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Name of Residency: A4 Artist in Residence International Exchange Program

Since the project was formally initiated in April 2011, the LUXELAKES·A4 Art Museum’s Artist in Residence International Exchange Program (ARIE) has given many artists, curators, and designers from China and abroad the opportunity to interact with one another. It has also encouraged innovative artists and artist groups engaging with fresh ideas and unique artistic research to carry out participatory projects that intervene in the community or city. The residency’s focus on local production, exchange, and exhibition strengthen cultural exchange and academic dialogue between the artists and their surroundings. Based in the local community and the city, the LUXELAKES·A4 Art Museum provides effective and professional scholarly support and coordinates a rich array of events and experiences during the residency, making it possible for participants to expand, diversify, and deepen their artistic practices.

In 2019, the LUXELAKES·A4 Art Museum welcomed the construction of the international artist-in-residence base and the ability to use more of the surrounding public spaces and outdoor areas. The program has expanded from the base into artist exhibitions, public art programs, cultural events, regional interactions, and sites of coexistence, thereby establishing broad interaction and cooperation with surrounding neighborhoods and businesses and connecting different groups and institutions. In this way, the LUXELAKES·A4 Art Museum has created a culture and art program focused on communication and interaction with the public, set against the cultural forms and structures of a new city area, and working in experimental and specialized ways.

At present, the ARIE Program is divided into four distinct sections:invitational residencies, two-way city residency exchanges, open applications for international and domestic artists, and residencies specifically for public art projects.The ARIE residencies are concentrated between May and the following January, and the program can accommodate 10-11 artists at a time. The ARIE Program space is located in the LUXELAKESEco-City, which is home to twelve independent artist studios, two public event areas, and one 1230-square-meter exhibition space. There are also eleven apartments in the city for resident artists to use.

Residency Programme since: 2011
Description of Organisation: LUXELAKES·A4 Art Museum (Former A4 Contemporary Arts Center) is a professional art space established by Chengdu Wide Horizon Investment Group Co., Ltd in March 2008. On August 2016, A4 Art Museum relocated in Luxelakes Eco-City and formally registered as a private non-profit museum. Its structure is designed by Antoine Predock, while the inner space is designed by the firm DesignARC. Comprehensive space like Education Center and library are designed by innovative architect Li Daode. Directed by Director Sunny Sun, A4 focuses on the pioneering development of contemporary art both at home and abroad and has been working consistently to promote the academic research and live experiments of new media art in China. Moreover, it also enhances the international cultural and artistic communication, concentrates on the ecological state of art in southwestern China and promotes the experimental creation of artists. Through its diversified public educational and cultural activities, its cooperation with the communities and cities has been enhanced.
Organisation founded in: 2008
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Part of a Gallery/Museum
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Mandarin
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: between 11 and 16
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Woodworking tools
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
If your residency does not include accommodation, do you assist artists in finding accommodation?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : During the residency period, the artists participate in various simultaneously occurring art projects at the museum, communicating with assorted artists, curators and art critics. At the same time, according to the types and styles of the artists’ work, we selectively introduce them to other artistic projects and institutions, so that they can carry on their project more efficiently.
    Application process: Postal application
    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): At the moment, A4 Art Museum provide a round-trip plane ticket, accommodations, studio, material fees, different kinds of salons and sharing sessions and other opportunities the specifics are determined by the project of the artist and the yearly schedule of projects and events of the museum. In terms of the expenses which are covered by the artist, these change from year to year.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Food
    • Supplies
    • Other
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Travel
    • Production costs
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    • Workshop
    • Teaching
    • Publication
    • Donation of artwork
    • Other
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
    Nearest Train Station: Yizhanzhongxin bus station
    How to reach by plane: Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is located 16km southwest of town. The airport has flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Jinan, Lhasa, and other big and medium cities in China. There are international flights to Hong Kong, Bangkok. Airport shuttle buses to the city leave from outside the arrival gate approximately every 30 minutes between 4:30am and 9:00pm. The cost is RMB 8. It costs RMB 70-80 to take a taxi.
    How to reach by train: The Chengdu Train station is situated at the northernmost end of Renmin Bei Road. Chengdu is the largest railway hub in Southeast China. There are direct trains to Beijing, Taiyuan, Guangzhou, Nanjing and other cities. There are several tourism express trains express within Sichuan province including Guang-Yuan, Yi-Bin and Panzhihua.
    How to reach by car: Suggested taking bus or subwayBy bus T1 /07:03 -20:36/freeTake the bus T1 direction South Xinglong Lake station, and get off at the Yizhanzhongxin station. By subway Line 1 /06:00 -23:00Take the subway Line 1 dire ction Science City station, and get off at the Hongshi Park station, at the Exit D you can take the community bus and get off Yizhanzhongxin station or can walk to the Museum.The entrance to the museum is on the first floor, it can be accessed through the grand lobby then turn left or alongside the red walls next to the main entrance of the Art expo center.
    Street & Number: Art Exhibition Center, Luxelakes, Tianfu New Area
    Postal Code: 610031
    City: Chengdu
    Country long: China