Hello! My Forbidden City！
2020 is your 600th anniversary
You have come from afar to witness
the splendor of the entire Chinese culture
Architecture, history, culture, art…
You bring us the precious treasures of
Whether you are
a Chinese who grew up overseas,
a Chinese student studying abroad,
or a foreign friend who loves Chinese culture.
You can make a record of this important moment
in your way.
Using art to create a new annotation for the
600 years of the Forbidden City.
For the next 600 years
It starts right here
Hello! My Forbidden City!
2020 is a significant year for China, which is that the Palace Museum has established for 600 years. It’s an important time to make the world to know and to be with us to witness the glorious time for the human culture. As the world’s precious cultural heritage, the Forbidden City has experienced 600 years of circulation since its establishment, witnessed the prosperity and development of Chinese culture, and continued to carry forward the excellent traditional Chinese culture. The Palace Museum has its unique value in many dimensions, such as history, architecture, clothing. The cultural diversity of the Palace Museum has an irreplaceable position as a starting point of children and youth globally to understand Chinese culture. This event is co-hosted by NO-BOundaries as the event’s oversea organizer and “Hello! My Forbidden City Committee,” as the organizer in China. As the oversea organizer, NO-BOundaries is calling for submissions from children and youth between the ages of 4 to 18 worldwide (excluding mainland China). Through a variety of activities such as online courses, workshops, and touring exhibitions about the Forbidden City, this event will lead children to a comprehensive understanding of the magnificent splendor of the Forbidden City, as well as the history and culture behind it.
The Forbidden City is a treasure of traditional Chinese culture. It has experienced ups and downs for 600 years and has kept us countless cultural and artistic treasures, from the wooden structure building, precious collections to a range of ethnic cultures reflected in the palace culture. This process of change is what we should protect and inherit as Chinese children. Children who participate in this art event can learn the relevant professional courses of the Forbidden City; their work will receive comments and guidance from education experts, and they have the opportunity to be selected in a commemorative album. Whether you are a Chinese who grew up overseas, a student studying abroad, or a foreign friend who loves Chinese culture, you can make a record of this important moment in your own way and use art to create a new annotation for the 600 years of the Forbidden City.
1. All applicants will receive an e-certificate of participation
2. Experts of the Forbidden City and international professional review
3. Painting album of 600 shortlisted young artists
4. Touring exhibitions between Beijing, Shanghai, New York and other cities
5. Two overseas exhibitors will be granted the title of “Forbidden City Cultural Envoy”
6. Learn online courses of the Forbidden City
Children and youth aged from 4 to 18 worldwide (except in mainland China).
Preschool: 4-6 years old
Elementary School Group A: 7-9 years old
Elementary School Group B: 10-12 years old
Junior and High School: 13-18 years old
To celebrates the 600th anniversary of the Forbidden City, submit the artworks based on the theme of “Hello! Me and my Forbidden City,” such as the Palace Museum Collection, Forbidden City architecture, landscapes, characters, costumes, the Forbidden City ’s past, future, present … etc. Things that can reflect the unique understanding of the Forbidden City as overseas Chinese, study abroad students, and foreign youths who love Chinese culture.
We accept 2D Art including drawing, oil painting, printmaking, watercolors, computer art, and etc., Product/Souvenir Design, 3D Art, Photography, and Video.
All application will be submitted electronically. If your works are chosen to be displayed in the exhibition, they will not be returned. Selected exhibitors are required to mail their works to the organizing committee office in New York or Beijing within the specified time. Afterwards, the organizer will be responsible for the international shipping costs of the works during the exhibition (except for the three-dimensional works).
Application Deadline：July 1, 2020 (EST).
The Copyright of the selected works belongs to the organizer (oversears organizer: NO-BOundaries, organizer in China: Tomato Art), and the author owns the right of authorship. The organizer has the right to retain the work and use it in related activities (including exhibition, publicity, publication, production of derivatives, etc.) without additional remuneration.
Course registration fee is 46 USD per person.* Each participant can submit up to three works.
The course registration fee includes access to online courses and application.
Exhibition entry fee is 100 USD per work.（required for selected artwork.)
Register to unlock the online courses
“Hello! Me and My Forbidden City!”
The Forbidden City is like a history book. After nearly 600 years, it carried the rise and fall of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, from the imperial power to the ceremonial system, and from architecture to clothing, all of which reflected Chinese culture. When register, participants will unlock a series of online courses.They can wander around the Forbidden City, understand the 600 years of history and culture, and explore the secrets of the Forbidden City through the online courses!
The 12 courses of “Hello! Me and My Forbidden City”, starting from the insight into royal life, extend to the fields of architecture, culture, life, aesthetics, design and so on. Through contemporary interpretations, courses will lead the children one by one to discover the traditional culture and the profound foundation of life aesthetics.
- 600 works to be displayed in the online exhibition
600 works will be displayed online on the official website of NO-BOundaries. They will be also included in the painting album.
- 200 works to be displayed in the U.S. exhibition
200 works will be displayed in New York, U.S. Artists will be awarded certificates of participation.
- 50 works to be displayed in the final exhibition
50 works will be displayed in the final exhibition, traveling around Beijing, Shanghai, and other places. Artists from all over the world will witness the historical beauty of the Forbidden City. They will receive a participation certificate issued by the committee and have the opportunity to be awarded the title of “Forbidden City Cultural Envoy”.
Share your art and blessings
on the 600th anniversary of
the Forbidden City!
The 600th anniversary of the Forbidden City is a 2020 event that deserves everyone’s participation, and each participating work is a blessing to the Forbidden City! We will launch an online “ Share your art and blessings” (share your artwork on Facebook and INS with tag #Hello! My Forbidden City!# and @ us) campaign to celebrate the Forbidden City, and invite more people to know the treasure of the Forbidden City!
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