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RESIDENCY PROFILE: Red Gate Residency - Nina

October 02, 2013 04:25

In our last installment about Red Gate Gallery's residency program, we sat down with Nina, the residency coordinator.

China Residencies: In your role as residency coordinator, what is your main responsibility?
Nina: I help the artists figure out how to get around in Beijing, and help them accomplish their projects.

CR: What's the most important aspect of an artist residency in China?
N: I think the most important thing for residencies is to engage in the community. If artist only stay in their studios without engaging in other activities, then it doesn't make sense them to leave home to come to a whole new environmen ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE: Red Gate Residency - Tang Zehui

August 29, 2013 18:09

Red Gate Residency is run by a full-time staff of two: residency director Tang Zehui, and residency coordinator, Nina. We interviewed them both to find out more, here's Zehui' perspective on the program:

CR: Tell us the basics about Red Gate Residency:
Tang Zehui: Red Gate Residency was founded in 2001, we're celebrating the 12th anniversary this year. Over the years, we've hosted over 500 artists, and on average we host 70 a year. At any given time there are 8 to 12 artists in the residency, in our 6 studios in the artist community Feijiacun, outside of Beijing, and 3 apartments downtown in Tuanjiehu.

CR: What are some opportuni ... Read More

RESIDENCY PROFILE: Red Gate Residency - Brian Wallace

August 28, 2013 21:19

Red Gate Gallery in Beijing is one of the largest and longest-running residencies in China, run in conjunction with Red Gate Gallery. We interviewed Red Gate's founder & director, Brian Wallace, about the residency's origins and structure:

China Residencies: How did the residency program start?
Brian Wallace: In the 1990s, we worked with AsiaLink who sent us an artist every year on a grant for a couple months. By the time they were settling in, it was time for them to go home. We thought that was a little frustrating, year in and year out. So we organized to rent an apartment, put the word out and got a whole lot of applicant ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE: Global Exchange Artist Residency

August 22, 2013 17:11

Today, we're introducing a new residency in western Beijing, N&G Global Exchange Artist Residency, an offshoot of an arts focused publishing company. We learned more about the debuting program over email from program director Michael Wang.

China Residencies: N&G is a joint venture publishing company and art consultancy. Can you tell us about some of the publications and printing projects N&G has organized since 2010?
N&G: We have done a few digital publishing and printing outsourcing projects on photography books since 2010.  We are planning to arrange our first independently organized art exhibition lat ... Read More

PAST RESIDENT PROJECT: Where does nature begin and end?

August 15, 2013 18:33

As part of China Residencies' research, we also interviewed many artists and and residency directors about the projects undertaken while on residency in China. We asked Jay Brown, Lijiang Studio's director, to tell us about one of the most marking projects created by resident artists. He obliged, thrilling us with his account of Katalog's mushroom sculptures, a disastrous hail storm, homemade ice-cream and bucketfuls of toads. 

"Two American artists in a collective called Katalog proposed art based on energy cycles around the farm here. Cycles of day and night, growth and decay, like the process of rotting wood t ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE: Lijiang Studio

July 15, 2013 18:04

Lijiang Studio is a unique residency on a farm in a magnificent valley in the Yunnan mountains. Artist are encouraged to come for longer residencies,  discovering and immersing themselves into a different way of life to create works that incorporate the land and engage the community. We sat down with Lijiang studio's founder Jay Brown and his two playful dogs in the residency's courtyard to ask about southern China, the Naxi minority culture, and how this residency came to be.

China Residencies: How did this all start?

Jay Brown: I first came to Yunnan in 2002, working for the Nature Conservancy. I wanted to get back i ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE: Da Wang Culture Highland

July 09, 2013 19:08

Da Wang Culture Highland is a relatively young artist residency program situated in a most unique setting deep in the mountainous jungle, on the outskirts of Shenzhen. Hosting a small group of artists at a time, Da Wang Culture Highland also provides communal meals and a broad array of facilities for ceramic artists, painters and sculptors, and occasionally invites artists for fully funded residencies in exchange for a donation of a portion of the work created. We sat down with associate art director and ceramic artist Tom Hayes to get the ins and outs of this residency program:

China Residencies: How di ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE: Inside Out Art Museum

July 08, 2013 15:54

The Inside Out Museum is one of the newest additions to Beijing's cultural scene, and well as one of the youngest artist residencies listed on China Residencies. The residency hosts one to two artists at a time, in loft studios adjoining a brand new museum that presides over the far west side of Beijing, closer to the mountains then to any part of the capital's hustle and bustle. The surrounding village in this quickly developing neighborhood is a perfect example of China in flux, a melding of rural and urban, where traditional lifestyles with daily vegetable markets on the streets exist besides the most mode ...

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Introducing Our Summer Interns

July 06, 2013 23:51

China Residencies is thrilled to have two incredibly smart and very very qualified interns join us this summer to support our mission of providing resources for artists and residency programs throughout China. 

Yi Cao
Grant writing + Events Intern

Born and raised in Beijing, Yi (Sally) Cao is currently pursuing her Master of Arts Management at Carnegie Mellon University. With an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Beijing's University of Science and Technology, she decided to combine her management background with her arts experience to pursue arts administration. In addition to her internsh ... Read More

Guest post for Residencies Unlimited

June 24, 2013 20:49

Residencies Unlimited has been an asset to the arts community for their programming and residencies. This month, China Residencies co-founder Kira Simon-Kennedy contributed her view on the evolving field of artist residency from the China perspective to their archive of "dialogues". 

We just bought our ticket to their Brooklyn based 2013 RU Funraiser on July 21, celebrating the art of travel, and would love to see you there. Send us a message if you'd like to connect. 

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Past resident postcard show

June 04, 2013 03:19

61 artists contributed postcard sized images of work they created on or inspired by Red Gate residences. While the exhibition wasn’t able to show as planned on the Transxpress late last year, it was recently showcased at China Residencies Kick Off Party in Beijing, and also at a pop-up exhibition in front of the Shanghai Railway Station and along the Bund. 

Observers at the pop-up shows were invited to choose a postcard they would like to post to a friend or family member in hopes of perpetuating the exchange. 

Artists who have participated in residency programs in China are invited to contribute one postcard s ...

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Introducing Our Board

April 29, 2013 02:15
China Residencies is proud have support from of some of the most qualified international advisors. Our board includes these awesome people:
Governing Board
Crystal Ruth Bell
Founder & Program Director at China Residencies 

Crystal Ruth Bell is the former director of Red Gate Residency, where she served as the primary contact for prospective, active, and alumni artists for two years. During Miss Bell’s tenure, she successfully diversified the demographics of applicants, specifically in the areas of age and nationality, by broadening the reach of the programs reputation through modern design brandin ...

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Finding a Host Partner in China

April 28, 2013 19:35
Artists looking for a place to do a residency in China may think that finding a host organization would be difficult. As one of the directors of chinavine.org (a partnership project to educate English-speaking audiences about Chinese culture), I know that there are many organizations interested in hosting artists from outside China. The best way to make a connection would be to use the resources you already have or establish new ones in your own community. I can offer a few suggestions for those living in the United States, and maybe some helpful hints that will apply elsewhere.
If you live in the United States (a ... Read More