About IAAC

The Sixth Edition of the International Awards for Art Criticism (IAAC 6) 2019, was open to candidates from anywhere in the world writing in Chinese or English about any contemporary art exhibition held between 15 September 2018 and 15 September 2019. Candidates are invited to write a review of 1,500 words or 2,500 Chinese characters on any exhibition of contemporary art. An announcement of the Sixth Edition of the Awards, to run from May to September 2019 will be made in 24 May 2019.

Opening Agenda for The Sixth Edition of the International Awards for Art Criticism

14:30 - 14:35
Speech: Co-chair of the Board and Executive Committee of IAAC,
The Director of Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum Gan Zhiyi

14:35 - 15:35
Talk: Writing about art: why? And who for?
Guests: Lewis Biggs & Gerard Hemsworth

15:35 - 16:05
Talk: Dilemma in Subjectivity of writing
Guests: Anthony Yung, Su Wei, Wang Huan

16:05 - 16:20
Speech: Inspiration, Appropriation, Acculturation
Guests: Peter Oakley

16:20 - 16:30
Media Inquiries & Group Photo

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 affected.
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.