Dali Art Factory

The residencies are designed to offer artists a unique opportunity to explore and react to one of Asia’s most stunning and culturally diverse regions through a program of events and excursions that offer a fascinating insight into the real china that is hard to find in the mega cities. You will visit local villages that have changed little in decades and meet artists and craftspeople whose techniques have been passed down through generations. The Dali region is famous for its cloth dyeing, Silver smithing, carving, embroidery, paper cutting, music and its folk lore as well as being home to many international artists who have chosen to base themselves in the region

Alongside our program of local excursions we also organise an optional tour of the Tibetan region in the north of Yunnan which we encourage our artists to experience for its cultural and scenic significance

The residency program is based in our purposely built custom live/work facility that provides our artists with a comfortable en suite living space, separate studio and communal kitchen positioned in a quiet area on the art factory premises. Our facilities include a theatre/performance space, photographic darkroom, library, pottery studio, lecture room and galleries

The residency accepts both individual and group applications and prefers our artists to stay for a period of three months to fully immerse themselves in the region and culture although shorter periods can be accommodated for

All our residencies culminate in a final group show in our dedicated contemporary art space which stages exhibitions from domestic and international artists and organisations including Andy Warhol and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The shows are extremely popular and attended by local artists and enthusiasts as well as being covered by local media.

Residency Programme since: N/A
Description of Organisation:

Brief description of organisation

Positioned in one of Asias most spectacular regions Dali is a historically significant walled town overlooked by the 4000m high Himalayan foothills and ad to the beautiful Erhai Lake. Yunnan is home to twenty five ethnic groups with unique customs, clothing, languages and belief systems. The region has a rich history of traditional arts and crafts and Dali was historically a major destination on the ancient Tea Horse road (Southern Silk Road) that connected Yunnan with the rest of Asia

The Dali Art Factory is a three year old facility occupying a series of old factory buildings and encompasses galleries, a photography museum, bookshops, bar, coffee shops, workshops and studios. The Art Factory has positioning itself as a cultural hub in the region and is committed to providing a home for cultural interaction, creative expression and artistic discussion through a program of residencies, exhibitions, workshops and cultural events.

Organisation founded in


Organisation founded in: 2014
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 3
Number of studios: 4
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Film-making
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): 5000 RMB
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    Selection process: By staff
    Setting: Rural
    How to reach by plane: Dali Airport
    How to reach by train: Dali Railway Station
    Street & Number: No 56, Cangping Street
    Postal Code: 617003
    City: Dali City
    Country long: China
    No 56, Cangping Street
    Dali City 617003 CHN
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