PEKING ART ASSOCIATES (PAA) is a full service art advisory firm with broad mainland China and international experience in large-scale education, museum, corporate and hospitality projects.
Complementing our collective backgrounds in global art history, we work in partnership with artists and specialists across multiple sectors relating to and supporting the Arts, to produce truly one-off, storied projects that are anchored in their vernacular with a strong bridge to Asia.
PAA’s practical capabilities comprise deep, firsthand experience in the technical development of art commissions and integration into design, the relationships and agility required in the presentation of exhibitions and cross-border cultural engagements and the management of complex legacy projects for corporate and brand positioning through permanent collection building with coherent strategy, curation and customised story-telling.
All of the resources of PAA and the extensive experience of the firm’s associates and strategic partners are available to assist in the design effort and to carry the effort forward through technical development, rigorous due diligence and competent administration, including quantity surveying, payment of local PRC taxation, and supervision of both quality and Intellectual Property.
Prior public project clients (in alphabetical order) include:-
The British Council, China; Chevron, Beijing and Nanjing, China; Fidelity Investments, London and Shanghai; Fosun Art Museum, Shanghai; Hong Kong Land; Hopson Development; Kering; Mercedes Benz Financial Services, Beijing; New World Hospitality, Hong Kong; Odgers Ray & Berndtson, Shanghai; P & O Cruises, UK; The Poly Group, China; Rosewood, Beijing; Rosewood Residences, Guangzhou; The National Trust, Sydney, Australia; Standard Chartered Bank, Guangzhou, London, New York, Shenzhen and Singapore; Star Cruises, London; Star Resorts and Casinos, Sydney; The Embassy of Switzerland, Beijing; The University of Oxford, United Kingdom; the University of Sydney, Australia; The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Volkswagen Group, China.
Recent exhibition projects include:-
'Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser' with The Victoria & Albert Museum, Beijing, Spring 2022; ’Body in Time’, a group exhibition at Fosun Art Center, Shanghai, 13 November - 31 December 2021, presenting four celebrated international sculptors, Tony Cragg, Sir Antony Gormley, Not Vital and Marc Quinn, and the painter, Charlie Sheard; ‘Under the Skin’, The inaugural institutional exhibition of British artist Marc Quinn in China at the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, and education outreach programme in conjunction with The British Council in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, March - May 2019; ‘Beyond the Three Perfections’, Group Exhibition of Chinese and Irish artists and The President of Ireland’s poetry, Dublin Castle, October 2017 - January 2018.
Current and forthcoming projects under PAAʼs exclusive management include:-
All Art Worksʼ curation for Hopson-MAHÁ Beijing Residential Development; all Art Works' curation for Standard Chartered Bank, across China; an institutional exhibition of Frida Kahlo; an institutional exhibition of Tarsila do Amaral; ‘The Music of Pure Abstraction: Charlie Sheard’, CHAO Art Center, Beijing, 29 September - 15 November 2022; Not Vital, The Swiss Embassy, Ambassador’s Residence, Beijing, January 2023.
PAA has historical on-the-ground experience evolved from Arts Influential China founded in 2006 by Emily de Wolfe Pettit with a Representative Office in Shanghai. The PAA brand reflects our enlarged office in the Chinese capital, with annual reciprocal exhibitions and educational programmes in capitals around the world planned until 2023, and continued commitment to ‘Create in Beijing’.
In addition to the management of exhibitions in China for acclaimed international artists, PAA has supported exhibitions of talented younger generation Chinese artists since 2010, for which we produce research, writing and bilingual hardback English-Chinese publications.
As complement to this work, we continue to source art for a select group of private clients in terms of both emerging talent and established names.
Peking Art Associates (PAA) works with hospitality clients globally in not only the hotel, but across the cruise ship, casino, restaurant and private club sectors.
Peking Art Associates conceives and manages exhibitions that promote cross-cultural understanding between China and the rest of the world.
Corporate & Office Projects
PAA corporate and brand positioning in China through art collection and programming.
In our commitment to cross-cultural initiatives, PAA has supported prestigious British institutions develop links to Chinese cultural eduction in recent years and vice versa.
Luxury Residential Projects
PAA has undertaken the art curation, production and installation of a number of residential developments in Beijing.
Private Treaty Sales
Peking Art Associates has over 15 years of experience in private treaty sales of Chinese Modern & Contemporary and Impressionism, Modern, Post-War & Contemporary art internationally.