Any application received after the deadline (Beijing Time 18:00, Dec. 30th, 2019) will not be accepted.
Description of residency program
Many Chinese poets and critics speak of Shangyuan Art Scene as an utopia of art, which is to say that in a standardized, uniform society, Shangyuan Art Scene is in search of a certain kind of difference, whereby each individual, each creative, and every creative living entity is honored for the way in which they seek their value and meaning of life.
This utopia of art is the achievement of 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 they spent 7 years in site-selection, organizing, planning, and actual construction, the first stage of this modern architectural complex, with over 19,700 square meters and total floorage on 30,000 square meters of land was finished in late 2007. This complex, comprising 21 works of original modern architecture, includes a salon space, a library, an exhibition hall, an open-air platform (from which you can see Yan mountains), a video room, Liang Sicheng Memorial Exhibit Hall, a cafe, a writers’ apartments, artists’ studios, etc.
We will offer artists free space to work, live and exhibit for 3 to 6 months. At the end of your residency period, we will organize a symposium which includes exhibition, publication and reviews of your work. Our aim is to discover and promote talented artists. We encourage creative work that is closely associated with one’s personal existence and life experience, distinguished by creativity and poetic quality. We would like to choose 15 foreign participants each year for our residency program, which runs from April to October. We don’t discriminate based on age, education, where you are from or your race. Artists from the disciplines of paintings, sculptures, architecture, designs and other art forms are all welcome to apply. The decision will be made by at least three committee members of Shangyuan Art Museum.
Duration of residency
The period of the residency is between 3 to 6 months between April and October 2020. (Exact date will be discussed later)
This residency program is for artists in the field of painting, sculpture, installation, performance, dance, music, video, multimedia, and poetry.
Accommodation & Studio
Both private and shared apartments are available, a private or shared studio and exhibition for three to six months for free (whether it’s shared or private apartment or studio depends on the time of arrival and their availability). We also organize a symposium which will also include exhibition, publication, and reviews of your work.
Expenses paid by artist
• We do not provide financial support for our participants.
• And the participant is expected to pay a 300 to 400 CNY monthly utility bill (50 to 60 USD).
• A Security Deposit for all the equipment in the apartment and studio will be charged at the beginning, but it is refundable when you finished the residency.
Expectations towards the artist
During the residency, artists are expected to hold a presentation to introduce his or her works to the fellow resident artists. Among all the works done in the residency, Shangyuan Art Scene has the right to select two pieces (if painting each one should be at least 2 sq.m., if printmaking should be the only copy) as our permanent collection. Works done during the residency program will be exhibited and managed by the Museum for at least 1 year. 40 percent of the profits from selling the works go to the Museum.
Please send in the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org:
1. Pictures (Videos) of your works in separate JPG or MP4 files. With pictures please include the information of Name, Material, Size and Time in the file name or in a separate MS Word file. Each jpg file shall not exceed 4 MB.
2. English CV in MS Office Word format. (Please do not send us documents in PDF!)
3. Scan of your ID (Could be passport or your national ID, and it can be in PDF. It will only be used for verification purposes. We will not disclose it with any other third party).
Please do not use Dropbox, Google Drive, or any other online file sharing services. Almost all of them cannot be accessed from China. It is better for you to just send us your files via email attachments. If your files are too big or too many, you can send them in parts via multiple email attachments, we will accept that.
Shangyuan Art Scene aims to choose 15 to 20 foreign artists per year to participate in the residency program, which runs from April to October. There is no restriction in age, education, district, and race. It is required to be the original creator of the paintings, sculptures, architecture designs or other art forms which submitted and will be reviewed by three committee members of Shangyuan Art Scene. The results will be announced by the end of January 2020.
Duration of residency
3 to 6 month
Both private and shared apartments are available
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Performance, Dance, Music, Video, Multimedia, and Poetry.
Studio / Workspace
Both private and shared studios are available
Fees and support
No financial support, expected 300 to 400 CNY monthly utility bill (50 to 60 USD).
Expectations towards the artist
Presentation (Obligatory), Exhibition (Optional), Donation of Artworks (obligatory)