UCCA Beijing

"Zeng Fanzhi: Parcours" UCCA Docent Recruitment

2016.8.11 - 2016.9.10
10:00 -18:00

Location:  Great Hall and Nave

Opening 19 September, “Zeng Fanzhi: Parcours” is the artist’s largest and most comprehensive exhibition to date, offering a walk through, among, around, and beyond his diverse yet complementary bodies of work. Following Zeng’s oeuvre, it moves seamlessly from early experiments in realism that began while he was still a student at the Hubei Academy of Fine Arts in Wuhan in the late 1980s, through a series of muted, masked figures following his arrival on the Beijing scene in the mid-1990s, onward to the strikingly colored, tensely vibrating, monumentally scaled canvases that signal his international emergence after 2000, and arriving at the antiquarian serenity of rigorously perceptive works on paper of his own making in the current decade.

As UCCA docents, you will be provided the chance to learn from a world-renown artist and share your passion and insight on the exhibition with fellow art lovers. For all involved, joining in the UCCA docents team is not only a challenge, but also a precious encounter with art and life. This means each docent shoulders great responsibility, but your contribution will lead to the popularization and promotion of contemporary art.

We Want You

We appreciate and encourage the active involvement of our current docents during the exhibition period. We also welcome new friends to join our docent team. Whether you are a student, employed, or a retiree, as long as you are enthusiastic about art, your participation is a welcome addition. Regardless of your nationality or native language, we look forward to seeing you!

Your Role

Offer high-quality guided tours for the visitors who come to UCCA.

Help the Visitor Experience Department welcome visitors.

Collect questionnaires after guided tours.

During non-guiding hours, participate in big events held by the Public Program Department.

Docents can choose to give tours in Chinese or English.

How to Apply

Fill in the application form and send it with your CV to docents@ucca.org.cn Please call +86 10 5780 0291 for further consulting.

Please download the form

Interview and Selection

Recruitment period: Now until 10 September, 2016

Based on your CV, we will send out the UCCA and exhibition-related learning materials (reading materials and videos) for you to study and review.

Once you've finished preparation, you may book a docent guide testing tour.

If you pass the test, you will be asked to sign a docent service agreement and given

information about future training sessions.

Testing period: Every Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday/Sunday 14:00-18:00

All interviews and tests are optional in Chinese or English.


Training period: Early September until the exhibition opens

(Note: Docents are required to attend at least 1-2 on site training courses before the opening.)

We will provide you with all relevant information on on 798, UCCA, and our art exhibitions.

Artists and curators will also offer training sessions on the exhibition.

Docents are also asked to attend the day of the press conference.

Scheduling and Attendance

Work period: Begins 19 September, 2016


  • 10:00 A.M – 18:00 P.M (12:00-13:00 rest, 7 hours)
  • 10:00 A.M – 14:00 P.M (4 hours)
  • 14:00 P.M – 18:00 P.M (4 hours)

Docents are required to arrive at UCCA at least 10 minutes before the shift begins to register and prepare for work.

A public link is available for docents to arrange or modify their own working schedules.


  • UCCA exhibitions offer free admission to our docents and 10 discount tickets to docent's friends and families.
  • Letter of acknowledgement granted for “Zeng Fanzhi: Parcours.”
  • Limited edition T-shirt of “Zeng Fanzhi: Parcours” (must be worn on duty, worth RMB 100).
  • Souvenir pack of “Zeng Fanzhi: Parcours” containing notebooks, fridge magnets, etc. (worth RMB 200).
  • UCCA membership card, containing privileges such as free entry, exclusive member activities, discounts on public programs, etc. (worth RMB 200).
  • 3 free double tickets for UCCA art cinema 2016 (worth about RMB 300).
  • 5 UCCA general tickets (worth RMB 300).
  • Exhibition catalogue from “Zeng Fanzhi: Parcours” (worth RMB 300).
  • Working certificate issued by UCCA for those having worked for more than 100 hours.
  • Free lunch for docents working the entire day shift (10:00-18:00).

(Note: The said benefits are only available for docents who are involved in the entire duration of the exhibition, and also maintain working regulations.)


*If you have any further questions, please contact:

Oscar Wang at docents@ or +86 10 5780 0238