Shangyuan Art Museum

We will offer you free spaces to create, live and exhibit for 3 to 6 months. After your residency period, we will organize a symposium which will also include exhibition, publication and criticism on your work. Our aim is to discover and promote excellent art practitioners. We encourage art pertaining to one’s own existence and life experience, distinguished by creativity and poetic quality. We would like to choose 30 persons each year to participate in our residency program, which runs from March to October. We don’t discriminate based on your age, education, where you from or your race. It is required that you should be the creator of the paintings, sculptures, architecture designs or other art forms which you submit. This fact is affirmed by no less than three committee members of Shangyuan Art Museum.

Residency Programme since: 2007
Description of Organisation:

Some Chinese poets and critics speak of Shangyuan Art Museum as an art utopia, which is to say that in a standardized, uniform society, Shangyuan Art Museum is in search of a certain kind of difference, where each creative individual is honored for the way in which they seek their value and meaning of life.

This art utopia is the achievement of medical doctor and poet Cheng Xiaobei and a group of artists, poets, writers and architects. Beginning in 2000, they raised funds by themselves and searched for a suitable location north of Beijing, at the foot of the Yan Mountains. After 7 years spent in site-selection, organizing, planning, and actual construction, the first stage of this modern architectural complex, with over 19,700 square meters of total floor space on 30,000 square meters of land was finished in the late 2007. This complex, comprising 21 works of original modern architecture, includes a salon space, library, exhibition hall, open-air platform (from which you can see Yan Mountains), video room, cafe, writers’ apartments, artists’ studios, etc.

Organisation founded in: 2006
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Mandarin
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at end of residency
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 3
  • Months: 6
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private 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?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Computer
  • Library
  • Office
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Musical-instruments
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Accommodation
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Public talk
    • Workshop
    • Donation of artwork
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Beijing Capital International Airport
    How to reach by plane: Beijing Capital International Airport
    Street & Number: Shayukou Village, Qiaozi County, Huairou District
    Postal Code: 102212
    City: Beijing
    Shayukou Village, Qiaozi County, Huairou District
    Beijing 102212 CHN
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