Asymmetry and The Courtauld announce partnership

The collaboration will include two postdoctoral fellowships, public lecture series and annual international symposium

Courtesy The Courtauld

Asymmetry Art Foundation and The Courtauld in London have announced a new collaboration. The Chinese and Sinophone Contemporary Art Research Programme will comprise two postdoctoral fellowships, a public lecture series and an annual international symposium.

The postdoctoral position aims to ‘foster sustained and collaborative study of Chinese and Sinophone contemporary artistic practice’. Eligible candidates will hold a doctorate in art history or related fields with a strong research interest in Chinese and/or Sinophone contemporary art. The two-year fully funded placement will be selected from an open call via The Courtauld, with the first fellow taking up the position in September 2022, and the second in 2024. The Asymmetry fellows will be mentored by Dr. Wenny Two, Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art at The Courtauld.

The partnership’s lecture series will bring together guest speakers to deliver talks and panel discussions on Chinese and Asian contemporary art for students and the public. Meanwhile the symposium aims to offer an annual conference for debates and research on contemporary art in China and the Sinophone world.

‘It is an honour to collaborate with the Asymmetry Art Foundation towards fostering innovative research in the dynamic field of Chinese and Sinophone contemporary art, and nurturing future generations of scholars. We are excited to welcome the Asymmetry Postdoctoral Fellows to The Courtauld’s vibrant research culture, and look forward to the critical debates and conversations engendered by the annual lecture series and international symposium,’ Teo said in a statement.

Founder and director of Asymmetry Yan Du commented on the partnership: ‘Our mission to promote research and knowledge of Chinese and Sinophone contemporary art and curatorial practice should also include studying the discipline of Art History and its relevant fields, which is why the collaboration with The Courtauld is so meaningful. There are currently very few universities in the world that offer this at such a dedicated standard, so being able to contribute to the canon with the programmes that we have created together makes this partnership even more unique.’

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