2019 4A Beijing Studio Program Recipients Announced

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to announce the participants in our 2019 4A Beijing Studio Program.

Jessica Bradford, Owen Leong and Emily Parsons-Lord have been selected to embark on a month-long residency in September 2019 at the studios renowned Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin.

The 4A Beijing Studio is now in its seventh year of providing early and mid career Australian artists with a unique opportunity to research new projects, develop new professional networks and witness first-hand the changes occurring in one of the most vibrant cities in Asia.

Jessica Bradford, Owen Leong and Emily Parsons-Lord were selected by a committee comprising Susan Acret, board member, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; Cameron Macqueen, Chief Operations Officer, ArtChain Global; Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, artist and 2016 4A Beijing Studio Resident; Natalie Seiz, Curator, Asian Art, Art Gallery of NSW; and Shen Shaomin.

Bradford, Leong and Parsons-Lord were selected based on the strength of their applications, the potential benefits for their practices and capacity to extend their own cross-cultural networks.

The 2019 4A Beijing Studio will give these artists a fantastic opportunity to place their practices within a much broader international art context in a city such as Beijing. The Studio program covers airfares, accommodation, daily meals, travel/medical insurance and a small stipend. Moreover, it will provide an ongoing professional mentorship, cross-cultural exchange and access to 4A’s networks in China.

Bradford, Leong and Parsons-Lord will travel to China in September 2019.

About Jessica Bradford

Jess Bradford is a Singaporean-born and Sydney-based artist working across painting, ceramics, video and installation. Her work explores her mixed race heritage by examining representations of cultural identity. Her current body of work explores these topics through a Chinese cultural theme park in Singapore named Tiger Balm Garden. The park exhibits painted concrete dioramas based on Chinese folklore, myths and legends. Privately built in the 1930s by the Burmese-Chinese brothers behind the medicated ointment ‘Tiger Balm’, and publicly bought in the 1980s, the park has been renovated several times by various owners to portray different representations of Chinese culture. The project questions how we define Chinese culture, while engaging with personal and collective memory and concepts of cultural inheritance.

Bradford has held solo exhibitions at Galerie Pompom, Firstdraft, and MOP Projects. Her work has been included in curated group shows at 4A Center for Contemporary Asian Art (2019), Delmar Gallery (2017), Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (2015), Fairfield Museum & Gallery (2014) and Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest (2013). Bradford holds an MFA by Research from Sydney College of the Arts, and was a recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award. She has been a finalist in the Ramsay Art Prize, John Fries Memorial Prize, the Tim Olsen Drawing Prize, and the Jenny Birt Award. Bradford is represented by Galerie pompom, Sydney.

About Owen Leong

Owen Leong is a contemporary artist working across performance, photography, video and sculpture. His artistic practice uses personal mythologies to explore identity and transformation. He is interested in systems of power, culture and representation. His work uses the body, subjectivity and personhood to reflect on universal aspects of human nature.

Leong’s work has been exhibited widely in Australia and internationally including the Art Gallery of New South Wales; Art Gallery of South Australia; Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre; Monash Gallery of Art; 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; Singapore Art Museum; Today Art Museum, Beijing; Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen; and the National Museum of Poznan, Poland.

In 2017, Leong was a finalist in the Ramsay Art Prize, Australia’s richest prize for young contemporary artists working in any medium. In 2016 Leong was a recipient of the MAMA National Photography Prize and in 2015, he won the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. Leong has received numerous awards and grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, and Asialink. He has held artist residencies at Artspace, Sydney; Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art, Manchester; Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan; Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai; and Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong.

His work is held in the public collections of Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bendigo Art Gallery, Gold Coast City Gallery, Murray Art Museum Albury, Newcastle Art Gallery, and private collections in Australia and internationally.

About Emily Parsons-Lord

Emily Parsons-Lord’s artworks vanish into thin air. Creating art that exists at the fringes of natural sciences and politics, she transforms research into poetic artworks that can be inhaled, disappeared, or melt before your eyes.

Emily Parsons-Lord makes ephemeral installations and performances that are informed by research and critical dialogue with climate sciences, natural history, and politics. Her work attempts to reconcile lofty vast infinities of our place in time and space, and slippages to the political realities of being a human today in discourses of climate change. Employing tragi-humour, scale, and performance, Emily interrogates the materiality of invisibility, magic, and stories we tell about reality.

Working out of Parramatta Artist Studios, recent work includes recreating the air from past eras in Earth’s evolution, recreating starlight in coloured smoke, multichannel video, and experimenting with pheromones, aerogel, and explosions. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and participated in Primavera, 2016, the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship, 2017, Bristol Biennial – In Other Worlds, 2016, John Fries Award, 2018, A BROKEN LINK, Central St Martin’s, London UK, 2017, and Stuttgart Film Winter Festival for Expanded Media, Firstdraft Sydney, and Vitalstatistix, Adelaide.


4A Beijing Studio Program 2019 is supported by ArtChain Global. 
In 2019, for the first time, this special 4A initiative is being supported by ArtChain Global, a new platform working at the intersection of blockchain technology and contemporary art. With ArtChain Global’s generous support, we are able to amplify opportunities for artists to explore the region.