Event Details

Participants who meet the program's attendance criteria will receive a certificate of attendance from Christie’s Education and Yale Center Beijing.

Program Description

The international art world is a complex organism based on an intricate network of dependencies. From artists, dealers, and auction houses, to collectors and institutions, the program explores the different players that make up this dynamic industry and how they interact with each other. With a focus on the contemporary art scene and through a broad international lens, this program includes lectures on the various stake-holders as well as conversations with key art world players and visits to various institutions.


The language of the program will be Chinese.

Registration and Fees

Space is limited, and registration is on a rolling basis.

¥15,000 Regular
¥13,500 Groups of 3 or more
¥12,000 Early-bird (payment by 26 September)

All fees are non-refundable.

Program Schedule

Thursday, 27 October – The Artist
We will begin with a broad overview of the concepts behind contemporary art, followed by relevant artists practicing today, with a focus on China. Questions discussed include what makes an artist important, and what is unique about contemporary art. We end the day with visits to artist studios, to have a better understanding of the artistic process.

Friday, 28 October – The Market
The second day is about how the market shapes our understanding of contemporary art. We will examine the different roles within the commercial art world, including both primary market and secondary market. We will analyze the attributes that determine the value of a work of art, engage in a mock auction, and visit top galleries.

Saturday, 29 October – Institutions: Public & Private
Institutions play an essential role in validating an artist’s career from outside the commercial world. The third day will attempt to map out the role of cultural establishments large and small, from national institutions, to museums developed by private collectors, to alternative non-profit spaces.

Sunday, 30 October – Entrepreneurship & Engagement
On the final day, we will hear from individuals who engage in the art world in different ways, from more traditional paths of art dealing to non-conventional ways such as art funds and online platforms. We will also hear from a private collector about what drives him to collect art and how he supports the art world.

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(payment by 26 September)

Standard Price RMB 15,000
Groups of 3 or more
Standard Price RMB 13,500

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