Introduction to the Participating Organisations

School of Philosophy, Fudan University

The School of Philosophy at Fudan University, located in Shanghai, was founded in 2006. Its predecessor was Philosophy Department of Fudan University established in 1956, which was one of the earliest philosophy departments established in New China. At present, the School of Philosophy is comprised of the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Philosophy of Science and Logic, the Department of Philosophy of Art, and a number of academic research platforms such as the Research Center for Philosophy of Art, the Research Center for Science and Technological Ethics and Social Governance, and Shanghai Confucian Academy.


The School of Philosophy at Fudan University is one of the most dynamic philosophy faculties in China. Together with the Department of Philosophy at Peking University, it has been rated as two A+ disciplines of philosophy in China. It is also ranked the 31st in the QS global disciplines and therefore enjoys a high academic reputation both at home and abroad. Founded in 2020, the Department of Philosophy of Art offers theoretical study in the history of philosophy, contemporary philosophy, aesthetics, history of art and art theories, through cooperation with art institutions in Shanghai, art philosophy summer school, workshops and serial lectures, it committed to establishing a long-term dialogue between art and philosophy. The School of Philosophy at Fudan University aims to cultivate future-oriented comprehensive talents and promotes academic research as well as academic exchanges, especially international cooperation projects. It has established a number of international double-degree programs, international student and scholar exchange programs, and international cooperative academic research platforms.

Shanghai Jiushi Art Museum Community

The Shanghai Jiushi Art Museum Community (the Community) was established in September 2018 and funded by the Shanghai Jiushi Group, which is a large state-owned enterprise in Shanghai. The Community consists of three pavilions, the Jiushi Art Museum, the Jiushi Art Gallery, and the Jiushi Art Salon, all of which are located in the historic buildings on the Bund managed by the Shanghai Jiushi Group.


The Community focuses on actively researching, exhibiting, promoting Shanghai-style art, showcasing outstanding works of famous Chinese and international artists, and exploring new modes of visual art heritage and expression. Meanwhile, it gives new vitality to the historic buildings on the Bund through the organic combination of art exhibition and historical architecture.


The Royal College of Art started life in 1837 as the Government School of Design, located in Somerset House in the Strand. Following the Great Exhibition of 1851, this relatively small-scale operation was radically transformed to accommodate art as well as design, leading the institution to be rechristened the National Art Training School at its new home in South Kensington. In 1896 it became the Royal College of Art. It is the world's oldest art and design university in continuous operation.


In 1967 the College was granted a Royal Charter, endowing it with university status and the power to grant its own degrees. To this day, the RCA remains the world's most influential wholly postgraduate university institution of art and design, offering MA, MPhil and Ph.D degrees in fine art, applied art, design, communication and humanities. It is the most concentrated community of young artists, designers and communicators to be found anywhere.


Proud of its extraordinary roster of former students and its past successes, the RCA is however very much focused on the future: advancing knowledge and exploring new fields of practice in art, design, architecture, fashion, communication, the humanities and the applied arts.

Edinburgh College of Art

Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) is one of eleven Schools in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Tracing its history back to 1760, it provides higher education in art and design, architecture, history of art, and music disciplines for over two thousand students, and is at the forefront of research and research-led teaching in the creative arts, humanities, and creative technologies. ECA comprises five subject areas: School of Art, Reid School of Music, School of Design, School of History of Art, and Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture (ESALA). ECA is mainly located in the Old Town of Edinburgh, overlooking the Grassmarket; the Lauriston Place campus is located in the University of Edinburgh's Central Area Campus, not far from George Square.


The college was founded in 1760, and gained its present name and site in 1907. Formerly associated with Heriot-Watt University, its degrees have been issued by the University of Edinburgh since 2004. The College formally merged with the University on 1 August 2011, combining with the School of Arts, Culture and Environment and continues to exist with the name Edinburgh College of Art as an enlarged school in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

International Association of Art Critics (AICA)

The International Association of Art Critics (or AICA, as it is universally called after its French acronym) was founded in 1949–50, and is an official non-governmental partner of UNESCO. Its objective is to support art criticism in all its forms worldwide, and to keep pace with its changing disciplines. Its principal objective is to serve contemporary creativity.


AICA’s head office, located in Paris, represents and promotes the activities of the Association’s approximately 4,600 members from some 85 countries, grouped into 63 different national or regional Sections, in addition to a small international ‘Open Section’. The Association’s overheads are entirely financed by the subscriptions of its members and patrons. The Association organises an Annual Congress, each time in a different part of the world, and sponsors publications, prizes and related activities.