Established in 2008, the China Art Foundation aims to ensure that global interest in contemporary Chinese art and culture can be sustained in the long term, greatly improving the exchange of knowledge and understanding between China and the rest of the world.

The Foundation’s ambition is to help nurture within China, Europe and the US, and especially within the contemporary cultural community – understood in its widest sense to include practitioners, educators, critics and museum professionals – knowledge about the history of Chinese traditions of art and culture

This is done by sharing knowledge, to ensure that the West has opportunities to understand the extraordinary and complex history of Chinese culture; and that China has access to the culture, historical and contemporary, of the West and to the knowledge that can make it comprehensible.

In addition, the Foundation provides a forum in which Western and Chinese museum professionals can interrogate issues of shared concern and develop shared understandings, in regular informal settings. It helps to identify and to nurture the skill–base which is needed to sustain museums and educational institutions, both in the West and in China, in a rapidly changing and increasingly globalised world. And it provides opportunities for practising artists in all fields, in China and the West, to explore each other’s cultures and traditions