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Open Call for the Crystal Ruth Bell Fully Funded Residency at Red Gate

September 28, 2014 20:51

To honor the spirit and and life of our friend Crystal, Red Gate, together with China Residencies, is thrilled to announce the inauguration of the Crystal Ruth Bell Residency. 

Crystal loved helping great projects happen in China, and she herself had a very eclectic art practice that spanned video, photography, design, fashionfood and street art. For the inaugural residency in her memory, we'll choose an artist from any discipline who proposes to make something new, exciting, and that's never been done before in Beijing. There are no restrictions on the artists' mediums, age, nationality, ethnicity, gender, or an ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: Institute for Provocation

September 05, 2014 02:40

China Residencies visited Beijing’s Institute for Provocation residency, located in a historic courtyard right in the center of the city’s old hutong alleyways, to speak with director Max Gerthel and residency cooridnator Sid Gulinck about architecture, public space and the importance of experimentation.

China Residencies: How did IFP get started?

Max Gerthel: Institute for Provocation grew out of its predecessor Theatre in Motion, a residency programme and culture exchange project focused on alternative performing arts founded by Belgian sinologist and dramaturge Els Silvrants-Barclay in 20 ...

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Announcing the 2014 "Two to Three 二到三" Residency Artists

August 22, 2014 22:46

This year marked the launch of China Residencies’ “Two to Three 二到三” program, which sends three Australian artists on funded residencies to partner organizations in second and third tier cities in China.  

We are proud to announce the three artists chosen for this year’s program: Iain Bonner, Jason Hendrik Hansma, and Astra Howard. Jason will be attending the Organhaus residency in Chongqing, Iain will be attending the TCG Nordica residency in Kunming, and Astra will be attending the Chinese European Art Center (CEAC) residency in Xiamen.  The artists selected for this opportunity will draw on their past experienc ...

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In Memoriam: Crystal Ruth Bell (1985-2014)

August 20, 2014 17:28

Crystal Ruth Bell, China Residencies' founder, passed away on Sunday, August 10th, 2014. For over two and half years, Crystal lived with advanced skin cancer, but that didn't stop her in her efforts to open the world of China's opportunities to artists all across the globe.

In 2009, Crystal moved to Beijing and became director of the Red Gate Residency. I met her that fall, when I began an internship at Red Gate Gallery. Crystal was working on increasing the program's diversity, in terms of the artists' medium, age, backgrounds and country of origins. Crystal also loved maps. In her two years at Red Gate, she expanded the prog ...

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July 07, 2014 04:08

We got the chance to interview Luo Fei, TCG Nordica's curator and residency program manager while in Kunming to talk about their mission of bridging cultures through artistic exchange:

China Residencies: How did you first get involved with TCG Nordica?
Luo Fei: I started here in 2006, and before that I worked at Lijiang Studio on art projects and the residency program with Jay Brown. After that I started at TCG Nordica as the gallery curator and then started to manage TCG's residency program for international and Chinese artists.

CR: When was TCG founded?
LF: Nordica started in 2000. We were one of the first galler ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: Where Where Art Space

June 27, 2014 16:45

We caught up with Gordon Laurin, the founder and director of Where Where Art Space in Caochangdi, outside of Beijing, to talk about his young program:

China Residencies: Can you tell us the history of Where Where Space?
Gordon Laurin: Three years ago, I decided to relocate to Beijing. After doing one year of freelance curating and writing, I thought that it would be interesting to set up a project space for artists from all over the world to come and do a residency here. I also wanted to have a project space where we could host exhibitions for young, emerging Chinese artists, and other artists from the internation ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Anna Glynn at 24HR Art

June 26, 2014 21:11

Anna Glynn is an Australian artist working in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, writing, music, sound, installation, film making, moving image, digital animation and theatre. She has built a lasting relationship with China over multiple residencies, exhibitions, and collaborations in China.

China Residencies:  What sparked your interest in China?

Anna Glynn:  I grew up on a farm in Melbourne on the Yarra River. The area was the site of historic gold mining in the 1800s – many of these miners were Chinese. As a child I created small archaeological digs at the bank of the Yarra River, discovering broken smoki ...

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Two To Three 二到三 Open Call for Funded Residencies to China

May 08, 2014 08:01

[Applications are now closed.]

China Residencies is excited to announce the first open call for “Two to Three”, a program which will send three 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 a member of (create a free online account)
Be available for a 4-8 week residency period between September-December 2014
Have previously visited China

Residency location options:

TCG Nordica in Kunming, Yunnan is dr ...
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ARTIST PROFILE :: Tim Darbyshire at Rhizome

May 08, 2014 07:05

Tim Darbyshire is a dancer and choreographer from Australia whose works question how abstract ideas can be translated through movement and the body outside of traditional dance vocabulary. While Tim was on an Asialink residency at Rhizome in Lijiang, we filmed a snippet of his work-in progress and interviewed him about the experience:

China Residencies: Tell us about the inspiration behind this piece.
Tim Darbyshire: I’m interested in body as luggage, as an object that doesn’t have it’s own autonomy. Also, I've been exploring martial arts training, kungfu, tai chi, qigong  — obviously China is the birthplace of a ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Ross Kelly at Global Exchange Center Artists Residence

March 06, 2014 18:52

Multimedia artist and photographer Ross Kelly tells us about his time at the Global Exchange Center Artists Residence in Beijing.

China Residencies: What sparked your interest in China?
Ross Kelly: I had completed several works in China before and had been looking for an opportunity to return to photograph some more. It's something I have wanted to do for several years. Also, I wanted to look into accessing the Chinese art market and see if there were any possibilities to show my work there.

CR: Your work often addresses themes of urbanism, mapping, and borders. Is travel an integral part of your practice?
RK: I w ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Barbara Suen at Imagine Gallery

February 21, 2014 02:46

Barbara Suen was an artist-in-residency at Imagine Gallery in 2011, generously funded by the Ontario Arts Council. She reached out to tell us about her experiences and the international collaborations that arose from her time in China.

China Residencies: What sparked your interest in China?
Barbara Suen: I am a Canadian of Chinese ethnicity. My great-grandfather was one of Canada’s first Chinese settlers, so I am extremely interested in deepening my knowledge and appreciation of my heritage culture.

CR: Did you apply with a specific project idea in mind, or were you looking for inspiration on the spot?
BS: I ha ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Thomas Wunsch at the Huantie Times Art Museum

February 03, 2014 00:58

Artist Thomas Wunsch, who digitally manipulates photographs into abstract expressionist creations, tells us about his incredible experience on residency during the spring of 2013 at the Huantie Times Artist Residency Program in Beijing.

China Residencies: What sparked your interest in China?
Thomas Wunsch: I had never been to China before, but I've had an interest in the country for a long time. With all the conflicting news I was hearing about China, I thought I should go and check it out for myself. I have travelled and worked extensively in other countries in Asia, but I had a hunch that China would be com ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Mark Rumsey at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel

January 31, 2014 01:26

Artist Mark Rumsey was an artist in residence at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai in 2013.

China Residencies: What sparked your interest in China?
Mark Rumsey: At university, I participated in a study abroad program at East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai. It was the first international trip I had taken out of the United States and it had a major impact on my understanding of the world. I had always wanted to return and see how Shanghai had changed, so when I learned about the Swatch Art Peace Hotel, I applied.

CR: How did you hear about the Swatch residency?
MR: As an artist half of my job is appl ... Read More

ARTIST PROFILE :: Tommy Ting at Organhaus

January 04, 2014 20:19

Artist Tommy Ting was an artist in residence at Organhaus in Chongqing over the summer of 2013. We reached out over email to hear more about his time there:

China Residencies: What sparked your interest in China? How did you hear about Organhaus? 
Tommy Ting: I lived and studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing from 2008 to 2009. When I started doing some research into possible residencies in China I wanted a different experience so I purposely looked at cities away from Beijing and Shanghai. Organhaus appealed to me because they have a strong and dynamic exhibition program. They also have a long h ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Avigail Talmor at Da Wang Culture Highland

January 04, 2014 18:26

Avigail Talmor, an artist and painter from Israel, was invited to spend a month long residency at Da Wang Culture Highland in Shenzhen. This residency opportunity arose from a collaboration between Residency Unlimited, Da Wang, and China Residencies to offer a residency in China as part of RU's annual fundraising raffle

Avigail's work is concerned with the relations between the institutionalized and private, personal and public spaces. Her painting series of Checkpoints observe the non places that exist in our architectural surroundings, exploring the contradiction between security and threat.  

Av ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE: Tai Project (Contemporary Yunnan 943 Studio)

December 11, 2013 03:10

We visited Tai Project (formerly Contemporary Yunnan 943 Studio) in Kunming (where Kay Lawrence recently completed an eco-art residency) to speak with the space's founder and director, Liu Lifen:

China Residencies:  How many residents do you host and what is recommended length of stay?
Liu Lifen: Lately, we've had assistants run this program full time so we can accept 5 to 6 artists each year who stay at minimum for one month and up to six months on residency. We don't really take artists for less than a month, we prefer at least two or three months. One month is just too fast. But overall, the artist's application is much mor ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Kay Lawrence at Tai Project (Contemporary Yunnan 943 Studio)

December 08, 2013 21:27

Australian artist Kay Lawrence was Greening the Beige's eco-artist in residence at Tai Project (formerly Contemporary Yunnan 943 Studio) in Kunming for the month of November 2013. Kay approaches ecology through documentary practices and traditions of handiwork related to textiles. She’s a photographer; but also a textile artist, writer, sculptor and environmental advocate.

She shares her impressions as she closes her residency in Kunming:

My task in this residency is to focus on environmental issues, particularly water, in Yunnan, in an effort to raise awareness, problem-solve and connect with others. My ...

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December 05, 2013 17:40

HomeShop is a lively community of artists, freelancers, entrepreneurs and creative minds the midst of Beijing's hutong alleyways. Originally, HomeShop started as a storefront arts initiative that has since organically grown into an open platform to question existing models of economic and artistic production. 

We sat down in HomeShop's kitchen to chat with one of the collective's co-organizers Twist Qu:

China Residencies: Tell us what Homeshop does?
Qu: We hold events here with our neighbors. Exchanges, swaps, people exchange things that they do not often use, that maybe someone else needs. We offer many differ ...

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DANCE :: Ping Pong Productions

November 20, 2013 22:18

While in Beijing, we met up with Alison Friedman, one of the pioneers of international exchange through dance. While her company, Ping Pong Productions isn't a residency program per say, Alison's perspective on creative exchange and the world of modern dance is valuable for any aspiring dancer or choreographer looking to explore China. 

China Residencies: Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.
Alison Friedman: I'm the founder and director of Ping Pong Productions, and our mission is to bring China and the world together through the performing arts. We do that by bringing Chinese performing artists to ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Trésor Malaya at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel

October 14, 2013 21:56

In Shanghai, we visited the Swatch Peace Art Hotel residency program, hosted on two full floors of a luxury hotel on the Bund. We spoke with artist Trésor Malaya:

CR: How did you hear about the Swatch Peace Art Hotel residency?
TM: A friend send me the link and told me I could apply. So I started filling out the application but stopped when they asked for an application fee. I didn't want to pay, but I guess the application had already gone through. One month later, I got a phone call saying I was accepted, even if I couldn't pay the application fee. That's how I got here.
[ed. note - the application fee is a donation to Doctors Without Bor ...

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