Open Call for Artists | International Children Art Festival

HELLO! We are 798 ICAF and we have great opportunities for artists, designers, illustrators, art educators and creative people from all over the world to get involved with our art education projects. We are currently looking for artists interested in participating in our October festival, and people who can lead art workshops in our online education platform.




About 798 International Children Art Festival

798 ICAF is China's biggest children's art festival, held annually and based in the world-renowned 798 Art District in Beijing. You can check out last year's ICAF video here and our Facebook page here. Over the course of the festival, children are encouraged to explore creativity using a variety of media with guidance from established and emerging artists. Our mission is to build an intercultural learning platform for children to explore art, enjoy creativity and have the opportunity to exhibit their work. For 798 ICAF, we're looking for artists who can run art workshops, build participatory installations or perform at our festivals and events in cities across China. Funding is available for flights, accommodation and a daily artist fee.

About Art + Online education platform

In addition to those live events and festivals, we're also setting up 798 ICAF's Online Arts Education Platform "Art+", which offers children the opportunity to learn from creative professionals throughout the year. Students across China are able to login from the comfort of their own homes and participate in arts workshop series taught via live video streamed workshops or pre-recorded video tutorials.There's funding available for artists to plan and lead regular art & design workshops, to be taught through video from the comfort and convenience of their own homes or studios. We are also looking for people around the world to create short "Art Inspiration" videos, introducing bits and pieces from the arts & culture from around the world. It could be a museum or gallery tour, an introduction to some of your own favourite artworks, insight into what inspires you to make art or a glimpse of your own culture's traditions.


  • To apply, simply complete the relevant sections of the "Artist Introduction" application form and send it back o us (text in red should be deleted and changed to information about you).
  • Good Quality Photos - attached separately as .jpg's (the same photos as in your application form).

The next deadline for submissions is April 25.
To get the application form, more details and information about fees, please contact


  • Online workshops should be 1, 5 or 10 sessions long.
  • Each session should last between 45-60 minutes (for live lessons), or 25 minutes (for pre-recorded videos).
  • The workshop should be appropriate for the following age ranges: 3-5, 6-8, 8-10 or 10-15.
  • If you decide to create a 5 or 10 session workshop try to create a building-up sessions) and try to follow a common narrative (all sessions should relate clearly with a theme).
  • Online workshops should be though for a video format.
  • Students should be involved in actually making something.

More info here


798 ICAF Beijing Workshop Montage.