens, the organizers will uphold the principles of professionalism, fairness, and authority and invite three seasoned experts from China and overseas to form a jury in selecting two artist finalists for the “Dangxia Young Artist Award” among all the nominees, based on the information submitted by the latter. The organizer will provide financial incentives to the recipients.
2022 Dangxia Young Artist Award Exhibition
The first Dangxia Youth Art Award will be launched in the summer of 2022, and its nominators are (in alphabetical order by last name) Leo Li Chen, Zian Chen, Miao Zijin, Lu Xun, and Xi Shaonan. The nominees are (in alphabetical order by last name) Guo Cheng, Gu Xingzi, Lin Shu, Ma Jianfeng, Jiang Ziqi, Han Duyi, Han Zishi, Tan Jing, Tang Chao, Michelle Tam Man Ching (Hong Kong), Yuyu Wang, Wang Ziquan, Wu Ziyang, xindi, Xiong Jiaxiang, Xue Ying(yy?), Naiyun Yang (Taiwan), Yang Wei, Yu Hang, Chris Zhongtian Yuan, Zhang Lian, Zhang Wenxin, Zhiliang Zhao, Zhong Yunshu, Zhu Yingying. Guest curator Li Jia is invited to present the first annual award exhibition, and the show will open on November 19, 2022, at the Dangxia Art Space, 6th Floor, Blanc Art Center, Beijing.