Guanlan Original Printmaking Base is located in the hometown of famous printmaker Chen Yanqiao, the pioneer of Chinese New Woodcut Movement; as well as a renowned art theorist and educator. It is jointly established by the Shenzhen Bao’an District People’s Government, Shenzhen Federation of Literary and Art Circles and the China Artists Association. They decided to build a national original printmaking base with creation, production, exhibition, collection, communication, research, training and market development as one union of China’s Prints Industries. Printmaking Village, the core area of the printmaking base, was officially opened in May 2008.

Eligible Applicants

Printmakers any of the four standard areas: etching, serigraphy, lithography and relief.

Application Process

The residencies are usually between three weeks and three months.

Artists should fill out an application form (available on our website) and submit their photos, photos of work and CV to the organizer, with an invitation from Guanlan Original Printmaking Base or a recommendation from each of these: artist associations, art institutions, domestic and foreign well-known galleries, colleges, associations and famous artists etc. The organizer will report it to the China Artists Association and wait for confirmation.


We provide studios, basic supplies, 24/7 access to the workshop and the help of technicians.

The Print Workshop transformed from an old furniture factory. The Print Workshop has print presses and all types of print materials. We use professional brand-name products, imported from the United States, Britain, Japan and other countries. There are technicians to provide timely and thoughtful services for artists.

There are more than 20 sets of ancient and elegant traditional Hakka Houses, with a lotus ponds, surrounded by bamboo, farmland and hills. The atmosphere is elegant, quiet and charming.

Program Fees

Requirements are flexible but resident artists must leave editions of each work printed in the Base. The Base reserves the rights to publicize and display the collected works.

Additional Information

So far, more than 200 artists from 40 different countries have stayed here.