International Awards for Art Criticism

Deadline: 15 October 2014
Open to: writers worldwide writing in Chinese or English about contemporary art exhibitions
Award: €6000 and a fully funded two-week residency in Shanghai or London, in spring 2015


The International Awards of Art Criticism (IAAC) will be hosted by an International Board, adjudicated by and international jury and organised by the Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum (M21), in partnership with the Royal College of Art, London, and in association with the UK Section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). The Awards aim to support independent critical coverage of contemporary art, away from the immediate pressures of the market, media and private patronage. They seek to stimulate good writing, critical thinking, dialogue and research in China, the UK and wider afield.


The competition is open to candidates of any age from anywhere in the world, writing in Chinese or English about any contemporary art exhibition held between 30 September 2013 and 30 September 2014.


First prize 

A cash award of 6,000 Euros and a fully funded two-week residency in Shanghai or London, in spring 2015.

Second prize

There will be two second prizes that will consist of a fully funded travel bursary for a two-week residency in Shanghai or London around the same time.


Interested candidates must complete the application form and submit a piece of critical writing about a contemporary art exhibition. The critique should be no longer than 2,000 words or 1,500 Chinese characters in length and may be accompanied by a maximum of three images. All documents must be sent to:

The deadline to apply is 15 October 2014.

For further information please visit the official website.

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