Hello! Forbidden City！
it’s your 600th anniversary
You’ve traveled through time,
witnessed the glory of Chinese culture,
>and brought about architecture, history, culture, and art…
treasures that are surely invaluable to human civilization.
Are you an overseas Chinese?
A student studying abroad?
An avid fan of Chinese culture?
This is an opportunity for you to leave your mark
and redefine the history of the Forbidden City –
through your own artistic methods.
The next 600 years…begins here
Hello! My Forbidden City!
2020 marks the 600th birthday of the Forbidden City. During this important time in history, we are hoping to, along with people around the world, testify the glory that is Chinese traditional culture. As an internationally cherished cultural heritage site, not only did the Forbidden City bear witness to the prosperity and development of our country, it also carried forward the spectacle that is Chinese traditional culture. The Forbidden Palace is recognized for its uniqueness: its history, architecture, clothing, and accessories are invaluable to the rest of the world. Moreover, the Forbidden Palace is so diverse that it has become the perfect starting point for children around the world to step into China and get to know our culture. The Youth Artistic Creation Committee of “Hey, Forbidden City!”, in partnership with NOBO, its overseas host, is calling for children around the world (excluding Mainland China) between ages 4 and 18 to submit their artworks for our project. Through Forbidden-City themed courses, artistic creations, and traveling exhibitions, we hope that children around the world will gain a better understanding of the splendid history and culture of the Forbidden City.
The Forbidden City is the ultimate gem of Chinese traditional culture. Through 600 years of thick and thin, it has not only defined our culture but also left us with countless artifacts and masterpieces. As descendants of one of the world’s first civilizations, it is our duty to protect and spread the beauty of the Forbidden City, whether it’s the wooden structures and priceless antiques, or the palatial culture and its perfect amalgamation of different ethnic groups. All participants will be offered an online, Forbidden City-themed art course, and awarded a certificate of participation. A panel of experts will review your artwork and provide artistic guidance; moreover, we will be selecting numerous artworks to include in our commemorative album. Are you an overseas Chinese? A student studying abroad? An avid fan of Chinese culture? This is an opportunity for you to leave your mark and redefine the history of the Forbidden City through your own artistic methods.
1. All applicants will receive an e-certificate of participation
2. Our panel of judges includes Forbidden City and internationally-acclaimed art experts.
3.We will be selecting 600 artistic creations to include in the commemorative album.
4. Selected artworks will be exhibited in Beijing, Shanghai, New York, as well as other.
5. Two overseas participants will be awarded the title of “Advocator for Forbidden City Culture.”
6. Learn Forbidden City-themed Art Course（Video and Audio）
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 commemorate the 600th birthday of the Forbidden City, all art pieces should be created based on our central theme, “Hey, Forbidden City!”. Your creation can reflect any aspect of the Forbidden City: architecture, scenery, historical figures, clothes, accessories, and even the rare collection housed in the Palace Museum. You can also create artwork based on the past, present, and future of the Forbidden City. The only requirement is that you must show your unique understanding of the Forbidden City through your artwork.
We accept 2D Art including drawing, oil painting, printmaking, watercolors, computer art, and etc., Product/Souvenir Design, 3D Art, Photography, and Video.
We will only be accepting e-submissions. If your artwork is selected, you must mail in your artwork to either our Beijing or New York office before the specified deadline. During the exhibition, our committee will pay for costs of shopping (excluding 3D pieces). Please note that we will be keeping the artworks of all exhibition participants.
Application Deadline： August 16, 2020 (EST)
The host (overseas host: NOBO, Chinese host: Tomato Art School) will own the copyright to all artworks displayed at the exhibition, while participants will receive attribution for their pieces. The host shall reserve the right to use submitted artwork for exhibitions, advertisements, publishing, artistic derivatives, etc. free of charge.
Registration fee is 49 USD per person.* Each participant can submit up to three works.
The application fee includes access to online courses and application.
Exhibition entry fee is 69 USD per work.（required for selected artwork.)
Register to unlock the online courses
“Hello! Me and My Forbidden City!”
Course One：Hello! Me and the Forbidden City
The Forbidden City is a thick textbook that contains 600 years of history. It witnessed the rise and fall of the Ming and Qing empires, and encompasses each and every aspect of China’s fine culture – from the imperial system, rituals, and etiquettes to architecture, clothes, and accessories. By taking the Forbidden City-themed course (offered in both Chinese and English), children around the world will be able to take a virtual stroll along with the towering palaces and gain a better understanding of the history and culture of the Forbidden City. They might even discover a secret or two!
This 12-week course, “Hello! me and the Forbidden City”, will depict what life in the Forbidden City used to be like. Through contemporary eyes, the course will explain the architecture, culture, and design of the Forbidden City, and help children discover its magnificent traditions and aesthetic details.
Course Two：《Hello！My Forbidden City 》
“Hello, My Forbidden City” is designed by the Academy of the Forbidden City and Tosee Art. The team consists of 14 members. They are experts from the Palace Museum, scholars from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, and domestic and overseas experts in art children education. After 400 days and 30 rounds of careful polishing, through the form of Internet and multimedia reading, this course passes the Forbidden City culture to more children. Since the launch of the first season in 2019, more than 100,000 families have studied it, and view counts have reached 10 million. This course has been shortlisted for 2019 digital publishing selection by the National Press and Publication Administration.
It is not mandatory to learn the courses before creating artwork, but we recommend our participants to check them. To learn the courses, participants who cannot understand Chinese very well can take courses with their families or friends who are good at Chinese together.
- 600 overseas works to be displayed in the online exhibition
600 works to be displayed in the online exhibition
600 pieces will be exhibited on NOBO’s website and included in our commemorative album.
- 200 overseas works to be displayed in the U.S. exhibition
200 pieces will be exhibited in New York, USA; selected artists will receive certificates of participation.
- 50 overseas works to be displayed in the final exhibition
50 pieces will be exhibited in international hubs such as Beijing, Shanghai. During these exhibitions, participants around the world will be able to witness the glorious history of the Forbidden Palace. Selected artists will receive certificates of participation and be awarded the title of “Advocator for Forbidden City Culture”.
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!
FB: @No-Boundaries International Art Exhibition