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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: YZ Creative Art Center - Nancy Blair

February 09, 2018 16:02

We had the opportunity to email back and forth with Nancy Blair, Executive Artistic Director and Curator, for the brand new YZ Creative Art Center in Yunzhu Lake area in Yushu county. Nancy spoke to us about the new residency opportunity YZ Creative Art Center is offering.

China Residencies: How and when did the residency start?

Nancy Blair: The residency begins July 1, 2018. Each year the residencies will be open April 1 to December 1.

CR: What is your role in the residency?

NB: I am the Executive Artistic Director and Curator. I organize the residency program, invite artists from all over the world and work with them ...

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🚨 Open Call for Found Sound China 📣🎤 中国声态驻地项目申请函征集

January 23, 2018 05:37

Found Sound China is a music diplomacy fellowship by Found Sound Nation that brings together eight music producers -- 4 from the U.S. and 4 from China -- for a month of sound collection and collaborative music production. As commercial hip hop and electronic music are currently experiencing unprecedented popularity in China, Found Sound China seeks to promote a DIY music production aesthetic inspired by creative traditions ranging from hip hop to experimental sound art.

中国声态是一个音乐家驻地项目(主办单位: Found Sound Nation),召集来自中美两国的8位音乐制作人,其中中国4位、美国4位,在为期一个月的时间内,进行声音采集和音乐合作制作。在中国,商业嘻哈和电子乐正空前流行,年轻人越来越多地接受和了解各种另类流行音乐和非主流文化。中国声态致力于推广独立音乐制作的美学和精神——无论是嘻哈乐还是实验音乐或声音艺术,并鼓励年轻音乐人将自己的中国背景与文化融入音乐创作中。

✨It starts on July 1, 2018 with a week-long period of workshopping and orientation at Lijiang Studio (a stunning r ...
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Announcing the Selected & Shortlisted Projects for the 夜生活 Nightlife Residency

December 29, 2017 05:34

This year we received 440 outstanding project proposals from all over the world, making the process quite exhilarating but also difficult to narrow down. 

I: project space, The Neighborhood & China Residencies are excited to announce Bonaventure (Soraya Lutangu) as the selected 夜生活 Nightlife Resident. Here is an excerpt from her project proposal: 

"I like to describe my practice as "politically charged;" oppression is an element that triggered me into creating more. I am curious to confront my vision / experience of oppression and freedom with the views that local Chinese people have of theirs. My train of thought i ...

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China Residencies 2017 Annual Report !

December 28, 2017 18:12

What a year! 

2017 isn't quite over yet, but this year marked a major turning point for China Residencies.

As we enter into our fifth year of existence, we're celebrating hosting our 50th artist

Thanks to all of your encouragement and dedicated support, we're starting to feel like we're getting the hang of it all.

Here's a recap of everything we got up to this year, and a look forward to where we're headed next.

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

More than a quarter of a million people visited this website since we started, with nearly half of them in 2017 alone. That's 113,000 different people from all over the world!

We supported eleven incr ...

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Winter 2017-2018 Deadlines + Open Calls + Events + Job Opportunities

December 21, 2017 22:45

Here's a list of deadlines for residencies, call for papers, job opportunities & lots of different things you can apply for that have a connection to China. 


M Literary Residency in Shanghai is calling for writers with an interest in China to apply for a 6 to 8 week funded residency. Apply before January 1, 2018.

NYU Shanghai's Emerging Writer Teaching Fellowship in Creative Writing seeks writers with an MFA or PhD in creative writing with at least one book published or under contact with a reputable press, or a produced play or film, to teach, research and write for a full year. Apply before Ja ...

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✨ Open Call for Nightlife Residency ✨ 夜生活驻地项目申请函征集

November 25, 2017 20:18

China ResidenciesI: project space and The Neighbourhood are calling for DJs, VJs, producers, artists, and performers to work in Beijing for a fully-funded two month residency in February & March 2018, in the ever-growing and increasingly idiosyncratic nightclub and electronic music communities in Beijing and China. 

中国艺术交流,I: project space 和 The Neighbourhood 合作举办的以夜生活为主题的全资助性驻留项目正在向各DJ,制作人,艺术家和演员等征集申请函。项目将于2018年2月至3月于北京进行。不限国籍,年龄,性别,才能和兴趣。获选者将在北京及其他城市不断增多并且极具特色的夜店和电子音乐社区中汲取灵感。

✨ this new nightlife residency is

a safe space for unsafe ideas 


"You see the untapped potential of nightclubs as spaces in need of deeper consideration; you agree that the relationship between nightlife and contemporary art has not yet been fruitful ...

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Announcing the 6th #slowtrain Artist-In-Residence Frog Wing

October 26, 2017 16:57

We are thrilled to support artist Frog Wing, from Lijiang Studio, as the 6th #slowtrain artist-in-residence as she makes her way from Beijing to Lijiang, stopping at Erenhot/Erlian, Hohhot, Baotou/Ordos, Chengdu and Kunming/Tonghai along the way. 

Photo of Frog’s travel journal while she was searching for Toroi Bandi, a historical figure from 19th century Sukhbaatar Province

Frog is a “multidisciplinary visual artist and performer with a nomadic, free-form practice” who works seasonally at Lijiang Studios where she manages and facilitates independent art projects and their engagement with the local comm ...

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Announcing the 5th #SlowTrainResidency artists BUFU

October 07, 2017 00:37

We're extremely proud to support BUFU, who are part of China Residencies' Fiscal Sponsorship Program, as they travel between Beijing, Lijiang, Guangzhou and Chengdu. 

BUFU in Beijing (from left to right: Tsige Tafesse, Sonia Choi & Jazmin Jones - not pictured: Katherine Tom)

"BUFU is a collaborative living archive centered around (pan)Black and (pan)Asian cultural and political relationships. We, the founders of this project, are a collective of queer, femme, non-binary, Black & East-Asian artists and organizers. Our goal is to facilitate a global discourse on the cultural contact between Black & Asian diasporas, with an e ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Amy Suo Wu at I: project space

October 02, 2017 03:53

This past spring, artist/researcher Amy Suo Wu spent three months in Beijing developing "The New Nushu." We had the opportunity to interview Amy about the project, her experience in Beijing and the residency at I: project space. 

China Residencies: How did you first hear about the i: project space residency? 

Amy Wu: Through China Residencies, back in 2015.

CR: Tell us a little bit about your background and practice as an artist.  

AW: I have a hybrid practice as graphic designer, artist, media researcher and educator. My cultural background is Chinese and Australian, but I’ve been living in Rotterdam for the last 11 years. Af ...

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Announcing the 2017-2018 店面 Residents & Shortlisted Finalists at Wing On Wo & Co

September 29, 2017 23:53

Wing on Wo & Co.'s The W.O.W Project and China Residencies are proud to announce the resident and four finalists for The 店面 Residency, a six-month residency in NYC's Chinatown to create a storefront display for Lunar New Year. Our jury for this year: Tomie Arai, Evan Louis, Gary & Lorraine Lum, An Xiao Mina, Juliet Phillips, and Ryan Wong, chose the following five finalists that stood out from the 30 project proposals we received.


Emily Mock

"Cut Out: W.O.W. Shadow Puppet Theater uses the Wing On Wo window as a shadow puppet theater activating stories about Chinatown, sweeping out evil, building h ...

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Fall 2017 Deadlines + Open Calls + Events + Job Opportunities

September 27, 2017 17:13

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


Australia Council for the Arts is providing a six month fully-funded residency at the Institute for Provocation in Beijing. Apply before October 3.

Pantocrator in Suzhou is calling for artist to apply for their 2017/2018 residencies before October 30.

Asian Cultural ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Kevin Ledo at Jardin Orange

August 22, 2017 19:55

Kevin Ledo talks about his experience with the recently opened Jardin Orange residency in Shenzhen, which focuses on graffiti artists. Ledo discusses the terms of the residency, what it provided as well as its relationship to the larger urban area it's located in, which is part of a recent real estate development initiative. 

China Residencies: How did you hear about the residency?

Kevin Ledo: Ceet, the residency director, is into graffiti, so when Jardin Orange started their residency, they invited crews from all over to paint the buildings. They're interested in street artists who also have a studio practic ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Elyla Sinvergüenza at Red Gate

August 22, 2017 18:36

We had the opportunity to talk over email with queer performance artist Elyla Sinvergüenza about her project Cartas Mojadas, which took place last year at Red Gate. Elyla discusses the context surrounding the project and her experience in Beijing while tackling larger questions about her work and the relationship between art, queerness and activism. 

China Residencies: Could you give us background on what the issue is with the Nicaragua Canal, how China is involved and how Cartas Mojadas/Wet Letters is engaging with it all?

Elyla Sinvergüenza: The idea behind Wet Letters is to create dialogue between the p ...

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August 09, 2017 20:50

A few months into the launch of Jardin Orange's residency program in Shenzhen, we interviewed CEET about starting China's first residency dedicated to street art.


China Residencies: Tell us a little bit about your background. When did you start making street art and developing your Chicanos?

CEET: My name is Fouad, my artist name is CEET. I’m originally from Morocco but I grew up in France. I started graffiti a very long time ago. I’m super young, though, “22” years old {*winks*), and I [like to] paint my chickens everywhere.

When I first started, I did conventional graffiti writing: doing letters, bombing trains, tagging in the str ...

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Announcing the Selected & Shortlisted Projects for the 4th Crystal Ruth Bell Residency - Care

August 09, 2017 06:29

This year we received over 500 project proposals from individuals and collectives from all over the world, making the selection process both exhilarating and difficult.

The 2017 Crystal Ruth Bell Residency - "Care" is awarded to LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, for her poetry and performance proposal, excepted below:

"My proposed project, the feeling is mutual, focuses on mutual care within communities of women through a performance, small video installation and a series of poems. Inspired in part by the care my mother received from me during the last three months of her life along with my concern over cross generat ...

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OPEN CALL :: Wing On Wo & Co.'s 店面 Storefront Residency

August 01, 2017 15:43

Lunar New Year is a time when community members celebrate the welcoming of a prosperous and lucky new year. Storefronts (店面 in Chinese, pronounced diàn miàn in Mandarin and dinmin in Cantonese ) hang red banners with new year’s wishes, Chinese lanterns light up the streets, and families gather to watch lion dancers perform. As the oldest operating store in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Wing on Wo & Co. is a center for community gathering that aims to pay tribute to the rich history of its community. 

For the second 店面 Residency, we are calling for artists to create a window display for the storefront at 26 Mott Street in New York City, in ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: The Untitled Space - George Liu Zhen

July 26, 2017 20:53

We recently had the pleasure to 'e-meet' George Liu Zhen 刘震 from the recently-launched Untitled Space 无题空间 in Suzhou where he told us about this new space and their residency program.

China Residencies: How and when did the residency start?

George Liu Zhen: I am a full-time artist, with some experience doing art residencies around the world. When I moved back to Shanghai, I started looking for a studio space for myself, then, one of my friends introduced me to the space we are using now, a perfect place for a residency. Therefore I founded Untitled Space in Shanghai in March 2017 and set up the residency program in Suzhou at the ...

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Announcing our 4th #slowtrain artist An Xiao Mina

July 26, 2017 19:55

We're excited to announce that our very own board member, artist & researcher An Xiao Mina, will be taking over China Residencies’ Instagram account for the fourth #slowtrain virtual residency. An Xiao will document the two-night journey she took from Shenzhen to Lijiang (via Kunming) on July 20th. She will also record her upcoming slowtrain trip, on August 5th, from Lijiang to Kunming and, on August 6th, to Beijing on a bullet train.


An Xiao is a writer, researcher and artist who looks at issues of the global Internet. She is co-founder of The Civic Beat and was a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. She l ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: Kiwisual - Emma Lee

July 18, 2017 16:26

In a two-part interview, Kira sat down with Emma Lee from Kiwisual to talk about their Artist-in-Residence Project in Guangzhou. A year later, summer intern Josue caught up with Emma again to hear more about her experience with East x South East Asia Residency Knowledge Exchange.

China Residencies: First question - who is Kiwi Chen?

Emma Lee: He’s the boss. He’s a designer originally from Hong Kong and loves photography. During a trip through Sichuan and Yunnan, he was inspired to commission a series of oval, cube and triangular-shaped "artist stones.“ He then looked for a place to put the stones and house his different hobb ...

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Summer 2017 Deadlines + Open Calls + Events + Job Opportunities

July 13, 2017 16:49

Here's a short list of deadlines for residencies, call for papers, job opportunities & lots of different things you can apply for that have a connection to China. We'll update this post regularly until September 22nd. if you come across something that belongs here, please send us your tips to nihao [at]!


Banyan Commune in Guangzou is calling for local and international artists and collectives for fully funded month-long residencies to work on projects visual, participatory, and public engagement projects, including installation, video, sounds, performance, and e ...

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