Mrs. Chang Shana is an outstanding designer and educator in China.
She inherited her father Chang Shuhong’s duty of promoting the Dunhuang
art. She has long been engaged in studying ancient Chinese murals and
traditional decorative patterns, with the combination of modern design
concepts. She had participated in significant design projects of major
buildings and memorial architecture, such as the Banquet Hall of the Grand
Hall of the People, Beijing Exhibition Hall, Capital Theater, Cultural
Palace of Nationalities, the Bauhinia Sculpture presented by the Central
Government to Hong Kong marking the 1997 Handover. Chang is known
as the "Decoder of Dunhuang Mural Patterns". She is also a pioneer in
Dunhuang design research and application.
In order to thoroughly implement the important concepts that
President Xi Jinping delivered at the Dunhuang Academy seminar, we
strive to strengthen cultural confidence, spread Dunhuang culture, practice
the "Silk Road Spirit," and promote cultural exchanges along with “the Belt
and Road Initiative.” We hope that more designers will understand and use
the Dunhuang art patterns appropriately. We hope that they can achieve
perfect integration between traditional crafts and contemporary design. To
promote various applications of Dunhuang art patterns in daily life design,
and achieve the innovative development of intangible cultural heritage represented by Dunhuang art patterns, we hereby conduct the Chang Shana
Design Award in 2021.