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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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Announcing the 2nd Crystal Ruth Bell Residency Recipients: AI + PS, Blood Becomes Water, Display Distribute

June 05, 2015 23:28

This year, we're overjoyed to support six artists from three collectives to spend the month of July at Red Gate Residency on the 2nd Crystal Ruth Bell Residency: Duos, Trios & Collectives!

We chose three diverse and complimentary projects that overlap in their use of print, language, design, and their sensitive investigation of specific aspects of China's cultural identity.

AI + PS, composed of designer and handmade book maker 趙宛青 Zhao Wangqing (China), and photographer 歐家成 Ou Chiacheng (Taiwan), will publish a new issue of Extra tissue, entitled "Made in Taiwan", looking into the "close and delicate relationship" between Taiwa ... Read More

Announcing the shortlisted collectives for the 2nd Crystal Ruth Bell Residency!

June 02, 2015 20:55

China Residencies and Red Gate Residency are excited to announce the 12 shortlisted collaborations & collectives for the 2nd Crystal Ruth Bell Residency. This year, we called out for Duos, Trios, and Collectives working in any creative medium from all around the world, and are pleased to announce the chosen finalists out of the nearly 100 project proposals we received.

  • AI+PS
  • 歐家成 Ou Chiacheng & 趙宛青 Zhao Wangqing (Taiwan/China/UK)
  • project: extra tissue "Made in Taiwan"
  • photography, graphic design & handmade books

Zhao Wangqing "Extra tissue vol.1 Poetry" 2014

Zhao Wangqing & Ou Chiacheng "有效期限 Expiration" 2013

Ou Chiacheng "家族遺產 Famil ...

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TALK :: “Cultural Residencies in China” at Art Basel Hong

June 02, 2015 17:37

China Residencies invited residency directors from Hong Kong and mainland China to talk about “Cultural Residencies in China” as part of Asia Art Archive’s Open Platform series at Art Basel Hong Kong on March 17th.

Below is a lightly edited transcript of the conversation between residency organizers Antonie Angerer (I: project space), Thea Baumann (Metaverse Makeovers), Jay Brown (Lijiang Studio), Mimi Brown (Spring Workshop), Ingrid Chu (Asia Art Archive), Emma Karasz (Red Gate Residency), Christina Li (Spring Workshop), Kira Simon-Kennedy (China Residencies), Brian Wallace (Red Gate Gallery), Chantal Wong (Asia Art Arch ...

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ARTIST PROFILES :: Grégory Chatonsky & Dominique Siriois at the Unicorn Centre for Art

May 31, 2015 17:22

Gréogry Chatonsky and Dominique Sirois are the first artists-in-residence at the newly opened Unicorn Centre for Art in Caochangdi. Kira Simon-Kennedy caught up with them as they were installing their current exhibition, Telofossils, in Beijing (on view now in Wuhan until June 30th), to talk about what will happen to all of our tech junk once humans go extinct.

China Residencies: You’ve been here since March?

Dominique Sirois: Yes. If you don’t mind, I’m going to keep gluing things and working on the installation while we talk.

CR: Of course, go ahead.

Grégory Chatonsky: And we’ll be here for two more weeks; our exhibition open ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Astra Howard at CEAC {Two to Three 二到三 }

May 18, 2015 20:57

Action Researcher/Performer Astra Howard was one of the three Australian artists to take part in our Two to Three 二到三 program, supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. Astra spent this past December and January in Xiamen at the Chinese-European Art Center, where she created performances in response to the encroaching nature of the city, the anticipation of new urban development, and chance encounters with strangers.

China Residencies: I’m so impressed at everything you have accomplished in such a short time, and although I’ve never been to Xiamen, it seems you capture so many of the city’s details: the t ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Jagrut Raval at Red Gate Residency

May 08, 2015 20:26

Jagrut Raval, the inaugural recipient of the Crystal Ruth Bell Residency, spent the winter at Red Gate Residency creating new performances, installations, sculptures and food art.

China Residencies: Is it strange being back home in India, after spending so much time in the US and China?

Jagrut Raval: It is, actually. The first month went by so quickly; I was getting to know my friends again. A lot of things are progressing here. I’m very optimistic.

CR: That’s exciting - it’s great that there’s been visible change.

JR: It was good that I went to China; it was like a buffer zone for me. I can see a lot of similarities and that’s helpi ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE: Red Gate Residency - Emma Karasz

May 01, 2015 15:21

Emma Karasz has been running Red Gate Residency in Beijing for almost two years, taking over after previous director Tang Zehui left to become an independent curator. After studying Chinese and working in publishing, Emma dedicated herself to fostering successful projects with artists from all around the world, and took some time to answer a few questions about Red Gate:

China Residencies: What first got you interested in China?

Emma Karasz: I first came to China when I was 15 and was totally perplexed by the place; in other words, I didn’t really like it but felt that I wasn’t ‘getting’ something and wanted to com ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: the Chinese European Art Center CEAC

April 30, 2015 21:21

The Chinese European Art Center is the one of the oldest continuously running residencies in China, having hosted over 150 artists from around the world since 2000. We caught up with Ineke Guðmundsson and May Lee over email to ask them more about their program:

China Residencies: How and when did CEAC start?

Ineke Guðmundsson and May Lee: In 1997, Ineke visited Xiamen with her husband Sigurður Guðmundsson, who is a well-known artist from Iceland. She immediately fell in love with this small but lovely city. During her second and longer visit to Xiamen, she felt the city was missing something in the contemporary cul ...

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Open Call for the 2nd Crystal Ruth Bell Residency - "Duos, Trios, Collectives!"

April 20, 2015 18:28

For the second edition of the Crystal Ruth Bell Residency, Red Gate & China Residencies are calling all duos, trios, collectives and groups of artists working collaboratively to apply for a funded residency in Beijing for the month of July 2015.

Dancers, filmmakers, musicians, circus performers, street artists, fashion designers, curators, activists, researchers, and all kinds of visual artists are encouraged to apply with a project proposal that echoes some of Crystal's best traits and favorite things in the world: kindness, curiosity, color, adventure, and popsicles.

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Joshua Lue Chee Kong at Red Gate Residency

March 23, 2015 09:07

Joshua Lue Chee Kong is an artist and designer with a keen interest in exploring and redefining cultural uniqueness and identity, and transcending racial and social barriers. Joshua recently completed a two month residency at Red Gate in Beijing.

CR: You’re originally from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, but have Chinese ancestry and relatives still living in China. Had you been to China often before this residency?

JLCK: It is true that I am from Trinidad and Tobago, I am a second generation Trinidadian as my father was also born here. However my mom is from China, as well as my grandparents on both sides ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Heidi Bryce at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel

March 03, 2015 22:55

Heidi Bryce drinks tea with a tablespoon of honey. In between cups, she hoards newspapers and found objects, consumes an unhealthy amount of internet content and photographically documents her experiences. Heidi took part in the Swatch Art Peace Hotel residency in Shanghai in 2014.

China Residencies: What motivated you to apply to the Swatch residency?

Heidi Bryce: I initially just graduated from FIU and felt stir crazy about the post-graduate lifestyle. I was tired of academia, but wanted to engage an environment where I could still learn and practice. I started looking into a ton of residencies I found on R ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Juliann Wang at the Schoolhouse at Mutianyu

February 13, 2015 18:19

Juliann Wang is an artist working across many mediums to "create adventures that inspire individual curiosity across often generalized topics of implicit ethnicity, shared humanity, and an intrinsic inseparability with nature, to distill complex concepts into intimate, playful, and approachable experiences." 

China Residencies: You were a Fellow at the Schoolhouse in April and May 2014. How did you first hear about their program, and what aspect of the program first caught  your interest?

Juliann Wang: After completing over a year of research and development, exploring the increase in personal vehicl ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Brendan Earley at Urs Meile

February 10, 2015 17:05

Brendan Earley (b1971) is an Irish artist who lives and works in Wicklow, Ireland. After graduating from NCAD with first class honours, Earley spent a number of years travelling before receiving the Fulbright scholarship to attend Hunter College, New York City. He graduated with a Masters in Fine Art in 1999, and returned to Dublin where he exhibits regularly. He is represented by mother’s tankstation. Earley completed a residency at Galerie Urs Meile in Beijing, and Iona Whittaker caught up with him over email to learn more about his time there.

China Residencies: What sparked your interest in China?

Brendan ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Christopher Strong at Dongdong & Lulu (Nanjing + Beijing)

January 08, 2015 19:59

Christopher Strong is an artist and illustrator from Australia who recently completed a two month residency at Dongdong & Lulu in two different cities, Nanjing and Beijing.

China Residencies: What sparked your interest in China?

Christopher Strong: I’ve had an interest in Asia and particularly China for a while now. A lot of my art has a focus on Asia. China was a natural choice for me for a residency. My initial interest in China was sparked by the fact it is totally different and much more complicated to where I grew up and what I am used to in Australia.

CR: What interested you in particular about Dongdong & Lulu?

CS: I w ...

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A Year of China Residencies in Review

December 31, 2014 19:57

In the year and a half since China Residencies started taking a close look at residencies in mainland China, the one constant has been change. Independent arts organisations close and new ones open in their place. People running spaces move on to other projects, program staff comes and go, rents go up… and all three factors contribute to notable demises of community organisations, co-working spaces, collectives, and residencies.

In Beijing, independent base Homeshop closed after nearly six years at the very end of 2013. Founded by theoretically-minded artists and writers, Homeshop hosted discussions, fil ...

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