Visual Arts “Incubator” Set For Construction In Tianjin


10,000 Sq.M. Academy To Serve As Platform For Art Creation, Research, And Teaching

Photo: Xinhua

Photo: Xinhua

The blossoming interest in the arts among China’s steadily expanding middle class — and obsession with art collection among the country’s elite — hasn’t gone unnoticed by budding art students or the Chinese government, both of whom hope to benefit from a “culture boom.”

Over the past several years, along with the appearance of Chinese contemporary art on the global stage and the strong emergence of home-grown domestic Chinese auction houses has come a greater interest among students in learning not only painting or photography but also the business of art: mainly arts administration and curatorship. As an interesting counterpart to the Chinese art world’s internationalization, more young students are looking to study traditional arts like calligraphy and Chinese painting (国画).

This week, a venue for these aspiring artists was announced at a ceremony in Tianjin, northeast China. Set to be the country’s largest art training center for Chinese painting, the China National Academy of Painting’s new Panlonggu Valley institution will ultimately become something of a giant incubator for developing creative talent. From Xinhua:

Established in Panlonggu Valley of Tianjin, the art center is designed to integrate multiple functions, including collective creation workshops, galleries, and individual studios. This 10,000 square meter area will serve as a platform for art creation, research, and teaching upon completion. The China National Academy of Painting is also planning to hold exhibitions, forums, and competitions at the center to further promote traditional Chinese art.

The center is initiated by China National Academy of Painting, but its future operation will be run by local enterprises. As a new way of collaboration between corporations and art institutions, the Academy can better utilize its advantage as a talent-pool, while the enterprises can make their contributions based on their business strength.

Yang Xiaogang, director of China National Academy of Painting, said, “The growth of our academy should not only rely on government support. It also needs social input. To set up such a new incubator for art creation in Tianjin is one way for us to explore the possibility.”


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