Mainland China, Hong Kong, China, Switzerland
March 10, 2021
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Cultural practitioners from Switzerland may apply for residencies in China, while cultural practitioners from China can apply for residencies in Switzerland. Below you will find more information about the countries in question.
Applications for residencies in 2022 can be submitted until March 10, 2021 via myprohelvetia. The residencies for 2021 have already been assigned. Applications must be written in English.
Pro Helvetia supports three residencies per person at most.
Residencies serve to gain inspiration, to establish networks and to work on projects. Pro Helvetia offers accommodation, travel costs, a daily allowance, professional supervision, a workplace (on request) and a contribution to production/ material costs (on request).
A4 Art Museum, Chengdu (Visual Arts)
Founded in March 2008 and has held 37 contemporary art exhibitions and over 500 educational events since. Located in Chengdu’s Luxelakes Eco-City in a structure designed by architect Antoine Predock. Works to promote outstanding artists and the pioneering development of contemporary art.
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AM Space, Shanghai (Visual Arts, Performance)
An independent experimental art space founded by Shanghai artists in 2008. Supports young curators, exhibitions, forums and workshops. They provide an exhibition and exchange platform for many art forms including visual art, performance art and multimedia, organizing academic exchange events and experimental art performances.
Chronus Art Center, Shanghai (Visual Arts esp. with new media focus)
China’s first nonprofit art organization dedicated to the presentation, research, creation and scholarship of media art. CAC with its exhibitions, residency-oriented fellowships, lectures and workshop programs and through its archiving and publishing initiatives, creates a multifaceted and vibrant platform for the discourse, production and dissemination of media art in a global context.
Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen (Visual Arts)
For more than twelve years, the Chinese European Art Center has hosted and premiered international artists from all over the world. With studios, exhibitions, contemporary film festivals, concerts, lectures, workshops and an artists-in-residence program, the CEAC plays a central role in southeast China’s cultural landscape.
Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing (Visual Arts, Performance)
Located in the Xishan Cultural and Creative Boulevard in Beijing. With a focus on the critical viewpoint born out of cultural, historical and political relatedness instead of exclusiveness, they look within ourselves and promote dialogue with the cutting-edge art practices worldwide.
Making Space, Guangzhou (Visual Arts)
Founded in 2017, Making Space is located in Panyu, Guangzhou, near a neighborhood that has been going through a major transformation. Making Space opens to all who have the desire to express in an honest and concrete way, and wants to extend the boundaries of perception and knowledge via conversation and collaboration.
Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai (Visual Arts, Performance)
A private, non-profit contemporary art centre transformed from Shanghai Paper Machine Factory. The Museum presents the production requirements of various experimental theatres, featured contemporary art exhibitions and performances. McaM distinguishes itself through its promotion of contemporary art activities based on visual performance.
OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT) Shenzhen, Shenzhen (Visual Arts)
Founded in 2005, one of the seven headquarters of the OCAT museums. OCAT Shenzhen has a long-term commitment to the practice and research in the field of contemporary art and theory inside of China and in the international arena. Its programs focus on in-depth surveys, research, publication, and presentation of exhibitions. Residency space hosts artists from September to November each year.
Organhaus, Chongqing (Visual Arts, Performance)
An independent art organization made of artists and curators in cooperation. Started in 2007 and located within 501 Art Warehouse in Chongqing, with nearly 200 sqm studio residency and exhibition space. Organhaus is dedicated to the exploration of experimental and multi-media art focused on the progress of urbanization and globalization.
Po Leung Kuk, Hong Kong (Visual Arts, Music)
Provides short-term residential services to local and overseas young artists, offering them a space for exchange, to inspire each other and explore the realms of creativity. Studio is located at a French-style historic building in Happy Valley, Hong Kong.
Points Center for Contemporary Art, Suzhou (Visual Arts)
Located on Dianshan Lake in the ancient town of Jinxi, on the outskirts of Kunshan. The center itself covers 2,000 sqm, filled with elaborate tower-and-pavilion style buildings, containing eight residencies. The international residency program is oriented to artists of all nationalities and disciplines.
Shanghai Museum of Glass, Shanghai (Visual Arts)
Hosts studios of leading artists in China practicing with video, installation, etc. Opened in 2011, the Shanghai Museum of Glass is listed as one of the three must-visit museums in China. This museum has presented impressive exhibitions over the past several years, from the academic glass art exhibition by domestic and international artists, the ancient glass themed exhibition, to Keep It Glassy series exhibition, and the cross-border “Annealing” series exhibition, started in 2015, fusing glass and contemporary art together mutually. In this museum, glass art and design crosses the border between time, space, culture and language, and is presented to the public audience in different cross-type forms.
Studio Gallery, Shanghai (Visual Arts)
The studio gallery takes the artists’ actual work experience and real thoughts as its core value, supports the artist residence projects and topical exhibition programs. By means of long-term exchanges and dialogue with international artists and curators, studio gallery continues to initiate various topical exhibitions, research-based educational programs and publications.
Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing/ Xiamen (Visual Arts)
Situated in Beijing’s Caochangdi Art District, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre was China’s first independent organization specializing in contemporary art photography upon its founding. It was jointly founded by the influential Chinese contemporary photographer RongRong and his wife, the celebrated Japanese photographer Inri. Since June 2007, Three Shadows has become the country’s premiere platform for the presentation, promotion, discovery and international exchange of high-caliber photography. Three Shadows Photography Art Centre is comprised of two spaces, north and south: one is situated in Beijing’s Caochangdi Art District, while the other is located in Xinlinwan, Jimei District in the city of Xiamen in southern China. The Beijing location includes 4600 square meters of space and 2600 square meters of landscape architecture. The Xiamen location includes more than 3600 square meters of space. Aside from its exhibition spaces, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre also includes +3 Gallery, image production facilities (Xiamen location), a vast library (Xiamen location), a book store, and a cafe.
Xinqiao Art Complex, Shanghai (Visual Arts)
Started in 2014 and located in Songjiang, one of the largest gathering place for art creation in Shanghai. Hosts 100 art and design studios and holds nearly 50 art exhibitions and activities every year. 20% of residents come from abroad.
Atelier Mondial, Basel (Visual Arts)
Embassy of Foreign Artists, Geneva (Visual Arts)
Gleis 70, Zurich (Design, Visual Arts)
Rote Fabrik, Zurich (Visual Arts, Dance, Music, Performance)
Villa Sträuli, Winterthur (Photography, Visual Arts)
L’ Abri, Geneva (Dance, Performance)
Residency.ch, Bern (Visual Arts, Dance, Music, Performance)
La Becque, Vevey (Visual Arts, Dance, Music, Performance)
Kaserne Basel (Theater, Dance, Performance, Music)
Musikerwohnhaus Lyseloth, Basel (Music)
Villa Ruffieux, Sierre (Visual Arts, Music, Literature)
Schule für Kunst & Design, Zurich (Design, Visual Arts)
Schweizer Textilfachschule, Zurich (Design)
Solothurner Literaturtage, Solothurn (Literature)
Woerdz, Luzern (Spoken Word / Literature)
- Convincing track record: artistic activity with a national/ transregional reach
- Context-related motivation
- Sufficient knowledge of the respective foreign language(s)
- Concrete exchange project with a lasting impact
Further information on Pro Helvetia Shanghai homepage www.prohelvetia.cn, and follow wechat account pro_helvetia.