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China<>UK Artist Residency

Opportunity for a UK based artist to have a 6-8 week residency in Chongqing, China in October/November 2019


This exchange Residency Programme is for an artist based in the UK to have a dedicated Studio at Tank Loft located in the Campus of Sichuan Fine Art Institute, Chongqing and time to develop work in a new environment. The selected artist will be in residence in Chongqing, China in October/ November 2019 for a 6-8-weeks. We are looking for an artist based anywhere in the UK, working in any medium with experience of running workshops. This residency is part of an ongoing exchange organised by QUAD, in Derby and Tank Loft, Sichuan Fine Art Institute / 501 Xu exhibition space in Chongqing.


Chongqing is the largest municipality in southwest China. The city of Chongqing, where the artist will be situated, is known for being the energetic centre of the area.


Throughout the residency, the artist will have a studio at Tank Loft and be supported by Mr YanYan a leading artist and educator based in Chongqing and his team together with Chongqing 501 Xu Artspace. The residency will include research trips as relevant, gallery/studio visits and a trip to the Sichuan Fina Art Academy Campus. QUAD will provide advice with what to expect and exciting places the artist could visit, such as Wulong Karst National Park. During the residency there is an opportunity to deliver a paid talk/workshop for the SFAI art students, and if relevant to make an open studio/exhibition event at the end of the residency.


The residency will largely be self-directed; therefore, we expect the artist to be able to be confident to be proactive, resourceful, self-motivated and organise their own schedule. For the first two weeks of this exchange you will be accompanied by QUAD Programme Assistant, Laura O’Leary who will support you.


501 Xu Artspace is a non-profit art organisation that was established in 2006 by artists, curators and teachers from the Sichuan Fine Art Institute. The building, a former tobacco warehouse, is located on the colourful street in the Huang Jue Ping area, Chongqing, and comprises of over 100 artist-studios, an exhibition space and workshop areas.


The Residency includes:

  • Accommodation, an apartment in Chongqing, China
  • Return flights from UK to China (departing around 21st October)
  • Stipend for food (anticipated to be 50yuan per day equivalent to £6 per day)
  • Opportunity to deliver a paid workshop to Sichuan Fine Art Institute students (1000yuan)
  • An exhibition/sharing at the end of the residency
  • Materials as relevant
  • Some local travel


Please note the artist is expected to arrange their own:

  • VISA
  • Travel Insurance
  • Some meals/materials


To apply, please provide the following in a single PDF:

  1. Artist CV (up to two sides of A4)
  2. Artist Statement (up to one 500 words)
  3. Statement explaining how you think this residency will develop your practice, including details of any previous workshop experience (up to 500 words)
  4. Up to six examples of recent work/series, with title, medium, dimensions, and relevant links


Please email your application to or request more information from:


DEADLINE: Midnight GMT, Sunday 11th August 2019

The selection panel: *

Professor YanYan (Director of 501 Xu Artspace, Lecturer Sichuan Fine Arts Institute)

Louise Fedotov-Clements (Artistic Director QUAD/Director FORMAT International Photography Festival)

Laura O’Leary (Programme Assistant QUAD)

*Shortlisted artists will be invited for an interview in person or online.