For a period of seven months - from April 9th till October 30th, 2014 - a group of emerging and mid-career artists from different countries will meet in China to take part in the residency program run by the Shangyuan Art Museum in Beijing. The invited artists, identified by a call which registered a thousand entries, will have the opportunity to stay, work and exhibit together at the spaces provided by the Organization in the rural village of Shangyuan, 30 Km north of the Chinese capital. Among the selected artists, thirteen of international origin need your support to participate, thousands of miles away from the city they live in, in such a unique experience, an extraordinary opportunity for personal and professional growth.
The Shangyuan Museum is an utopia for art located near Beijing, at the foot of the Yan mountains. It was established in 2007 as a residency program for outstanding artists, performers, musicians, writers, etc. The complex, with over 19.700 sq meters of total floorage on 30.000 sq meters of land, includes a library, two exhibition hall, open-air platform, video room, writers’ apartments and artists’ studios. The residency is run by a Chinese no-profit organization whose members are themselves artists, poets and architects who left the city to find a place with peaceful surroundings for their creative activities. Shangyuan Art Scene is the only museum in present China that raises non-government funds to operate ongoing art projects and support young artists at a time when they most need a helping hand.
MEET THE ARTISTS:
We are a group of thirteen artists from America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. We have developed a practice in different art fields but we all believe in the power of dialogue and exchange. We are so excited to have been admitted to the Shangyuan Art Museum International Residency Programand we want to share our enthusiasm with you!
One of the most important aspects in art residencies is the challenge of interacting and working withlocal communities but, at the same time, with people from all over the world. Artists with different nationalities and backgrounds have quite different perspectives and they benefit each other from such diversity. Moreover, China can offer us an extraordinary point of view thanks to its evocative landscape and extraordinary cultural sphere.