The Spirit of Ceramics: 2021 Jingdezhen International Ceramic Art Biennale


The spirit of ceramics runs throughout China, the motherland of ceramics. As the ancient capital of Chinese porcelain and sacred place of world ceramic culture, Jingdezhen has greatly contributed to the prosperity and development of human civilization, embodying the past, present and future of ceramics.

In 2019, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China approved the establishment of the Jingdezhen National Ceramic Culture Inheritance and Innovation Pilot Zone, which reflects the vision and strategy of the country to accelerate the development of ceramic culture. In order to promote the development of the Pilot Zone and create a new platform for cultural exchange with other countries, the People’s Government of Jingdezhen Municipality and Jingdezhen Ceramic University have jointly established and launched the Jingdezhen International Ceramic Art Biennale. Aiming to closely connect Jingdezhen with the outside world, the biennale will build a new platform for international and regional cooperation, exchange and mutual understanding with ceramic culture as the medium to let the world grasp and feel the China’s responsibility and mission for the prosperity and development of world ceramic culture.

The Spirit of Ceramics: 2021 Jingdezhen International Ceramic Art Biennale will promote the ethical and emotional interaction generated between human beings, clay and fire, art and science. The Biennale will also strengthen the role of ceramics in the integration of multiculturalism, and confront the challenges and future of ceramic art with open visions, great wisdom and all-inclusive minds.


Sponsors

The People’s Government of Jingdezhen Municipality
Jingdezhen Ceramic University
China Arts and Entertainment Group Ltd.
International Academy of Ceramics


Guidance Counselors

China Artists Association
China Ceramic Industry Association
China Fine Arts Publishing Group Co., Ltd.
China Culture Promotion Association
China Society for the Promotion of Cultural and Art Development
Jiangxi Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism
Jiangxi Federation of Literary and Art Circles


Organizers

China International Art Exhibition Co., Ltd.
Jingdezhen Ceramic Culture Tourism Development Co., Ltd.
International Cooperation Office, Jingdezhen Ceramic University
The Art Museum of Jingdezhen Ceramic University
School of Ceramic Art, Jingdezhen Ceramic University
School of Art and Design, Jingdezhen Ceramic University
School of International Studies, Jingdezhen Ceramic University


Academic Advisers

Ceramic Art Committee of Chinese Artists Association
Jiangxi Artists Association
Ceramic Art Institution, China Central Academy of Fine Arts
School of Crafts, China Academy of Art
Beijing Guozhong Ceramic Art Research Institute
Jingdezhen China Ceramics Museum
Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum
Art Gallery of Jingdezhen Ceramic Art Avenue
Jingdezhen San Bao International Ceramic Valley
The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, USA
The European Ceramic Work Centre, NL
Arctic Ceramic Centre,FI
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park,JP
Korea Ceramic Foundation
Alfred University, USA
Staffordshire University,UK
École Nationale Supérieure d’art de Limoges,FR


Organizations

Organizing Committee of the Biennale:
Directors:

Liu Feng, Secretary of Jingdezhen Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China(CPC)
Mei Shican, Secretary of CPC Party Committee of Jingdezhen Ceramic University
Hu Xuemei, Mayor of Jingdezhen Municipal Government
Torbjørn Kvasbø , President of International Academy of Ceramics

Vice Directors:

Jacque Kaufmann, Honorary president of International Academy of Ceramics
Ning Gang, Member of Discipline Group (Design) of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council
Liu Chaoyang, Member of the Standing Committee of Jingdezhen Municipal Party Committee, director of the Publicity Department of Jingdezhen City
Liu Zili, Vice director of Jingdezhen National Ceramic Culture Inheritance and Innovation Pilot Zone
Yin Peng, Deputy general manager of China International Art Exhibition Co., Ltd.
Zheng Zhi, Chairman of the Board of China Yuanyang Investment Group, director of Beijing Guozhong Ceramic Gallery

Chief Curators:

Lyu Pinchang, Acting president and professor of Jingdezhen Ceramic University
Torbjørn Kvasbø, President of International Academy of Ceramics

Executive Curators:

Jin Wenwei, Vice director of the Art Gallery and professor of Jingdezhen Ceramic University
Ranti Tjan, Dean of the European Ceramic Work Centre

Assistant Curators:

Zhao Lantao, Deputy dean and professor of School of Ceramic Art, Jingdezhen Ceramic University
Li Chao, Dean of the Center of International Cultural Exchanges, Jingdezhen Ceramic University
Wan Liya, Council member of the International Academy of Ceramics and representative for China

Executive members:

Hou Wenquan, Zhao Gang, Wang Xiaoli, Zhao Chuanyu, Zhang Jingjing, Hou Tiejun, Shao Changzong, Huang Xuanlin


Biennale Art Committee

(Listed in alphabetical order)
Honorary Directors:

Fan Di’an, Han Meilin, Mei Shican, Qin Xilin, Wayne Higby, Yang Xiaoyang, Zhou Guozhen
Fan Di'an, Chairman of China Artists Association, president and professor of Central Academy of Fine Arts
Han Meilin, Honorary director of Ceramic Art Division of China Artists Association, and professor of Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University
Mei Shican, the secretary of the CPC party committee of Jingdezhen Ceramic University.
Qin Xilin, Honorary president and professor of Jingdezhen Ceramic University
Wayne Higby, Professor and director of the Museum and of Alfred University
Yang Xiaoyang, President of China National Society of the Promotion of Arts and Culture
Zhou Guozhen, Professor of Jingdezhen Ceramic University

Directors:

Lyu Pinchang, Torbjørn Kvasbø

Committee Members :

Bai Ming, Director of Ceramic Art Division of China Artists Association,
dean and professor of Department of Ceramic Art, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University
Inchin Lee, Dean and professor of Department of Ceramic Art, Hongik University
Fang Lijun, Director of Songzhuang Art Museum
Inoue Masayuki, Japanese ceramic artist
Huang Sheng, Dean and professor of School of Ceramic Art, Jingdezhen Ceramic University
Jackson Li, Director of Sanbao International Ceramic Art Museum
Jin Wenwei, Vice director of the Art Gallery and professor of Jingdezhen Ceramic University
Jacque Kaufmann, Honorary President of International Academy of Ceramics
Li Zhengwen, Professor of Hubei Institute of Fine Arts
Judith Schwartz, Vice President of International Academy of Ceramics
Liu Zheng, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and professor of China Academy of Art
Marieke Pauwels, Professor of Belgium PXL School of Arts
Liu Jianhua, Professor of Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University
Michio Sugiyama, Former director of Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
Liu Libin, Jinggang Scholar of Jiangxi Province, professor of Central Academy of Fine Arts
Peter Pinnell, President of National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
Liu Yuanchang, Master of Chinese Crafts and Arts
Philippe Barde, Dean and professor of Department of Ceramics, Geneva University of Art and Design
Lu Bin, Professor of Nanjing University of the Arts
Pierre Huber, Curator of Art Basel, Switzerland
Lv Jinquan, Vice President and professor of Jingdezhen Ceramic University
Ranti Tjan, Dean of the European Ceramic Work Centre
Meng Shufeng, Master of Chinese Crafts and Arts
Water Ostrom, Professor of Canada NSCAD University
Ning Gang, Member of Discipline Group (Design) of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council
Wu Ming, Master of Chinese Crafts and Arts
Wu Yongping, Deputy director of Ceramic Art Division of China Artists Association, professor of Central Academy of Fine Arts
Zhang Qingyuan, Professor of Tainan National University of the Arts, Taiwan, China
Zhu Legeng, Professor of Chinese National Academy of Arts
Zou Xiaosong, Dean and professor of School of Art and Design, Jingdezhen Ceramic University


The Arrangement of the Biennale:

The Main Exhibition:

The Spirit of Ceramics: 2021 Jingdezhen International Ceramic Art Biennale

Awards: (bonus is granted with RMB before tax)
1) Kaolin Prize (a gold prize with a bonus of RMB 200,000, 3 silver prizes with a bonus of RMB 100,000 per winner and 5 bronze prizes with a bonus of RMB 50,000 per winner)
2) Kito Prize (twenty winners, with a bonus of RMB 30,000 per winner)
3) Taoxichuan Emerging Artists Award (thirty winners, with a bonus of RMB 20,000 per winner)
(All the prize winners are entitled to residency in the International Studio at Jingdezhen Ceramic University for up to 3 months. The qualification is valid for two years.)

The Special Exhibition:

The Spirit of Ceramics: Italian National Ceramic Art Exhibition

Independent Exhibitions:

1) The Spirit of Ceramics: International Ceramic Film Screening
2) The Spirit of Ceramics: Jingdezhen International Contemporary Ceramic Painting Nomination Exhibition

Parallel Activities:

1) International Forum on the Future of Contemporary Ceramic Art Education
2) The Inauguration Ceremony of International Ceramic Education Alliance across the “Belt and Road”
3) Where Hundred Rivers Converge: International Ceramic Art Residency Demonstration
4) When Great Summits Meet: Acclaimed Ceramic Artists, Professors and Scholars’ Lectures and Dialogues


Methods, Types and Number of Works for the Main Exhibition

A total of 300 pieces/sets of works will be exhibited in the main exhibition.
1. Among the exhibited works, 220 pieces/sets will be represented from all over the world.
2. The sponsors will specially invite 80 acclaimed Chinese and foreign ceramic artists (40 Chinese artists and 40 foreign artists) with 80 pieces/sets of works.

Type of works Number of works (pieces/sets)
Vessels 100
Sculptures 80
Paintings 80
Installations 30
Videos 10
Total (pieces) 300 (specially invited works included)
Time of the Main Exhibition:

November 18th, 2021 --February 17th, 2022

Venue of the Main Exhibition:

The Art Museum of Jingdezhen Ceramic University

Requirements for Artworks:

1. The artworks should focus on the relationship between individuals and ceramics or between collectivity and ceramics, including but not limited to the relationship between society and ceramics, history and ceramics, countries and ceramics, cities and ceramics, ecology and ceramics, and technology and ceramics.
2. The Biennale advocates the inheritance and innovation of ceramics, the expression of new materials and new techniques, and novel ideas and outstanding craftsmanship. It encourages the embodiment of contemporary aesthetics and technical transformation, and gives emphasis to works that reflect their own culture and the cultural inheritance of regional materials in cross-cultural and cross-regional contexts.
3. Preliminary Assessment: Each author (including as cooperator) is limited to submit 2 original works. The participant should provide electronic pictures (jpeg or jpg format) with resolution no less than 300 dpi, and the size should be between 5MB and 100MB(If it is in TIFF format, please compress to ZIP or RAR file). Images should be submitted with notes marking the sizes and view angle of the works. Please download and fill in the application form from the official website of the Biennale (www.cjicb.com), and send it back to the email address(info@cjicb.com) with the subject of the name of the artist.
4. Time for submitting the works. Works can be submitted from July 5th to 24:00, September 10th, 2021 (Beijing Time). The actual time is subject to the time of receipt of the email. The preliminary evaluation results will be published on the official websites of the Biennale (www.cjicb.com) before September 22nd, 2021, and the winners will also be informed by emails.
5. Each participating artist will receive a copy of the catalog of biennale works and a participating certificate (award certificates for winners) from the organizing committee of the Biennale.

The transportation and insurance of works:

1. Delivery: The finalists should ship their works after receiving the sponsor’s notification (time and address of the receipt will be notified later). The artists are responsible for the packaging and shipping of their works to the Biennale, and the organizers will not be in a position to compensate for any loss if works are damaged during transportation. Be sure to paste the Application Form of 2021 Jingdezhen International Ceramic Biennale on the original works or put it inside the packing crates. (The artists are personally responsible for the transportation insurance of the works).
2. Returning: All works will be shipped back and insured by the organizing committee.
3. Shipping Address:
Liu Lan, Tu Zhixin
The Biennale Office,
the Art Museum of Jingdezhen Ceramic University (Xianghu Campus), Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, P.R.C.
Postal code: 333403
Liu Lan’s phone number: +86 139 7981 0400
Tu Zhixin’s phone number:+86 13517980890

The Sponsors reserve the right to use, exhibit, study, photograph, video, publish and publicize the participating artists’ portraits and their works.
Please download The Application Form of 2021 Jingdezhen International Ceramic Art Biennale. Docx or PDF from the official website of the Biennale www.cjicb.com and send it back to the E-mail address: info@cjicb.com.
Please feel free to contact the Biennale Office for more information.
Tel.: 0086 7988 499 600(9:00--17:00, Beijing Time)