About China Residencies

China Residencies' non-for-profit mission is to:
  • Map, research, and create a free online directory of opportunities in mainland China & Hong Kong for creative people from all over the world.
  • Fund excellent creative people and projects through residency programs and nurture the next generation of organizers and administrators through fiscal sponsorship.
  • Support and advise existing and envisioned residency programs across the region to foster foster sustainable creative exchange.

We believe diplomacy shouldn’t just be left up to politicians. Artists are cultural and social changemakers, and, in a world where people sometimes forget to listen to and learn from one another, we are passionate about creating opportunities for artists to bring a broader cultural understanding into their work and communities.

  • 1. What’s a residency?
    It’s a place (in real life or on the internet) that provides people with time & space to work on creative ideas & things.
  • 2. How do you decide which residencies to list?
    We strive to interview a staff member and at least one artist who’s participated in the program, and visit each residency in person during to make sure it’s "real" and worth considering.
  • 3. What if you can't tell if it's real?
    If we still can’t gather enough information to figure out if a residency is running, we’ll hold off on approving it and won’t post it online until we can find out for sure. If we can confirm a residency is closed, we'll move it to the archive.
  • 4. Why China?
    Our founders, Crystal Ruth Bell & Kira Simon-Kennedy, met while working at Red Gate in Beijing in 2009. Crystal started meeting with fellow residency directors and decided to create this website.
  • 5. Who’s behind all this?
    Crystal and Kira officially set up this nonprofit in 2013, shortly after Crystal was diagnosed with terminal cancer. They ran it together until she passed away on August 10, 2014.
  • 6. I'm sorry. Cancer sucks.
    Yup, it does. Kira continues to helm the organisation with the support of many wonderful people who serve on our board of directors, take part in our summer internship program, freelance to conduct, transcribe and translate dozens of interviews, and volunteer to help out in countless other ways.
  • 7. Where’s your office?
    It's the cloud! We don’t have a fixed office, so we work from wherever we are in the world that has decent Internet access (and good VPNs to keep up with our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!)
  • 8. Are you hiring?
    Nope, but we always offer have paid summer internships. Right now, Kira and our board members all volunteer their time and skills to run China Residencies without compensation, and we direct 100% of the grants and donations received to maintain China Residencies’ website, conduct research, and fund residencies for artists.
  • 9. Where's the money from?
    From nice people like you! We’re a 501(c)3 registered nonprofit in the USA, which means we can receive tax-deductible donations. We throw a dumpling art party to fundraise each February, and also receive grants to create specific programs.

Contact us at nihao@chinaresidencies.com with any more questions!