China Residencies

Name of Residency: Crystal Ruth Bell Residency
Residency Programme since: 2013
Description of Organisation:

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China Residencies’ non-for-profit mission is to:

  •  Map, research, and create a free online directory of opportunities
    in mainland China & Hong Kong for creative people from all over the world.
  • Fund excellent creative people and projects through residencies and nurture
    the next generation of organizers and administrators through fiscal sponsorship.
  • Support and advise existing and envisioned residency programs
    across the region to foster sustainable creative exchange.

We believe diplomacy shouldn’t just be left up to politicians. Artists are cultural and social changemakers, and, in a world where people sometimes forget to listen to and learn from one another, we are passionate about creating opportunities for artists to bring a broader cultural understanding into their work and communities.

China Residencies supports res artis’s mission to map residency programs throughout the world by building relationships with artists and administrator at residency programs throughout China and the greater Chinese diaspora.

Artist residency programs in mainland China have a unique set of challenges and opportunities. We recommend artists research the 50+ programs that exist to find a program with the funding structure, staff support, geographic location, facilitates, and community setting that fits best with their practice:

We also create free resources like city guides and advice on navigating VPNs that will be helpful for anyone seeking to learn more about initiating creative projects in the region:

Organisation founded in: 2010
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
  • Months: 3
  • Years: 1+
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: more than 20
Studio type and size: N/A
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Room
Shared Apartment
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Printmaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animations
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
  • Curatorial
  • Education Programmes
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Meals
  • Bicycle
  • Computer
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Sound recording studio
  • Film-studio
  • Musical-instruments
  • Ceramic facilities
  • Welding tools
  • Woodworking tools
  • Metalworking tools
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
If your residency does not include accommodation, do you assist artists in finding accommodation?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Other
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : China Residencies also runs a fiscal sponsorship program that supports projects, collectives, and individuals related to our mission.
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): China Residencies runs fully-funded residency programs:- The Crystal Ruth Bell Residency, an annual thematic residency in honor of our founder. The residencies in our network operate in a variety of structures: some are fully funded, others cover all costs beyond travel, others partner with funding bodies outside of China, and other still charge a program fee.
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Travel
    • Production costs
    • Food
    • Other
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: N/A
    Nearest Airport: Varies
    Nearest Train Station: Vaires
    How to reach by plane: N/A
    How to reach by train: N/A
    How to reach by car:
    Street & Number: China Residencies is a web-based directory of over 50 different artist residencies in mainland China & Hong Kong.
    Postal Code:
    Country long: China