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UCCA Docents

Love art, know art, teach art.

Be the expert!

What is a UCCA Docent?

As a non-profit art center, UCCA exists to make contemporary art accessible to everyone. We want each person that comes to UCCA to have a unique, educational experience, and the best way to make sure that happens is to have a “Docent”-a knowledgeable art lover-there to give in-depth explanations of the exhibitions and answer questions. When you volunteer as aDocent, you are dedicating your time and enthusiasm to studying the creative practices of our exhibiting artists and, in turn, sharing your knowledge with others through exhibition tours.

How do I become a UCCA Docent?

We ask that you commit to undergoing our rigorous UCCA Docent training program. While this will involve a significant reading component and perhaps independent research, UCCA Docents will also have the opportunity to learn directly from top artists and curators. Attendance will be required at private lectures and on-site tours given by exhibiting artists, UCCA Director Philip Tinari, and UCCA Deputy Director You Yang. The training program will ensure that you are confident in your public speaking abilities, familiar with the history of UCCA and 798, and fully equipped to engage all types of visitors in artistic discourse.

What are the requirements for becoming a UCCA Docent?

There are only three basic requirements for UCCA Docents:

1. Love art. Docents must be passionate! We need people who are excited to be at UCCA, and who can be depended on to consistently and punctually attend meetings, lectures, and their weekly shifts.

2. Know art. While it is not strictly required that you have professional or academic art experience, it is essential that you be studious and detail-oriented, as you will need to consume, understand, and share a large amount of information. You must be able to organize your thoughts, form your own opinions, and communicate them in a clear and informed way.

3. Teach art. Docents must be outgoing and excited to engage in conversation with all kinds of people at UCCA. Be the expert!

What are the time requirements?

UCCA Docents will be required to cover at least one morning or afternoon “shift” (1 pm – 6 pm) each week, on Thursday, Saturday, or Sunday. Each tour will consist of no more than ten visitors, and will last for 40-60 minutes. Tours will be given in your native language.

What do I do now?

We are delighted that you are interested in getting involved, increasing your knowledge of contemporary art, and joining UCCA in its mission to be a catalyst for culture in China.

To apply, please respond to the following 10 questions and send your answers, along with your CV, to docents@ucca.org.cn.

1.Name

2.Birthdate

3.Educational background

4.Occupation

5.Telephone number

6.Please tell us about any previous art-related experience you may have

7.How often do you come to UCCA? Have you attended an exhibit at UCCA that you thought was valuable? Which one and why?

8.Please tell us about an artist or a specific work that you enjoy or think is important, and explain your reasons why.

9.Why do you think you will make a great docent?

10.Docents will be needed for the morning and afternoon shifts on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. When are you available?

What do I do now?
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Please tell us about any previous art-related experience you have. *
How often do you come to UCCA? Have you attended an exhibit at UCCA that you thought was valuable? Which one and why? *
Please tell us about an artist or a specific work that you enjoy or think is important, and explain your reasons why. *
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UCCA Docents
  • 2014.12.29 – 2016.12.31