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Our Very First Triennial(ish) Report!

December 17, 2015 23:10

你好!Hi !


In the nearly three years since Crystal & I started China Residencies, we’ve set lots of great things in motion. We covered the globe talking about what we’ve been up to, but until now, we've never taken a moment to stop and count — to count our blessings, our dumplings, and our achievements, and most of all, our thanks to everyone who helped us get to where we are now.


So here's a few numbers:

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Over 34,000 people visited our website from 166 countries.

  • That’s 86% of the globe! Help us get to 100% by telling your friends in Burkina Faso, Greenland, Mali, Paraguay, Uzbekistan & Yemen.


We received 522 project proposals to o ...

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Announcing the 2015 "Two to Three 二到三" Residency Artists Joshua Hoare & Alicia King

November 21, 2015 16:16

After much deliberation, we are please to announce the two selected artist for this year's Two to Three 二到三 program.

Joshua Hoare is a contemporary circus director and performer who will be heading to CEAC in Xiamen to work collaboratively alongside retired peking opera artists and performers from Xiamen's recently shuttered LingLing Circus.

Performers from the 2015 Cirkidz production "We, the Unseen" directed by Joshua Hoare.

"The circus artist has access to truths unavailable to other artists."


Alicia King is a interdisciplinary artist exploring a contemporary engagement with notions of technologic ...

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Announcing the 2015 "Two to Three 二到三" Residency Finalists

November 09, 2015 14:19

We're excited to announce the 9 shortlisted artists for the second edition of the Two To Three 二到三 residencies. This year, we selected finalists out of a pool of nearly 70 project proposals we received, and will be sending two artists on fully funded residencies at CEAC in Xiamen and Organhaus in Chongqing this winter.

  • Natalie Abbott
  • sensorial performance experiences, dance, choreography

  • YuNG & OPN (young & open) is a new dance work exploring the affect of physical failure and vulnerability during performance. The work shifts between obscure images influenced by the ‘pinkness’ of Taipei and the ‘kitsch Hello Kitty ...

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Two To Three 二到三 Open Call 2015

October 31, 2015 17:06

China Residencies is excited to announce the second open call for “Two to Three 二到三”, a program which will send two 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 available for a 4-8 week residency period between December 2015 and February 2016
  • - Have previously visited China
  • Register an artist's account on China Residencies

There are no restrictions on age, ethnicity, background, or medium of artistic practice. Curators, writ ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Elisa Ferrari aboard Twenty-Three Days At Sea

October 25, 2015 11:26

Elisa Ferrari is the very first artist to complete the Twenty-Three Days At Sea residency aboard a cargo ship sailing from Vancouver to Shanghai. 

China Residencies: How did you first year hear about Twenty-Three Days At Sea?

Elisa Ferrari: I work as exhibition manager and curator at VIVO Media Arts Centre and Vancouver artists-run centres are somehow all connected. When I read the 23 Days At Sea open call on Access Gallery’s website, I decided to apply. I saw it as an opportunity to take a break from administrative and curatorial work and think more about my art practice. The call and the route of the vessel (Vancouve ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: Organhaus

October 24, 2015 17:51

In Chongqing, we sat down with Ni Kun, the curator and co-founder of Organhaus, in their recently opened second venue, LP Space.

China Residencies: When was Organhaus founded?

Ni Kun: In 2006. 

CR: What’s your background? 

NK: I studied industrial administration, I really just decided to get into art out of the blue.

CR: So how did you become interested in art? 

NK: By accident, really. When I came to Chongqing, I studied at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute because I was interested in lacquer painting and lacquerware making. I started becoming friends with others who shared my interest in contemporary art. I used to make art mysel ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: British Council + PRS for Music Foundation - Musicians in Residencies China

September 25, 2015 15:01

We spoke with Joanne Yang, Arts Manager in the Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate-General in Chongqing, about the many programs connecting artists from the UK to opportunities in China. 

China Residencies: Tell us a little bit about the British Council’s Musicians in Residence program:

Joanne Yang: This is the third year of our music China Residencies. We mostly focused on independent musicians, sending four artists, Imogen Heap, Gareth Bonello, Jamie Woon and Matthew Bourne in the first year in 2012. For the second round in 2014, they sent 5 artists, Anna Meredith, Arun Ghosh, Oliver Coate ...

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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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