People who run residencies in China work tirelessly to support the artists they host, and often don't get the chance to take a step back and reflect on the future of their organziations, the nature of their work, or even simply catch up with colleagues. The cost of international travel and the difficulty in obtaining visas adds to the challenge of creating meaningful and lasting international exchange between mainland China and the rest of the world. In order to start shifting this dynamic, we're thankful to Transnational Dialogues for supporting our first Residency Knowledge Exchange to help a young arts administrator from China travel abroad for the first time to meet with cultural practitioners in the UK. From June 7 to 27, Hu Xinru 胡欣茹, Red Gate Residency's coordinator, will be travelling with China Residencies' co-founder Kira Simon-Kennedy to visit residencies, museums, and art spaces in London, Manchester, and Scotland. We'll be meeting with the teams running residencies at the V&A, the Delfina Foundation, Gasworks, Islington Mill, CFCCA, Alexandra Arts, and Hospitalfield, and visiting studios, artist-run spaces. and exhibitions of past resident artists at RCA Riverlight, Limbo Limbo, Bosse&Baum, the House of Saint Barnabas, the Serpentine Galleries, the South London Gallery, the Camden Art Centre, the Southbank Centre, White Toilet Cubicle Gallery, Paper Gallery, Caustic Coastal, and many more along the way.
Originally from Xinyang in Henan provice, Xinru graduated from CAFA (China Central Academy of Fine Arts) with a BA in Art History, and went on to intern at Red Brick Art Museum in Beijing before joining the team at Red Gate Residency in May 2015. For the past year, she's facilitated projects for over 50 artists from over 20 countries, helping artists find solutions to navigate translation and fabrication. She works alongside the residency director to organize countless events, artist talks, studio visits, and monthly open studio exhibitions.
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