Over the past century full of twists and turns, the Communist Party of China (CPC) has stayed firmly committed to its initial aspiration all through. Jiaxing Municipal People’s Government and China Academy of Art jointly hold the First “Red Boat Spirit” Sculpture Competition, to carry forward the revolutionary spirit of Jiaxing city and display its unique urban style featuring “the Red Boat, canal history, enchanting landscape, and international vision”, thereby building Jiaxing into a model tourism city with distinctive red (revolutionary) culture. A select number of the award-winning entries will be enlarged and placed around the South Lake in Jiaxing.
Sponsors: Jiaxing Municipal People’s Government and China Academy of Art
Organizers: Jiaxing City Quality Improvement Office and Public Art Institute of China Academy of Art
Co-organizers: Jiaxing Bureau for Natural Resources and Planning, Housing and Urban-Rural Development Bureau of Jiaxing City, Party School of Jiaxing Municipal CPC Committee, South Lake Revolutionary Memorial Hall, Jiaxing City Investment & Development Group Co., Ltd., Jiaxing Modern Service Industry Development & Investment (Group) Co., Ltd., and Jiaxing Planning & Design Research Institute Co., Ltd.
Located in the northeast of Zhejiang Province, Jiaxing is geographically connected to Shanghai in the east, Suzhou in the north, Hangzhou in the west and the Hangzhou Bay in the south. It has a land area of 4,223 square kilometers and a sea area of 1,523 square kilometers. The city, with a permanent population of 5.4 million, is comprised of two districts (Nanhu and Xiuzhou), 3 county-level cities (Pinghu, Haining and Tongxiang) and 2 counties (Jiashan and Haiyan). With flat topography, well-balanced development and placid folk culture, Jiaxing came into being more than 7,000 years ago and has a recorded history of more than 2,500 years and a city history of 1,700 years. It is the place where China’s revolutionary “Red Boat” set sail, China’s nuclear power undertaking took its first infant steps and the tide of Qiangjiang River surged.
Jiaxing is the Place Where China’s Revolutionary “Red Boat” Set Sail
In July 1921, the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) was held in Shanghai, but was then transferred to a boat on Nanhu Lake in Jiaxing City after it was interrupted by police of the French Concession. It was on this exquisitely decorated pleasure boat that the “First CPC National Congress” adopted its first program and resolution, elected the leadership organ of the party - the Central Committee, and solemnly announced the birth of the CPC, marking the beginning of China’s revolution. The “Red Boat” bears witness of unprecedented events in history and symbolizes the origin of China’s revolution. Since the 18th CPC National Congress, Jiaxing as the starting place of the Red Boat has seen voluntary implementation of the pioneering spirit, the spirit with a firm ideal that remains indomitable in the face of adversity, and the spirit of dedication to serving the people wholeheartedly and running the Party for the public good; relentless assumption of the responsibility of supervising the conduct of the Party and running itself according to the strict code of discipline; an adherence to the guidance of the reform of “handling affairs in one visit at most”; full effort to advance the most harminous Party-mass relationship, the best qualified cadres, the highest integrity in political ecosystem and the most favorable conditions for technological talents. In a word, Jiaxiang City is striving to transform the birth place of the party into a high ground of party building and constantly consolidate and develope a good landscape featuring efficient governance, satisfied people, conserted efforts, peace of mind, jubilant spirit and pragmaticness.
Jiaxing is the Originating Place of the Majiabang Culture
The site of the Majiabang culture relics in the region has a history of more than 7,000 years, making it a typical site of early culture of the Neolithic Age in the downstream basin of the Yangtze River and that of the the Taihu Lake. During the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods, Jiaxing was a battlefield of Wu and Yue states, hence the name of the “root of Wu and corner of Yue”. The Qin dynasty established the Youqian county in the region, which was later renamed as Jiaxing by the Wu Kingdom during the period of Three Kingdoms. Of the 1,800 prominent Chinese recorded by the Encyclopedia of China, more than 80 were from Jiaxing. 695 out of the total of 2,800 jinshi from Zhejiang during the Qing dynasty were from Jiaxing. The modern and contemporary times have seen the emergence of great masters like Wang Guowei, Xu Zhimo, Mao Dun, Feng Zikai, Chen Shengshen and Jin Yong, as well as 51 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering. Immersed in the founding spirit of the CPC, the Red Boat spirit, Zhejiang spirit and the Jiaxing humanistic spirit in the new era featuring “diligence, goodness, harmony and endeavor”, the city has made all-round progress in all aspects of social undertakings, and has been awarded such honors as the National Civilized City for 4 consecutive times, and the Demonstrative Zone of National Public Culture Service System. It is a City of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, Outstanding Tourist City of China, National Health City, National Landscape Garden City, National Historical and Cultural City, National Water-conservation City and National Model City of Greenization. The city has been rated the No. 1 in provincial-level construction of safe cities/counties (districts) for 15 consecutive times, and is one of the first cities to be awarded the 1-Star Gold Cauldron for Safe Cities and the “Chang’an Cup”, the highest national prize for comprehensive governance.
Jiaxing Represents a Forefront Aligning with Shanghai and Integrating with The Yangtze Delta Region
Following the important instruction of General Secretary Xi Jinping about “fulfilling regional advantages, actively aligning with Shanghai and participating in cooperation and communications with the Yangtze Delta Region”, Jiaxing has been proactively seizing its geographic advantage as the conjunction point of the three national initiatives, namely, the “Belt and Road”, the “Yangtze River Economic Belt” and the “Integrated Development of the Yangtze Delta Region”. The city has been recognized as the Demonstrative Region for Comprehensively Aligning Zhejiang Province with Shanghai and promoting the “Four Major” Constructions. Leveraging these advantages, the city has been constantly upgrading its infrastructure, technological innovation, industrial platforms, public service and ecological construction to improve its alignment prowess. Other efforts also include supporting the Tsinghua Yangtze Delta Region Research Institute in Zhejiang, active participating in the construction of the G60 technological corridor and accelerating the development of the Haining International Campus of Zhejiang University, Nanhu Research Institute of UESTC and Yangtze Delta Region Technological City of Zhangjiang; firmly seizing the multiple opportunities like permanent settlement of the World Internet Conference and opening ports across the region to create a global advanced manufacturing base in the core area of the Yangtze Delta Region, high ground of digital economy and aggregated area of high-quality foreign investment. In the previous year, the city topped the provincial list in investment attraction, gaining 17 projects with total investments of more than 10 billion, 21 projects invested by Global 500 companies, 59 industrial projects with an investment over $100 million. The utilized foreign investment reached $2.647 billion, the second largest in the province, representing a 14.4% growth rate. The R&D investment was estimated to reach 3.1%. The city had 662 companies newly recognized as national high-tech enterprises, making the total number reaching 2414, the third largest in the province. The growth rates of added value generated from high-tech manufacturing industry, strategic emerging industries and equipment manufacturing industry were all the fastest within the province. The growth rate of added value from the high-tech industry came to the second while that from core manufacturing industry of digital economy was the third fastest in the province.
Jiaxing is a Pioneer in Advancing Urban-Rural Integration
Holding fast the important instruction of General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasizing that “Jiaxing has full conditions to become a model of integrated urban-rural development in the province and even China” proposed by General Secretary Xi Jinping when he carried out a squatting-on-site research in Jiaxing. The city has carried out a reform adapted to urban-rural integration and implemented the pilot national program of “multiple regulations integrated into one” and new urbanization program by highlighting exquisite planning, construction and management. A spatial layout of “1640” (1 central city, 6 sub-centers and 43 towns) and “400 +1000” (433 new urban-rural communities and 1102 reserve points of traditional natural villages) has been created to accelerate equality of urban-rural public services, balance in the income of urban and rural residents, rationalize the allocation of urban-rural factors and harmonize the urban-rural industrial development. A “153060” transport circle (15 min to express way from central city and sub-centers, 30min drive directly to the central city and sub-centers and 60-min transport with peripheral cities) has been formed. The integration of medical insurances between urban and rural residents and uniformity of standard of minimum living allowances have been achieved; the Jiaxing brand of central and sub-libraries and rural culture halls have been established; Jiaxing has the lowest income gap between urban and rural residents and the highest level of urban-rural integration in Zhejiang Province. Adhering to the concept that “ lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets”, the city has been actively constructing a national demonstrative city for ecological civilization by launching out four campaigns involving the “blue sky, green water, pure land and disposed waste” and accelerating the construction of a world-class high-quality Jiangnan watertown and cultural city featuring the “Red Boat soul, canal nostalgia, Jiangnan rhymes and international style”. The proportion of the third and above grade of water quality in the control cross section of the city is 91.8%, water quality at the drinking water sources is in 100% conformity with standard, and the rate of excellent and good urban air quality reaches 87.2%. The city is also committed to advancing waste disposal projects in an atypical manner and thus become the first to achieve “full coverage of waste incineration across counties (cities) and zero waste landfill rate”.
In 2020, the city has achieved a GDP exceeding 550 billion yuan, representing a growth rate about 3.5%; a total fiscal income of 100.31 billion yuan, coming the third in the province and a general public budget income of 59.88 billion yuan, the fourth in the province, which represent 6.1% and 5.9% growth rates, respectively. The total output value of industries above designated size was 1.03 trillion yuan, coming the third in Zhejiang Province; the total values of both deposits and loans exceeded 1 trillion, making the city the 3rd prefecture-level city in the province and the 9th in the country of this kind. The disposable incomes of urban and rural residents per capita were 6.43 trillion yuan and 3.98 trillion yuan, respectively. Peasant income has been the highest for 17 consecutive years in the province, and the ratio of income of urban to rural residents was reduced to 1.61: 1.
For the present and a considerable time to come, Jiaxing will hold high the banner of Xi Jinping thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, conscientiously carry out the spirit of remarks of General Secretary Xi Jinping during his visits to Zhejiang, strive to contribute the most splendid sections to the “important window” and fulfill leap frog development by leveraging the revolutionary Red Boat spirit, activating the economy with innovation and opening, balancing the prosperity across people’s lives, highlighting the historical and humanistic deposits and renovating the ecological landscape. In particular, the city will unswervingly prioritize the strategy of fully integrating to the Yangtze Delta Region, shoulder the grand mission of “being the forefront of integrating with Shanghai and the port to leverage the influence of Shanghai. The city is determined to win the “four campaigns” of creating a hub-like, innovative, quality and open Jiaxing, step up efforts to transform itself into a central hub city in the core area of the Yangtze Delta Region, a future-oriented innovative city, an internationally renowned, high-quality water town and cultural city, a demonstrative base for open, collaborative and high-quality development, a dynamic and bright pearl in the north bank of the Hangzhou Bay.
Jiaxing has long had a revolutionary tradition since ancient times. It was known as the front line of the east coast since the Yuan and Ming Dynasties to resist foreign aggression, the birthplace of the CPC, and a crucial place to promote the red culture (revolutionary culture), as well as a vital place for the anti-Japanese struggle in the south region after the “September 18th Incident”. People in Jiaxing have always stayed committed to safeguarding national interests and pursuing national independence throughout the struggles in history, such as the struggle against Japanese in the Ming Dynasty, the battle against the British in Zhapu, the Hundred Days’ Reform, the struggle against the persecution of Chinese workers in the United States, the protection of railway sovereignty movement, 1911 Revolution, and the May Fourth Movement in the late Qing Dynasty. New literary and artistic concepts as well as new ideologies like Marxism, were widely spread in this land by enterprising youths after the May Fourth Movement to fight against dark forces. This, along with the efforts of a batch of forward-looking people including Shen Yanbing and Shen Junru, has laid a solid foundation for public support for the development of Jiaxing’s red culture. In 1921, the first national congress of the CPC successfully concluded on a boat in the South Lake of Jiaxing, which marks the birth of the CPC as well as a new era of the Chinese revolution, and makes Red Boat the symbol of the source of Chinese revolution. President Xi Jinping described the “Red Boat Spirit” as “to be the first to make changes; stay true to the original aspiration; and work for public interests.” The first local party organization in Jiaxing was established in 1925. Under the leadership of the CPC, people in Jiaxing waged indomitable struggles against imperialism, feudalism, and bureaucratic capitalism, and won the victory of the new democratic revolution.
With strong public support, Jiaxing Party organizations at all levels have overcome numerous difficulties and made remarkable achievement in socialist construction by following the lines, guidelines, and policies of the CPC. In 1965, the first batch of Jiaxing agricultural technicians initiated the program of seed breeding in Hainan province. In 1991, Qinshan Nuclear Power Station, China’s first self-designed and manufactured power plant, was successfully connected to the grid for power generation. In 2000, the main part of Hangzhou-Jiaxing-Huzhou South Drainage Project was fully completed. In 2001, Jiaxing Port was officially established as the first-class port opened to the world. In 2007, the Jiaxing government took the lead in deploying a social safety net for all, and the Hangzhou Bay Bridge was successfully put into operation in 2008. Moreover, the per capita disposable income of rural residents in Jiaxing has occupied the first place in the province for 17 consecutive years as of 2020. Staying true to their original aspiration, in the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping of his speech delivered during his inspection in Zhejiang Province, people in Jiaxing have been carrying forward the great spirit of party building and the “Red Boat”, Zhejiang spirit, and the goodness, diligence, valor, and entrepreneurship of Jiaxing in the new era, and implementing the strategy of “Eight Edges and Eight Measures”. People in Jiaxing preserve the red culture by drawing lessons from the past, staying committed to the present strategy, and taking a correct future path.
Centering on the “red memory” in Jiaxing, the competition is held to review the contributions made by local people in the history of anti-aggression, anti-imperialism, anti-feudalism, and building of New China. Entries should depict the red culture of Jiaxing as the birthplace of the CPC and the cradle of the “Red Boat Spirit”, thus highlighting the theme of the “Red Boat Spirit” by the integration of the red culture with the Red Boat culture.
The aim of the competition is to display the artistic charm of Jiaxing as the origin of red culture and the cradle of the “Red Boat Spirit” to promote its red culture by using Jiaxing’s unique red cultural resources. Additionally, the entries shall reflect the spirit of the times. Creators can properly expand the range of the theme to show the “Red Boat Spirit” in the new era, and demonstrate the innovation, struggles, dedication, goodness, diligence, valor, and entrepreneurship of Jiaxing people in the new era.
In addition, the competition also welcomes entries that can display other significant revolutionary events in Zhejiang Province and in other Chinese provinces and regions.
—— 创作目标 Creation Goal ——
• Review major events and record the history of the city.
• Shape regional features and display the unique style of the city.
• Trace the history of the city and create distinct urban culture.
• Vitalize urban space with more appealing vision.
Entries will be placed around the South Lake, including the green space areas around the Hero Park, the Red Boat Cadre School and the Fanggonglu Park. Participants can choose to place their works in one of the above areas by themselves. No official field inspection will be organized, and participants can go to the site by themselves.
As for the specific locations of the enlarged entries, the entry contributors’ decisions following a round of field inspection will be considered in conjunction with the creative themes and modes of presentation of the entries, as well as how they would fit with the surrounding public spaces in the proposed reference locations. The final decision will be made after consulting with the competition’s organizing committee.
Location and theme suggestions: 15 reference points have been set around the Hero Park, including 8 red locations that highlight the red culture, as well as 7 green locations that prioritize the Jiangnan culture, i.e., culture that prevails on the south of the Yangtze River.
Location and theme suggestions: a total of 8 reference locations have been set up in the Red Boat Cadre School, including 7 indoors and 1 in the Fanggonglu Park. Sculptures related to Jiaxing Red Revolution events, characters, culture, etc. shall also be set up in accordance to the region’s atmosphere and landscape.
The entries are expected to be novel, original, concise, exquisite, and harmonious with a clear theme, good aesthetic taste, and strong visual impact. Any technique for artistic expression is allowed. We encourage participants to create entries based on Jiaxing features, the surrounding environment, and the theme of this competition. Furthermore, the entries shall well reflect creators’ aesthetic perception and in-depth thinking. Entries should be original, showing respect to cultural diversity, and displaying the regional features and openness of Jiaxing. Any use of relevant logo elements in the entries shall abide by regulatory documents such as the Regulations on the Party Emblem and Flag of the Communist Party of China. The creators should be fully responsible for any dispute caused by copyright issues, and winners shall return the awards and certificates in this case.
The competition is open to domestic and foreign artists with sculpture creation skills, as well as teachers and students from colleges and universities majoring in sculpture. In addition, well-known artists are specially invited to create 10 artistic works.
Submission for preliminary evaluation: Please submit the electronic version of the design draft (An entry should include the front, back, two sides, etc. of the design sketch or 3 colored pictures, with work title, size, materials, and design description. Each file shall be no less than 2MB. The work shall be named in the format of “author name-work title-themes and locations”) and the completed Registration Form(in Word) before 24:00 on November 1, 2021. You are encouraged to submit more than one work. For evaluation fairness and transparency, don’t reveal information like author name or employer in the work; otherwise, the work shall be deemed invalid. Please indicate “Sculpture Design Competition of Jiaxing (Name of Unit or Author)” in the subject of the email and send the work as an attachment. Foreign participants shall offer information in English. Overdue submissions shall not be accepted. See the attachment for more information.
Submission for final evaluation: Authors of entries shortlisted for the final evaluation should mail or deliver the 3D models of the entries, Registration Form (printed and signed), and Author’s Letter of Commitment (printed and signed) to the designated site by the organizing committee (the time and address shall be notified later). The longest side of a model should be within 60 cm and the weight shall be less than 50 kg (The model should truly show the effect of the work in the actual environment. The materials, color, texture, and proportion of different parts of the model shall be identical to those of the finished product). If there is any special requirement, please contact the collection unit in advance.
(Please confirm to the above Entry Requirements. Any entry that fails to follow these items may be disqualified.)
—— 日程安排 Schedule ——
Deadline for Preliminary Evaluation: the entries for exhibition should be submitted before 24:00 on November 1, 2021;
Preliminary Evaluation Date: November 10, 2021;
Deadline for Re-evaluation: December 20, 2021 (subject to the organizers’ notifications);
Re-evaluation Date: December 30, 2021;
Enlargement: January 1, 2022-April 1, 2022 (the Hero Park and the Fanggonglu Park);
Transportation and Installation: April 1, 2022-April 20, 2022 (the Hero Park and the Fanggonglu Park);
Opening Date: May 4, 2022 (The event’s organization time is tentatively sets as the opening times of the Hero Park and Fanggonglu Park).
The Red Boat Cadre School shall accordingly determine the times for creation, transportation, and installation of the enlarged prototypes based on the overall construction progress.
Preliminary evaluation: Entries will be preliminarily evaluated by the expert committee composed of leaders from the organizers and experts in related fields to select 35 works for the second round of evaluation.
Re-evaluation: The three-dimensional models of the shortlisted entries will be displayed and publicized on the designated website for final evaluation. Excellent entries will be selected by the organizers for production based on public and expert opinions.
The participants shall bear all the expenses incurred during the competition, and the taxes for bonuses like awards and subsidies. The prizes and awards are as below:
• Prizes and Awards (pre-tax):
Gold Award (1 winner): 120,000 yuan;
Silver Award (2 winners): 90,000 yuan per person;
Bronze Award (3 winners): 60,000 yuan per person;
Excellence Award (9 winners): 30,000 yuan per person;
Finalist Prize (20 winners): 10,000 yuan per person;
Special Honor Awards (10 people) for invited artists.
The award-wining creators will be compensated with 80,000 yuan (pre-tax) for the enlargement and production of their works. The processing, transportation, and installation of the entries will be arranged by the organizers. The award-wining participants shall involve in the further design, production, and supervision during the process. Figurative and realistic works must be produced by the creators. The organizers shall be responsible for the travel and accommodation expenses during the production supervision period.
Indoor Sculpture Exhibition: Exhibit the scale models of outstanding entries and the works of invited artists.
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition: Outstanding entries will be selected by organizers for enlargement and will be exhibited around the South Lake.
Academic seminar: Participants, historians, planners, and designers will be organized to discuss the development and promotion of Jiaxing revolutionary culture, as well as the creation experience of revolutionary works, to explore the possibilities of realizing sustainable development of urban culture from different perspectives and cultural backgrounds.
Publication: A picture album covering the selection process, results, and tidbits of the competition will be made and offered to each creator of the award-winning entry.
1. All participants who submit works are deemed to have acknowledged and followed the provisions of this statement;
2. All submissions must be original, and the author should have all intellectual property rights of the work. Plagiarism and repeated submissions are prohibited;
3. The submissions shall not infringe the patent, copyright, trademark, reputation, or any other legal rights of any third party;
4. The copyright, modification right and use right of selected works belong to the organizer, and the author reserves the right of authorship. Once a submission is made, the organizers are deemed to have the right to publicize, publish, exhibit, and implement the design scheme;
5. All disputes arising from this event shall be solved according to applicable laws of the People's Republic of China;
6. The organizers shall not assume any responsibility for the loss or damage of an entry due to mis-delivery, theft, or any other reasons not caused by the organizers;
7. The submitted entries shall be collected by the organizers and not returned regardless of being accepted or not;
8. The organizers shall reserve the right for final interpretation of all documents used in this event.
—— 通讯联络方式 Contacts ——
Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org for preliminary evaluation.
Contact and Consultation: 0571-56332232 (Preliminary Evaluation Receiver)