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4A Beijing Studio Program

Now in its seventh consecutive year, the 4A Beijing Studio Program is a unique initiative that sees three Australian artists embark on a month-long residency in September at the studios of internationally renowned Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin. This experience provides a unique opportunity for artists to be mentored by a leading international artist, undertake research for new works, develop professional networks and witness first-hand the changes occurring in one of the world’s most vibrant capitals. The program covers airfares, accommodation, daily meals, travel insurance and a small stipend. 

Applications are open now and close Tuesday May 8 2018. 

4A Beijing Studio Program has been developed as part of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s broader professional development program for arts professionals. Together with the annual 4A Emerging Writer’s Program and the biannual 4A Curators’ Intensive, the 4A Beijing Studio Program supports emerging Australian talent to work within the Asia-Pacific region. 

About Shen Shaomin
Over the last twenty years Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin has forged an important international career with an emphasis on experimental, conceptual and installation works. Based in Beijing, and having spent over a decade in Australia, Shen’s work spans a number of medium and explores individual and collective experiences of humanity and their impacts on our natural and constructed surroundings. Shen Shaomin has previously exhibited with 4A in The Floating Eye, Sydney Pavilion, 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012); and presented the solo exhibition, The Day After Tomorrow (2011). His work has been included in Liverpool Biennial (2006) and the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010) and most recently featured as part of Busan Biennale 2016 and at Encounters, Art Basel Hong Kong 2017. In China he has exhibited at Today Art Museum, Beijing; Tang Contemporary, Beijing; Platform China, Beijing; Shanghai Zendai MoMA, Shanghai; and Osage Gallery, Hong Kong. Across Europe and North America selected exhibitions include, Groniger Museum, Holland; Urs Meile Gallery, Switzerland; ZKM Museum Karlrusche, Germany; Millennium Park, Chicago and Eli Klein Fine Art, New York. 


Eligibility and criteria 
Applications are open to visual artists who are Australian permanent residents. We are looking for early and mid-career artists who will benefit from the professional mentorship offered by Shen Shaomin; cross cultural exchange and access to 4A’s networks in China; and dialogue and bonding between residents. 

Successful applicants will be selected based on the quality of their past work, reasons for participation, viability of their participation and the potential benefits to the applicant’s artistic development. Decisions will be made by an independent panel and all decisions are final. 

Program period 
Successful artists must be available for travel to Beijing, for one month from Tuesday 18 September 2018 - Tuesday 16 October 2018. Dates are non-negotiable. All three selected artists will be travelling at the same time. 

Application requirements 
To apply for the 4A Beijing Studio Program please visit our Opportunities page.

4A will provide the following to successful applicants: 
- Return economy airfare to Beijing from your nearest Australian state capital city. 
- Accommodation at the Shen Shaomin Studio for the duration of the Program.
- Access and use of the Shen Shaomin Studio facilities, including a print-room, painting studio and video projection room. 
- Daily meals. 
- A travel stipend sufficient to cover personal expenses for the duration of the Program. 
- Access to an interpreter (Chinese/English) during Program. 
- Reimbursement of Chinese visa costs. 
- Appropriate travel insurance for the period of the Program. 

Please visit our Opportunities page for more information on the provisions and amenities provided.

Judging panel and terms and conditions
Please visit our Opportunities page for the list of judges and the full terms and conditions.


Tuesday 18 September, 2018
Tuesday 16 October, 2018
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Venue Address
181-187 Hay Street Haymarket

New South Wales, Sydney

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