4A announces its Beijing Studio Program artists for 2014

4A is pleased to announce the two Australian artists selected for our Beijing Studio Program in 2014 at the studios of Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin.

Claudia Nicholson and James Nguyen were chosen by 4A’s Visual Arts Advisory committee based on the strength of their applications, the potential benefits for their practices and capacity to extend their own cross-cultural networks.

Aaron Seeto, 4A’s Director stated that “the committee were impressed by the extremely high standard of individual applicants from across Australia. It proved difficult to selected only two participants, and I am encouraged by the number of younger artists who applied. Congratulations to both Claudia and James, who I expect will benefit greatly from this opportunity.”

The Program will give these young artists a fantastic opportunity to place their practices within a much broader international art context in a city such as Beijing.

Nicholson and Nguyen will travel to China to commence their month-long residency in September 2014.


Claudia Nicholson (b. 1987, Bogota, Colombia; raised in Australia) is a Sydney-based artist, whose work is multidisciplinary with a focus in painting, video and performance. As an artist and an adopted child Nicholson occupies an ambiguous position between Australian and Latino cultures. Her work questions the construction of identity in the absence of a known ancestry and subsequent experiences of cultural and geographic dislocation. She graduated from College of Fine Arts (COFA), University of New South Wales, Sydney, in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) and spent a semester in 2008 as an exchange student in Centro Universitario de Arte, University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Nicholson has been selected as a finalist for several awards, including Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize (2008) and Yen Art Award, Gaffa (2014). She has participated in group exhibitions, predominantly in Sydney, including at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Firstdraft, Gaffa, Somewhere Gallery, Kudos Gallery and COFA Gallery. Her first solo exhibition was Silly Homeland at Gaffa, Sydney (2013) and her most recent solo exhibition was presented at Firstdraft, Sydney in April 2014, titled Ni Chicha Ni Limonada.   Nicholson has also taken part in the Next Wave Festival, Melbourne (2012) and has undertaken artist residency programs in Sydney and Peru.

James Nguyen (b.1982, Vietnam) is a Sydney-based artist interested in the critical and applied methods of new art forms to politics and culture. His diverse work ranges from drawing and painting to installation, video and performance. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from National Art School, Sydney, in 2012 and is currently undertaking a Masters of Fine Arts at Sydney College of Arts (SCA), University of Sydney. Since 2012 Nguyen has participated in several group exhibitions including at Articulate Project Space, Sydney; YOLK Collective, Sydney; William Wright’s Artists Projects, Sydney; and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. He has also taken part in collaborative projects in Sydney such as Briony Barr Drawing Project at AIAS Conference and COSMOS Collaborative between SCA and Sydney Conservatorium. His first solo exhibition was at Bradfield College, North Sydney, in 2013 titled EXIT Strategy, and his recent solo exhibition, The Man With the Movie Camera, was presented at both SCA Gallery and FELTspace, Adelaide in 2014.


Images: Claudia Nicholson, Baby I Would Climb The Andes (2014), Silleta made of plywood and native Australian flowers, Image courtesy the artist and Zan Wimberley.
James Nguyen, 360 Degree Radial Arc (2014), multi-channel video installation. Image courtesy the artist.n flowers, Image courtesy the artist and Zan Wimberley.


Beijing Studio Program is an annual program of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and in 2014 is supported by Vicki Olsson.