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2023 Sanya Nanshan the first Chinese Ancient Gods and Beasts creation competition call for papers launched

Published: 2023-04-18 18:50:02


The Chinese Ancient Gods and Beasts Creation Competition is a series of activities with a cycle of 12 years. The competition aims to inherit and carry forward the excellent traditional Chinese culture, show the unique charm of Chinese culture, gather artists and art works with future vision and international level, and present them to the public through the "Immersive Sculpture Exhibition of Chinese Ancient Gods and Beasts". The goal of the first competition was to find descriptions of various animals from ancient Chinese legends and design their images into sculptures. The features of this fantasy zoo are:

Conform to the context of the Renaissance of Chinese traditional culture; Inspire people's yearning and imagination for the unknown mysterious world; Adhering to the Chinese Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism three religions in one Oriental culture customs; Promote international exchanges with inclusiveness, and unite people of different ethnic groups, customs and religious beliefs to understand each other, and create a happy and beautiful life together. Visual stunning promotes the development of cultural tourism and art industry; We will enhance our cultural confidence and tell China's stories to the world.

Collection in this contest is divided into "sculpture" and "dynamic and interactive work" two kinds, theme is divided into "Hou", "phoenix", "dragon" three kinds of mythical beasts. Participants can check their own information, and there is no limitation on the style


Hou,which is commonly called Wangtian Hou, Chaotian Hou or Deng Dragon.It is said that it is the nemesis of the dragons and likes to eat dragon brain. It is popular among the people that "one Hou can fight three dragons and two flood dragons". It was set on ornamental column to supervise the emperor.

Some people say that he is the son of the Dragon King and has a habit of watching. The dragon on the top of ornamental column roars at the sky, which is regarded as uploading the will of heaven and sending the public sentiment.Ji Yun explains: Hou is animal name which looks like a dog and is cannibal.In addition, there is a beast named Hou in the East China Sea, which is shaped like a rabbit and has long ears, only over a foot long. The lion is afraid of it, and its cover roars and drowns, causing it to rot. There is a record in Yan Expose Yu Tan. Although small in size, it can fight against dragons and feed on them after victory. There is another saying, which is that Hou and Kirin are very similar and are the ancestors of Kirin.


Phoenix, also known as the "Phoenix Emperor", also known as the Phoenix, Danniao, Firebird, Rooster, Weifeng, etc., is a pair of mythical and mythical bird combinations in ancient Chinese mythology and legends, divided into male and female, with the male being "Phoenix" and the female being "Phoenix", collectively known as the Phoenix. According to the Classic of Mountains and Seas , the shape of the Phoenix Bird is like an ordinary chicken, with colorful feathers all over its body. The pattern on its head is shaped like the character "De", the pattern on its wings is shaped like the character "Yi", the pattern on its back is shaped like the character "Li", the pattern on its chest is shaped like the character "Ren", and the pattern on its abdomen is shaped like the character "Xin".


Dragon is an animal in ancient Chinese mythology, the longest of scale insects, and one of the symbols of the Chinese nation. Legend has it that dragons are capable of flight, are adept at change, and can call out wind and rain. They are considered auspicious alongside phoenix, unicorn, and others. Er Yayi records that the horn resembles a deer, the head resembles a camel, the eyes resemble a rabbit, the neck resembles a snake, the abdomen resembles a mirage, the scales resemble a fish, the claws resemble an eagle, the palms resemble a tiger, and the ears resemble a cow "; The Lun Heng records that "the image of secular dragon painting, with a horse head and a snake body"; According to the Huainanzi, there are five types of dragons: flying dragon, pterosaur, snake dragon, flood dragon, and snail dragon.

The collection and awarding methods of the competition actively respond to the new requirements of the digital economy for art, with digital works such as animations and games accounting for one-third of the shortlisted works. The competition will invite thirteen international artists, well-known experts from the domestic art and cultural fields, to form a "Selection Expert Committee". The judges come from the fields of sculpture, design, literature, film and television, and religion, with significant upgrades in fairness and professional strength, in order to guide the high-quality, refined, and branded development of related industries, and focus on enhancing cultural soft power.


Guiding units:Hainan Provincial Department of Tourism, Culture, Radio, Television, and Sports, Sanya Municipal People's Government

Sponsored by: Sculpture Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Sanya Nanshan Cultural Tourism Area

Organizers:Bolun United, Hainan Provincial Cultural Industry Promotion Association, Sanya Nanshan Cultural and Creative Research Institute

Co organizer:

School of Animation and digital art of Communication University of China, School of Sculpture and Public Art of China Academy of Fine Arts, School of Sculpture and Public Art of Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, School of plastic arts of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, School of Sculpture and Public Art of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Sculpture Department of Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, School of Plastic Arts of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, School of Sculpture and Public Art of Hubei Academy of Fine Arts, Sculpture Department of Fine Arts of Tsinghua University, Sculpture Department of Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts

Organizing Committee of the Ancient Divine Beast Creation Competition

Director:Sui Jianguo, Liu Bingrui

Deputy directors:Huang Xinyuan, Zhang Wei, Liu Chunli, Hu Gang, Zhang Zhaogong

Secretary General:Li Bing, Li Guoqing, Li Bosheng

Deputy Secretary General: Lin Hao, Zhu Guang, Yang Yuanfan

Members:(in alphabetical order of pinyin) Bao Haining, Ban Lingsheng, Chen Ke, Chen Xiaochun, Dong Shubing, Lv Pinchang, Sun Zhenhua, Sun Lu, Tan Xun, Tang Yong, Zhang Songtao, Zhai Qingxi, Zhang Zhaohong

The total amount of awards in this competition is 920000 yuan

(1) 60 finalists will receive a prize of 5000 yuan per item.

(2) Three individual theme awards for "犼", "Dragon", and "Phoenix", with a prize of 20000 yuan per piece.

(3) The nominated award by the judges will generate a maximum of 13 entries from the shortlisted awards, with a prize of 20000 yuan per entry.

(4) 1 grand prize from the judging committee, generated from the shortlisted award, with a prize of 100000 yuan.

(5) 1 public award, generated from the shortlisted award, with a prize of 100000 yuan.

(6) One special award will be awarded, and if the jury award and public award are the same work, a special award will be given, with a prize of 100000 yuan. If it is not the same work, the bonus will be postponed and injected into the special award pool of the next competition.

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