kiwisual is named after designer Kiwi Chan, who was inspired during a trip to Sichuan and Yunnan in 2004 to create a series of oval, cube and triangular-shaped "artistic stones” after the trip. “Where should I put the stones?” Kiwi thought, on completion of the series.
Meanwhile, he was also picking up photography, discovering the fun of RVs, and thinking more and more about establishing a space to meet with friends: the idea of an artistic space was born. He found a quiet and peaceful corner 30 minutes away from downtown Guangzhou, and built up an ecological and artistic resort there, building on the inspiration generated from the many journeys over the years, with materials of different forms and designs, and in his creative spatial disciplines of “heaven, earth and water”. That was how Arteco was born.
Arteco is an ecological and artistic resort located in suburban Guangzhou, with facilities including log cabins, RVs, fish ponds, Chinese and western cuisine, and farms. Besides offering ecological fun, the other signature offer of Arteco is its artist-in-residence project that invites artists of different artistic disciplines and cultural backgrounds for on-site crossover creation with the "kiwisual Artistic Stones", making it one of the platforms of culture and arts of the city.
“kiwisual”以陈奇伟Kiwi Chan命名。陈先生在2004年的川滇之行中深受启发，从旅程回来后创作了“kiwisual艺术石头”，圆、方、角三石，三大三小。这六块石头面世后，摆放在哪儿呢？此时恰逢陈奇伟重燃摄影兴趣，又拾起对旅行房车的爱好，以及近年来开辟角落以人聚人的构想越发强烈，一个艺术空间的想法便应运而生。此时一块近50亩、离市区仅20多分钟车程的“净土”走进了陈奇伟的视野，他便把多年积累下来的所见所感，用一把一把不同的物料，用心地遵循着“天”、 “地”、 “水”的设计，砌出一方生态与艺术并存的写意空间，这就是后来的“壹艺谷”。
Artists who engage in painting aged 18 or above.
Creation: The artist shall be obliged to work on two pieces of the "kiwisual Artistic Stones" (one large and one small), and finish all the work within the residence; content of the work will not be limited, but they shall be responsible for his or her work, which should not involve pornography, politics or plagiarism; the artist can either finish the work on his or her own, or collaborate with local artists or groups.
Past artists: http://www.kiwisual.hk/en/case.php
International artists who engage in painting aged 18 or above.
Length of residence is not limited with a monthly fee.
Artists who are interested please send your bio and portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state if you will work with the "kiwisual Artistic Stones" or not.
Located in Panyu Guangzhou—5 minutes from Guangzhou South Railway Station, Arteco boasts of its reservation of the nature. Facilities include log cabins, RVs, twin ponds, organic farms, recreation & entertainment (outdoor karaoke) and Chinese/western cuisine. With an area of 34,000 square meters, Arteco also serves as a perfect venue for high-end tailormade arts/cultural events.
There are 10 log cabins at Arteco, all with standard twin beds, independent bathrooms and balconies. They are great inspiration for art and creative writing.
The studio is 55-square-meter, equipped with a 60-inch hi-fi PC screen, and perfect for artistic creation, meetings and DIY workshops.
You can pick vegetables at the farm and cook in the 70 square meters kitchen with professional kitchenware.
One artist in residence said: "it’s been a transcendent experience!"—That has become our promise since.
Accommodation, studio (art materials included), food and transportation to and from the nearest metro station will be provided by "1-art valley" for RMB 6,500/month;
Optional service: "1-art valley" offers sight-seeing and art exchange service for the resident artist to visit tourist spots of Guangzhou City, as well as art museum, art village, creative centers and galleries; for a 3-week residence, there will be two of such visits, and the fee is CNY3,000;
The artist shall be responsible for his or her visa and air fare to travel to China;
An accompanying spouse will depend on the specific circumstances.
kiwisual will organize at least one public exhibition for the artists' stonework every year.
1. Joint Exhibition of 4 Artists’ Cross-over kiwisual Stones
Fang Suo Commune, Guangzhou, December 2014
2. Chinese-styled kiwisual Stones Charity Exhibition
Foshan Golf Club, Foshan, March 2015
3. "Stone Talk" Exhibition
Upperhills, Shenzhen, March 2015
4. Art Canton 2016 (Guangzhou)
5. Shanghai Art Fair 2016
And the list is expanding as our gallery in Wuxi City opened in May 2017. We are keen on working with professional artists from all over the world.