SIA & Today Art Museum present
An exhibition of work by recent graduates from western art & design schools
Today Art Museum, Beijing: 14 Oct4 Nov 2019

SIA and Today Art Museum
invite you to submit work for a major exhibition in Beijing this autumn. The exhibition is designed to alert Chinese audiences to the wealth of creative talent emerging from art and design schools in western countries. The exhibits will show how a design and artistic practice was formed through educational experience.

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Fashion Design
Fine Art
Game Design
Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Interactive Design
Interior Design
Jewellery Design
HERE </> THERE is open to any graduate from a non-Asian art and design school in the above disciplines. The work submitted must have been done no more than three years after the candidate’s date of graduation.

Submissions can be the result of internships, freelance or self-initiated work, or studio work. Studios may also submit work, as long as it adheres to the three-year rule.

If your work is selected you will be notified by email, and you will be asked to sign an undertaking that you are in a position to grant SIA and TAM permission to display the work.

In the first instance, you can submit work here.

Upload a digital file of your work and it will be assessed for inclusion by the exhibition’s curators. If you have been successful, you will be contacted by email.

SIA and TAM are looking for approximately 100 items to display. All exhibited work will be extensively captioned with the name of artist, designers or studio. All other relevant details will be included (e.g. client name, date, co-designers, art director, photographer, illustrator, etc.) Before submitting work, please make sure you have permission from all rights holders.

To avoid the costs of shipping, three-dimensional items such as clothes, installations, jewellery, etc., will be exhibited as photographs. Candidates will be responsible for supplying the photographs (as digital files), but the photographic blow ups will be done by the exhibition’s organisers in China at their expense. All you have to do is supply a photograph that shows your work to its best effect.

Why should you take part?
As a recent graduate, you are on the first step of the ladder towards building a career in a chosen field. Having your work exhibited in a leading gallery in one of the world’s great cities is an excellent way to get your name in front of a wide range of people.

And there’s more. Entrance is free, and for a few candidates, there is the possibility of an all-expenses paid trip to China to attend the opening of the exhibition. Watch this space for more details.

Summary of conditions
  • Any artist or designer with no more than three years professional or post graduate experience may submit.
  • You must be 18 or over.
  • In the first instance please submit your work digitally.
  • There are no submission fees
  • You are invited to submit existing work. There is no requirement to make new work.
  • A maximum of four works can be submitted by any individual or studio.
  • A maximum of four images per project can be submitted.
  • Work must have been completed no more than three years after graduation from an art or design school
  • Three-dimensional work (e.g., installations, sculptures, fine art pieces, etc, can only be considered for inclusion if supplied as a high res photograph.
    Blow-ups will be done by the exhibition’s organisers.
  • For full terms and conditions, click here
  • SIA – School of International Art
    Founded in 2011 by graduates from Parsons School of Design, School of Visual Arts and Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. SIA (School of International Art) is China’s leading art education center with locations all across the country. Regarded as the “cradle of artists,” we’ve gathered the best global resources and networks to inspire, grow and guide students to reach their full potential. Our faculty and partners consists of industry leaders, designers and academia professionals from the world’s top art and design schools. With their expertise, we help our students gain the skills and knowledge they need to become the best artist they can be.

    Today Art Museum
    Today Art Museum (TAM) was founded by Zhang Baoquan in 2002. The museum aims to promote Chinese contemporary art based on an internationalized vision and a contemporary ideology. As the first non-for-profit, non-governmental art museum in China, TAM is dedicated to explore an appropriate development strategy for museums of its kind within a Chinese context. To maintain international standards for construction and operation of a non-governmental museum, TAM cleared a unique path and by 2006, successfully completed its transformation into a non-profit organization. Today Art Museum explores sustained development for China’s private museums, adopting a more pragmatic approach that will gradually form a sound financial model for similar institutions.

    The Curators
    Adrian Shaughnessy is an internationally recognized designer, writer, educator and publisher of design books. His book How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul has sold over 80,000 copies. He is a Visiting Lecturer at the RCA in London, and is co-founder of the publishing imprint Unit Editions. He has curated numerous large scale exhibitions.

    Regular Practice is a graphic design studio based in London. Their work places a primary concern on typography and process, which we they use to develop books, typefaces, identities, exhibitions, and websites. As well as commercial work, the studio also involves itself in self-initiated work and teaching. Both hold their MA from the Royal College of Art.