Call for Submissions of
“The Sound of Camels on the Silk Road”
The 4th Desert Sculpture International Symposium
MINQIN, CHINA 2021
In recent years, Minqin County has conscientiously practiced the new development concept, based on the unique resource advantages of the county, and held three sessions of the Desert Sculpture International Symposium Minqin China for three consecutive years. A total of 6565 works of 1750 artists from 85 countries and regions have been collected. Selected by the art commission and organizing committee, 102 desert sculptures have established in the desert, which are showing the world their unparalleled artistic charm of sculptures, the vastness and magnificence of desert, as well as the profound cultural implication of Minqin's prevention and control of desertification.
In order to further display Minqin's unique ecological and cultural tourism resources and spread the concept of green environmental protection and harmonious coexistence of human and sand; interpretate of "Minqin, the most beautiful land art in China and the most beautiful art land in the world", boost Minqin's one step into the "one belt, one road" construction; constantly enhance the soft power and influence of culture, and build a new artistic pattern of "Dunhuang in the West and Minqin in the East" in Hexi corridor, Minqin County plans to hold the 4th Desert Sculpture International Symposium Minqin China 2021, with the theme of "The Sound of Camels on the Silk Road". The Submission is now open to all professional artists from all over the world to submit outstanding public art proposals with applications. The specific information and key information for submissions are as follows:
1. About the Theme
Theme: The Sound of Camels on the Silk Road
As the transportation symbol and symbol of the Silk Road, camel is not only a means of transportation, but also a symbol of the spirit of hard work, perseverance and long-term service, which has made great contributions to the prosperity and economic development of the Silk Road.
The Minqin camel team, has the reputation of "Dabang camel bell travel around the world " on the Silk Road. The camel road of Minqin extends in all directions, extending to Beijing and Tianjin in the East, Kulun and Moscow in the north, Tibet, Ili and West Asia in Xinjiang in the West, and Henan in the south. The story of Minqin camel team is spread in Wuwei, Zhangye, Jiuquan and other Hexi areas, Hami and Changji areas in Xinjiang, Alxa and Hetao areas in Inner Mongolia, as well as Qinghai and Ningxia. Legends such as Majia camel team, huangtuo, camel divination girl, great Xia Ren Maotou, Minqin camel dart and other legends record and reflect the hard journey of Minqin camel team in the Silk Road, recording their important contributions to national stability, national unity, anti Japanese War and cultural exchange, and also for the study of the Silk Road, economic and cultural exchanges between the East and the west, the integration of the north and the south, and the nationalities and the people Folklore is of great value.
Looking at the long river of history, camel bells are ringing in the ears, and camel teams are winding out in the desert. "On the boundless exit road of saisha, camels roar at night." "Countless bells have shaken the moraine, so we should carry white to Anxi." "Yurts and mats can stand up, ten drums only carry a few camels." The poetic image of camel in Tang and Song poetry is vivid. Looking back on the past and carrying forward, the Fourth Desert Sculpture International SymposiumMinqin China, based on the previous three desert art activities, collected outstanding public art works at home and abroad with the theme of " The Sound of Camels on the Silk Road " and elements related to camel and camel team spirit as basic images, so as to continue to write and eulogize the Silk Road spirit of loyalty, tenacity, pioneering and responsibility, and show the new The Silk Road concept of innovation and development of the times.
(1) Hosted by:
Culture and Tourism Department of Gansu Province
Federation of Literature and Art Circles of Gansu Province
The People's Government of Wuwei City
Arts and Crafts Institute of China
(2) Undertaken by:
Public Art Committee of China Cultural Promotion Association
Sculpture Committee of Arts and Crafts Institute of China
Publicity Department of Wuwei City
The People's Government of Minqin County
(3) Co-organized by:
Minqin Culture Tourism Transportation Investment Co., Ltd.
3. Art Committee
(1) Artistic Consultant
Sheng Yang, Former Secretary of the Party Committee, Former Director of China Artists Association Sculpture Committee
Li Ming, Former President of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Director of the China Artists Association Sculpture Committee
Cao Chunsheng, Honorary President of China Sculpture Institute, Professor of Central Academy of Fine Arts
(3) Deputy Director
Sun Zhenhua,Vice President and Secretary General of the China Sculpture Institute, Chief Editor of Chinese Sculpture Magazine
Lv Pinchang, Vice Director and Secretary General of China Artists Association Sculpture Committee, Vice President of Jingdezhen Ceramic University
Chen Yungang, Vice President of the China Sculpture Institute, Vice-Chairman of the China Urban Sculptors Association
Fu Zhongwang, Vice President of the China Sculpture Institute, Art Director of Hubei Art Museum
Huo Boyang, Vice President of the China Sculpture Institute, Professor of Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts
Long Xiang, Vice President of the China Sculpture Institute, Vice Director of the China Artists Association Sculpture Committee
Yin Xiaofeng, Vice President of the China Sculpture Institute, Vice-Chairman of China Urban Sculptors Association
Jiao Xingtao, Vice President of the China Sculpture Institute, Vice President of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts
Sun Wei, Professor of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Director of China Arts and Crafts Institute Sculpture Committee
Dong Shubing, Deputy Secretary General of the China Sculpture Institute, Dean of the Sculpture Department of Academy of Fine Arts of Tsinghua University
Zhang Wei, Professor of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Dean of the Sculpture Department
Bao Haining, Secretary General of China Urban Sculptors Association, Dean of the Sculpture Department of Luxun Academy of Fine Arts
Chen Ke, Professor of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Director of Sculpture and Public Art Institute
Tan Xun, Professor of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Dean of the Sculpture Department
Zhang Songtao,Professor of Hubei Academy of Fine Arts, Dean of the Sculpture Department
Shi Xiangdong,Chairman of Guangxi Artists Association, President of Guangxi Art Institute Plastic Arts College
Zhi Min, Executive Vice President of China Art Institute Sculpture Academy
Jiang Tieli, Vice President of Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Dean of Sculpture Department
Ban Lingsheng, Professor of China Academy of Fine Arts, President of School of Sculpture and Public Art
Chen Xiaochun, Professor of Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, Dean of Sculpture Department
Shen Xiaonan,Vice President of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts School of Plastic Arts, Dean of Sculpture Department
Song Weiguang, Secretary-General of Sculpture Committee of Arts and Crafts Institute of China
Strijdom van der Merwe, World Renowned South African Artist, Medal of Honor from the South African Academy of Arts and Science
Ralfonso, Chairman of the International Kinetic Arts Organization,Well-known Swiss Artist
Billy Lee, Professor Emeritus University of North Carolina USA, Well-known American Artist
Yury Tkachenko, Honored Artist of Russia, Art-Director of International Sculpture Park LEGEND
Clare Burnet, President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors
Li Yuanqiu, Directo of Public Art Committee of China Cultural Promotion Association
4.Requirements and Detailed Information for Submissions
(1) Submission Date: Jan 5th, 2021 to Feb 25th, 2021.
(2) Scope of the Proposals
① Public art works: Proposals need mainly based on the imagery of camel, according to the Silk Road cultural background, camel team spirit and desert environment. The proposals are required to be creative and innovative, and to be in depth consistent with the environment, regional culture and historical stories.
② Materials: Should be suitable for desert environment and outdoor display, including bamboo and wood, stone, metal, comprehensive materials, etc. Abstract, Concrete, Installation and a variety of creative ways can be used in artistic form.
(3) Submission requirements:
① Proposals need to fit the theme of the event and integrate with the cultural characteristics of the Silk Road and desert ecological environment, the works must be the original works of the author himself.
② Number and type of works: 20-30 outdoor landscape sculptures (will be determined according to the proposals scheme).
③ Specification of the work: No limitation about the specifications, the specific size can be adjusted according to the surrounding environment.
④ Requirements for submitting works: Each artist fills in the application form information in detail, and submits the picture with jpg format. The name of the picture file should be named after the proposal’s name. Each artist can submit 2-5 proposals. Exceed or Less thanthe requirements will be disqualified. Finial selected artist should provide the same material as the actual material of the work as the model. Please consider carefully and submit the proposal according to the theme and environmental conditions of this event.
⑤ Work reward: Each Finial selected artist for the project would be rewards with ¥60,000 (before tax). The above reward includes the cost of making the final sculpture model. Participating sculptors will receive the honorary certificate issued by People's Government of Minqin County. Thesculpture model will be permanently collected by Minqin County.
⑥Submission Contact information:
International Submissions: Gracely Yan Lu
Email Address: email@example.com
5.About the Selection and Production Process of Final Selected Works
(1) Three rounds of selection system are adopted in the selection of works. In the first round, 100proposals will be selected from the submissions and entered the waiting list. In the second round, 50 proposals will be selected by the Art Committee from the first round. In the third round, 20-30 proposals will be selected from the second round by the localgovernment and social representatives of Minqin County as the finial list.
(2) Production Process: All selected works will be notified by the Organizing Committee. Selected proposals are required to submit the sculpture model, and all the models mustmade by the artists according to the required time. Finial enlarged sculptures will be processed and produced by the manufacturers determined by the implementing units through bidding and procurement in China.
6. Event Activities
(1) Outdoor large-scale sculpture exhibition: this year’s event will selecte 20-30 large-scale sculptures.
(2) Sculpture Exhibition of Art Colleges and Universities: cooperate with domestic art colleges and universities to hold student sculpture exhibition or practical creation activities.
(3) Academic Seminar: During the opening ceremony, art committee professionals, domestic and foreign artists and invited guests will discuss from different perspectives about the topics of the integration and development of Silk Road culture and tourism, art and ecology, the construction of desert sculpture creation base, etc., in order to provide sustainable development direction for Minqin and even Gansu desert art activities.
(4) Sculpture Photography Exhibition: During the opening ceremony, the Sculpture Photography Exhibition is held to show the outstanding photography works of different time, angle and style taken by photographers.
7. Media Promotion
(1) Invite relevant authorities of national and provincial sculpture art associations and relevant media to participate in the reporting. Major media websites and local television stations follow up the reporting.
(2) Publish Catalogs, record every moment of the whole activity in detail, and record the information for the activity.
(3) Media support: Xinhua, Sohu, Sina, Guangming, Sculpture Headlines, Artron, China Public Art, China Arts and Crafts, China Light Industry Information, headline news, etc.
Organization Committee of
the 4th International Desert Sculpture Symposium
Jan 4th 2021