4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 4A Beijing Studio Program.

Through this initiative, two early career artists will embark one a month-long intensive studio program in September 2014 (exact dates to be announced) 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 artists to research new projects in rich cultural surroundings, build professional networks and observe the changes taking place in one of the most important cities in the Asia region. On return to Australia artists will be invited to present their experiences in a public forum and make a proposal for an exhibition at 4A. If successful they will be mentored by 4A in the development of an exhibition in 2015. This is the third consecutive year that the program has been running.

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.

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). 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.

Please read guidelines below and download the application form for full details.

Download a copy of the application form




Application is open to visual artists who are currently Australian permanent residents with less than five years’ continuous professional experience (including postgraduate studies), or who consider themselves early career for other reasons.

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 in the beginning of September 2014 (exact dates to be announced). Once set, dates are not negotiable. Both selected artists will be travelling at the same time.

Successful artists will be chosen based on the quality of their works, reasons for participation, viability of their participation and the potential benefits to the applicant’s artistic development. Decisions will be made by 4A’s Visual Arts Advisory Committee Panel and all decisions are final.


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

  1. A statement of interest detailing why you would like to participate in the Studio Program and how you will benefit from it. Maximum 1 page.
  2. A current CV. Maximum 1 page.
  3. Support material material comprising a Powerpoint document with 10 images OR video material (10 minutes maximum) supplied as URL linke to uploaded content.

Please do not send us original material and note that submitted material will not be returned.

Applications should be submitted via email, post or in person to:


Toby Chapman

Assistant Curator

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Shop 3/181-187 Hay Street Haymarket NSW 2000



Applications for the 2014 Beijing Studio Program have now closed. 



Please supply images in Powerpoint or PDF at 72-dpi res with your application. 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 centre (approximately 60 mins drive). These are newly built residences. In addition to a stipend, the studio will provide meals daily as well as 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 outlining the terms of the Program and their travel.
  • Artists will be asked to provide a public presentation of their trip on their return.



Toby Chapman
Assistant Curator
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay St, Sydney NSW 2000
02 9212 0380