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ARTIST PROFILE :: George Van Wetering at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel

May 26, 2016 16:30

In April, we sat down with musician and composer George Van Wetering in the Swatch Art Peace Hotel’s lounge area to ask him about his time in Shanghai:

China Residencies: What first got you interested in Swatch? How did you hear about it and how did you get here? 

George Van Wetering: Through a friend of mine, Peter Vink. He applied first and got selected, he mentioned the residency to me and so I tried as well. I’ve been here since November, and he just arrived. I’ve been to China for quite a lot of times, about 5 tours of China, have seen a lot of cities but always for a very short time. I'm happy to be in Shanghai for a longer period of tim ...

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{ARCHIVE} ARTIST PROFILE :: Constant Dullaart at OCAT Shenzhen

April 19, 2016 07:27
  • Since we started China Residencies in 2013, at least nine different residencies have closed or gone on hiatus. But just because these residency programs close doesn't mean the artists and projects they hosted cease to exist. We sat down with Constant Dullaart to talk about his time at OCAT in Shenzhen, and about how the company he started as a way to see the inside of a factory now continues to confuse and delight art techies worldwide.
    • Constant Dullaart: So, what are you going to do with this?
    • China Residencies: I transcribe it, edit it, send it to you, and you say “yes, no, change this” and then we put it online if you feel li ...
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Spring 2016 Deadlines + Open Calls + Job Opportunities

April 11, 2016 09:12

Here's a short list of deadlines for residencies, exhibitions, conferences, calls for papers, jobs & lots of different things you can apply to that have a connection to China. We'll update this post regularly until June 21st, if you come across something that belongs here, please send us your tips to nihao [at]!


  • 4A Studio Program is calling for early or mid-career visual artists who are currently Australian permanent residents for month-long residencies at Shen Shaomin's studio in Huairou on the outskirts of Beijing. Apply before May 12. 

  • Chronus Art Center in Sha ...
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ARTIST PROFILE :: Ash Moniz at A307

March 23, 2016 02:26

Ash Moniz and Li Jingxiong were the first artists-in-residence at A307, a residency and experimental "space which allows artists and audience to communicate directly" nestled in an apartment near 798. 

China Residencies: How did you hear about A307 in Beijing and what got you interested in going?

Ash Moniz: I was invited because I had heard about it from the curator who runs it, Li Zhenhua. He invited me and Li Jingxiong, the person that I was collaborating with, to propose something.

CR: And that was the first project they had hosted, right?

AM: Yeah, it was the first thing that they had actually hosted. They had an event b ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Ming Lin & Alexandra Tatarsky at Red Gate Residency

January 29, 2016 15:52

Ming Lin and Alexandra Tatarsky joined forces to create printed matter based on their investigations during the Crystal Ruth Bell Residency in Beijing this summer. 

China Residencies: For starts, how did you two meet?

Ming Lin: Alex and I met in preschool in the East Village when we were two years old.

Alexandra Tatarsky: Ming was a very good artist at age two.

CR: How did you two decide that you wanted to do a project together?

ML: We didn’t go to highschool together and went on to study in different countries, but whenever we came back together, we realized we had overlapping and intersecting interests.

AT: We had worked to ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Blood Becomes Water at Red Gate Residency

January 28, 2016 21:01

Raya Boteva and Rosie Eisor formed the collective Blood Becomes Water around a self-publishing project in the summer of 2010, and were one of the three duos awarded the Crystal Ruth Bell Residency in 2015. During their month at Red Gate over the summer, they created a new publication, Tetraphobia, and published collections of their favorite sounds. We caught up with Rosie and Raya in Bulgaria & Belgium to talk zines, punk rock, and why they’re not scared of the number 4.

China Residencies: I wanted to ask about the mixtape first. How did you bring it together and how did you select the music to put in it?

Raya Rayax: We aske ...

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Winter 2015-2016 Deadlines + Open Calls + Opportunities

January 11, 2016 19:48

For this new year, we're launching a new seasonal feature to list deadlines for residencies, exhibitions, conferences, calls for papers, jobs & basically all the different kinds of things you can apply that have a connection to China!


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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: Twenty-Three Days At Sea

December 23, 2015 04:31

Twenty-Three Days At Sea is one of the most innovative residencies that kicked off in 2015. In August, we caught up with Kimberly Phillips, the director and curator of Access Gallery, about sending artists to sail from Vancouver to Shanghai aboard a cargo ship.

China Residencies: First off, this is one of the most exciting new residencies.

Kimberly Phillips: Oh thank you, it's been really profound, and it's been a privilege to put it into place and develop it. We were totally overwhelmed by the response, it clearly struck a nerve with artists from all over the world, whether in Lahore, Sao Paolo or as far away as East Russi ...

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Our Very First Triennial(ish) Report!

December 17, 2015 23:10

你好!Hi !

In the nearly three years since Crystal & I started China Residencies, we’ve set lots of great things in motion. We covered the globe talking about what we’ve been up to, but until now, we've never taken a moment to stop and count — to count our blessings, our dumplings, and our achievements, and most of all, our thanks to everyone who helped us get to where we are now.

So here's a few numbers:

=================== HELPING ARTISTS ===================

Over 34,000 people visited our website from 166 countries.

  • That’s 86% of the globe! Help us get to 100% by telling your friends in Burkina Faso, Greenland, Mali, Paraguay, Uzbekistan & Yemen.

We received 522 project proposals to o ...

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Announcing the 2015 "Two to Three 二到三" Residency Artists Joshua Hoare & Alicia King

November 21, 2015 16:16

After much deliberation, we are please to announce the two selected artist for this year's Two to Three 二到三 program.

Joshua Hoare is a contemporary circus director and performer who will be heading to CEAC in Xiamen to work collaboratively alongside retired peking opera artists and performers from Xiamen's recently shuttered LingLing Circus.

Performers from the 2015 Cirkidz production "We, the Unseen" directed by Joshua Hoare.

"The circus artist has access to truths unavailable to other artists."

Alicia King is a interdisciplinary artist exploring a contemporary engagement with notions of technologic ...

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Announcing the 2015 "Two to Three 二到三" Residency Finalists

November 09, 2015 14:19

We're excited to announce the 9 shortlisted artists for the second edition of the Two To Three 二到三 residencies. This year, we selected finalists out of a pool of nearly 70 project proposals we received, and will be sending two artists on fully funded residencies at CEAC in Xiamen and Organhaus in Chongqing this winter.

  • Natalie Abbott
  • sensorial performance experiences, dance, choreography

  • YuNG & OPN (young & open) is a new dance work exploring the affect of physical failure and vulnerability during performance. The work shifts between obscure images influenced by the ‘pinkness’ of Taipei and the ‘kitsch Hello Kitty ...

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Two To Three 二到三 Open Call 2015

October 31, 2015 17:06

China Residencies is excited to announce the second open call for “Two to Three 二到三”, a program which will send two Australian artists to China for 4-8 weeks on funded residencies (covering flights, visa, accommodation, and a stipend) at partner organizations in second and third tier cities.  

To qualify, applicant must:

  • - Currently reside in Australia
  • - Be available for a 4-8 week residency period between December 2015 and February 2016
  • - Have previously visited China
  • Register an artist's account on China Residencies

There are no restrictions on age, ethnicity, background, or medium of artistic practice. Curators, writ ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Elisa Ferrari aboard Twenty-Three Days At Sea

October 25, 2015 11:26

Elisa Ferrari is the very first artist to complete the Twenty-Three Days At Sea residency aboard a cargo ship sailing from Vancouver to Shanghai. 

China Residencies: How did you first year hear about Twenty-Three Days At Sea?

Elisa Ferrari: I work as exhibition manager and curator at VIVO Media Arts Centre and Vancouver artists-run centres are somehow all connected. When I read the 23 Days At Sea open call on Access Gallery’s website, I decided to apply. I saw it as an opportunity to take a break from administrative and curatorial work and think more about my art practice. The call and the route of the vessel (Vancouve ...

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October 24, 2015 17:51

In Chongqing, we sat down with Ni Kun, the curator and co-founder of Organhaus, in their recently opened second venue, LP Space.

China Residencies: When was Organhaus founded?

Ni Kun: In 2006. 

CR: What’s your background? 

NK: I studied industrial administration, I really just decided to get into art out of the blue.

CR: So how did you become interested in art? 

NK: By accident, really. When I came to Chongqing, I studied at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute because I was interested in lacquer painting and lacquerware making. I started becoming friends with others who shared my interest in contemporary art. I used to make art mysel ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: British Council + PRS for Music Foundation - Musicians in Residencies China

September 25, 2015 15:01

We spoke with Joanne Yang, Arts Manager in the Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate-General in Chongqing, about the many programs connecting artists from the UK to opportunities in China. 

China Residencies: Tell us a little bit about the British Council’s Musicians in Residence program:

Joanne Yang: This is the third year of our music China Residencies. We mostly focused on independent musicians, sending four artists, Imogen Heap, Gareth Bonello, Jamie Woon and Matthew Bourne in the first year in 2012. For the second round in 2014, they sent 5 artists, Anna Meredith, Arun Ghosh, Oliver Coate ...

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Remembering Crystal, One Year Later

August 10, 2015 15:29

It’s been a year since Crystal died. 
This past year been a lot of things: a year marked by the absence of her laugh, enthusiasm, and dedication, but also a year filled with an amazing mix of work, friends, accomplishments, and life that keep me busily running all around the world, creating useful things that hopefully help others. Crystal was the best. In this past year, everyone who knew her agreed, tacitly or explicitly, to become a bit more like her in some way in some way or another. To do things that scare us, to take care of others, to be more generous, thoughtful, curious and adventurous, to get things done, and most of all ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Halszka Masash at Metaverse Makeovers

July 13, 2015 21:02

Halszka Masash is one of the first virtual residencies at Metaverse Makeovers, an innovative augmented-reality nail art company based in Shanghai, Melbourne, Hong Kong, and online. They invite artists to create cross-cultural, collaborative, future-forward MM Nails by hosting "In-App" and "On-Nail" artist residencies. 

China Residencies: How did you hear about the Metaverses Makeovers residency?

Halszka Masash: Through a friend, but I had also worked previously with Thea [Baumann] and Kati [Elizabeth], on other projects, so they were already aware of what I was able to produce.

CR: Had you been to (or thought about) going ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Brian Michael Reed at Arteaga, Zhujiajiao & XuCun

July 01, 2015 21:55

Brian Michael Reed is an artist working across a multitude of media who turned a sub-par residency experience into a stepping stone for establishing a successful career in Asia.

China Residencies: What first got you interested in getting to China?

Brian Michael Reed: I think some idea on China lives in most foreigners’ imaginations. My wanderlust to explore China came from looking at National Geographic magazine when I was probably 5 or 6 years old. I remember looking at scenes from the Yangtze River, like the Giant Lushun Buddha and men pulling giant junks up the rapids. I think this is a typical way in whi ...

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Introducing our 2015 summer interns

June 19, 2015 19:21

This year, we had so many great applicants for our summer internship that we are working with 3 great young people from across China and the US.

李家隆 Jialong Li graduated from CUNY, Queens College, with Master degrees in Urban Studies in 2015, and holds a BA in Publishing & Arts from Sichuan University in Chengdu. He is originally from Beijing and has lived in New York since 2013.

Sophia Wu recently graduated with a B.A. in Economics from St. Mary's College of Maryland. Splitting her time between Washington, D.C. and Beijing, she is interested in utilizing her passions for the visual arts and writing to bridge gaps between cu ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: 4A Beijing Studio Program

June 11, 2015 14:33

Sydney's 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is an initiative of the Asian Australian Artists’ Association (4A), a non-profit organisation established in 1996 to present and promote the work of Asian and Asian-Australian artists. Several years ago, 4A launched a residency program for Australian artists in Beijing, hosted by Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin in his studio in Huairou. 

4A's Assistant Curator Toby Chapman tells us more about the 4A Beijing Studio Program, which is currently accepting applications for 2015 until June 19th.

China Residencies: This is the 4th edition of the 4A Beijing S ...

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