Chengdu is a unique city. The art here is different from that of Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou. There are not so many museums, galleries or other kinds of organizations. From the point of view of average people, there are a lot of barriers in terms of awareness and understanding contemporary art. However, Chengdu is a place which is closely bound to art with a longstanding history of culture, possessing a huge number of artists and a unique environment of artistic creation.
In terms of the A4 residency project the important part is to participate in local events and exchanges, not to only confine yourself to your own art. At the same time, the work of A4 is not limited to the city; we also cast our sights on greater China, Asia and the world in terms of the projects which are initiating and promoting.
The program mainly targets at artists or art groups with over 3 years of experience in art creation or curation, who have independent ideas and have breakthrough practices in their fields. Artists or curators should mainly come from the field of contemporary art, with no limitation on the media used for creation. flexible program by program. Please confirm with each program.
Applicants should provide their latest CVs in English and Chinese, collections of representative work with picture and description, the program plan for residence, the program application form and other materials.
(1) The latest CV in English must use the standard format provided by Luxelakes • A4 Art Museum and ensure all information in the CV is accurate.
(2) Collection of representative work should reflect the artistic quality and can fully represent the personal style of the artist. The size of easel painting picture and similar art works should be of the same viewing quality, about 1M in size and named in the standard order (name of the artist, name of the work, category/ material, size, and year). Music and similar works should provide MP3 document or website link; performance art and installation work should provide image information and descriptions with the quality of the picture and format same as described above. Work of other types can use supporting materials accordingly. All materials should be in English.
(1) During the residence, participating artists should regularly provide materials to Luxelakes • A4 Art Museum for media release.
(2) Program plan during residence is a preliminary draft of art creation plan made by the artist; it may include an overall plan of the residence and requirements during the implementation of that plan such as material, space and people. Applicants can make specific creation plans for specific programs. The plan should be in English and Chinese.
(3) The Residence Application Form is the major application document. Please download and fill it up. The form should be completed in English.
Upon completion, please send it to Luxelakes•A4 Art Museum official email at: firstname.lastname@example.org with the title as: A4 Artist in Residence International Exchange Program.
The residency continues over the course of a year, but the most concentrated period of activity is in the summer and autumn. We typically host artists for two months, but we have also hosted them for shorter periods such as 17 days. The specifics are usually determined by the proposal and the works of the artists.
The museum was designed by American architect Antoine Predock and interior design firm DesignARC. In order to provide a diverse range of services to visitors, the museum includes a children’s education center, a public library, a lecture hall, a multimedia presentation center, artist residency studios, a museum store, and a cafe. About accommodation, now we can accept 3 artists work in A4 at the same time, they can share a living room to communicate in the apartment and also have an independent room to live.
The A4 residency program is an important project under the umbrella of the academic/curatorial department of A4. The A4 art museum is a non-profit, private museum registered under Chinese law. The residency is funded by the sponsors of the museum.
Right now we are also planning to produce a catalogue documenting the residencies—summarizing the details of the project, the ideas of each artist and their interviews. We are also working on a conference about residencies for the 10-year anniversary of the museum, speaking from the perspective of the museum’s residency program and dialoguing with different organizations in the field.