4A Beijing Studio Program – 2017 call for applications

Applications have now closed for the 2017 edition of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s annual Beijing Studio Program.


DEADLINE:                5PM, Monday May 8 2017

TRAVEL DATES:      Tuesday, 12 September – Friday, 13 October, 2017



The program allows three early career artists will undertake a one month-long intensive studio program throughout September 2017 at the studios of internationally renowned Chinese-Australian, artist Shen Shaomin located in Huairou District on the outskirts of Beijing.

4A’s Beijing Studio Program provides a unique opportunity for these artists to research new projects, develop new professional networks and witness first-hand the changes occurring in one of the most vibrant cities in Asia. The program includes return airfares, accommodation, travel stipend and travel/medical insurance.

Applications have now closed and were due by 5PM AEST Monday May 8, 2017.



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.

The 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.


Application Guidelines


Applications are open to visual artists who are Australian permanent residents. We are looking for strongly emerging or midcareer artists’ who will will benefit from the professional mentorship, dialogue and bonding between residents, cross cultural exchange and access to 4A’s networks in China.

Successful applicants will be chosen 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.

Please submit support material which has been completed in the last two years.



Successful artists must be available for travel to Beijing, for one month beginning from Tuesday, 12 September – Friday, 13 October, 2017.  Dates are non-negotiable. All three selected artists will be travelling at the same time.



To apply for the 4A Beijing Residency Program please download a copy of the application form and include the following:

  • A statement of interest detailing why you would like to participate in the Studio Program and how you will benefit from the experience. Maximum 1 page, 12 point font.
  • A current CV. Maximum 1 page.
  • Support material in the format of a PDF document with 10 images and captions. Please supply video content as a URL web link (10 minutes max).

Please do not send us original material as it will not be returned.



Please supply images in PDF at 72-dpi res with your application. Please include captions and explanations where appropriate. Please do not send individual files.

Video material must be uploaded to a website and URL should be supplied for viewing.



Accommodation and facilities are housed in Shen Shaomin’s studio, 52km from Beijing city center (approximately 60 mins drive). These are newly built residences. The studio will provide daily meals in addition to a program’s stipend. A driver/translator available for a limited number of days to explore surrounding artists’ studio, galleries and other locations.

Chinese language skills are not necessary.



  • Artists are responsible for obtaining necessary visas for entry into China and appropriate travel/medical insurance.
  • Artists are responsible for any excess baggage or freight to/from the Studio Program.
  • Artists will be asked to sign an agreement that outlines the terms of the Program and their travel.
  • Upon returning, artists will be required to take part in a public discussion about their trips.


Enquiries and applications should be directed to:

Micheal Do

Assistant Curator

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Phone: +61 2 9212 0380




Studio Information Nights:

Join one of our Studio Information Nights to meet with 4A staff to learn more about the 4A Beijing Studio Program, and ask any questions you may have about the Program.


6-7PM, Wednesday April 26

Guest speaker: Justin Shoulder

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay St Haymarket, Sydney. Click here to RSVP.


6.30-7.30PM, Thursday April 27

Guest speaker: Eugenia Lim

Bus Projects, Melbourne CBD. Click here to RSVP.


6-7pm, Wednesday 3 May

Guest Speaker: Abdul Rahman Abdullah

Moana, Perth WA. Click here to RSVP.