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Yishu 8 China Prize

An award for emerging Chinese contemporary artists

Launched in 2013, the Yishu 8 China Prize recognises two young Chinese artists graduating from the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports this new award, promoting emerging contemporary artists in China, as part of a programme of cultural exchange and dialogue between China and France.


Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Yishu 8 China Prize
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Ju Ting and Ou Ming are the first winners of the Yishu 8 China Prize. The two young artists, both born in 1983, receive a two-month residency at the  Yishu 8 art centre, together with an accompanying grant. An exhibition of their work will be held at the end of their stay, with an accompanying catalogue.

Both artists are graduates of the masters programme at CAFA Beijing, one of China’s leading art schools. The prize judges – Henry-Claude Cousseau (former director of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris), Tony Brown (artist and teacher at CAFA), and Yishu 8 founder Christine Cayol – selected a shortlist of twelve students to take part in a group exhibition at the centre. The two winners were announced at the exhibition opening.

The prize extends Yishu 8’s founding aim, to promote cultural dialogue between China and France. Founded in 2009, the not-for-profit centre organises concerts, exhibitions, seminars and conferences focused on Sino-French cultural exchange. The China prize parallels the Yishu 8 France Prize, founded in 2010, whose two winners also receive a residency at the centre.  

Since 2012, Yishu 8 (literally ‘art, know-how,’ associated with the number 8, a symbol of good fortune in China) has been based at the former Sino-French university in Beijing, its hundred-year-old buildings embodying the spirit of cultural exchange at the heart of the project.   

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 Yishu 8, Former Sino-French University

N°20 (jia), Dong Huangchenggen Bei Jie, Dongcheng district

Beijing 100010