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        Important Notice:

        Three Shadows Artist-in-Residence Program collaborates with institutes since 2013. We no longer accept individual applications directly. Institutes and individuals who are interested in this program, please contact us for more information.


        The Three Shadows Photography Art Centre is the first art space solely dedicated to photography and video art in China. It aims to become China's most professional and comprehensive platform for the promotion of contemporary photography art.

        The Centre therefore offers an Artist-in-Residence Program to provide international photographers, artists, curators, and academics with an opportunity to live and work in China.


        Artists working in photography and video art will have access to:
        • Fully furnished living quarters
        • Customized individual support to help complete independent projects
        We give artists more than just a place to live. At the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, you will enjoy all the benefits of a 4,600 square meter art space dedicated entirely to photography and video arts.

        Our facilities include a main exhibition hall of 1,300 square meters used for thematic exhibitions from China and abroad, China's largest Library of Contemporary Photography with over 5,000 books, journals, and catalogues, a state-of-the-art professional publishing house dedicated to producing collectible, limited edition, and popular photography books, a multi-purpose room for lectures, seminars, and presentations, a gallery, a full-service café, and a bookstore.


        Three Shadows also fosters a rich community of creative individuals. Through our lectures, seminars, workshops, and renowned outdoor summer concert series, we have built a widespread network of friends from both China and abroad.


        The objective of the artist-in-residence program is to support the artistic process and enrich this community. Resident artists are encouraged to design a unique program, which may range from work on new commissions, collaborations between artist and communities, to teaching residencies emphasizing workshops and master classes.


        We will provide the facilities and community for you to complete your project, introduce you to a far-reaching community of creative individuals, assist you in obtaining resources and materials, support collaborations with organizations and individuals based in Beijing, and help promote your work in China.

        The Three Shadows program is managed on a not-for-profit basis. Participants are expected to cover the costs of living and studio fees, while Three Shadows provides all the necessary support to make your time in Beijing fruitful and enjoyable.


        The Three Shadows Photography Art Centre is a 4,600 square meter art space designed by artist and architect Ai Weiwei. It is located in the Caochangdi Art District, a thriving art community of artists, architects, and academics in northeastern Beijing. The centre is 20 minutes from the Capital Airport and 45 minutes from Tiananmen Square.

        Living Facilities:





        Three Shadows has four living quarters on the centre grounds. There are two small bedrooms (16 square meters) that share a bathroom and kitchen, and one large bedroom (35 square meters) with private bathroom. Additionally, there is a loft (70 square meters) with private bathroom and living room.

        Three Shadows Provides:
        -Room (AC, bathroom, wifi)
        -Room cleaning service (twice a week)
        -Free Lunch at Three Shadows canteen (Tuesday to Sunday)
        -Access to kitchen (Fridge, microwave, electric baking pan, etc.)
        -Access to laundry room (Washing machine, Racks)
        -20% discount at all Three Shadows stores (Café, bookstore, darkroom, printing, etc.)
        -Customized individual support to help complete independent projects
        -One photofolio review with RongRong and inri
        -Planning support for culminating event, though printing/space rental costs are covered by applicants or sponsor. This could be a lecture, slideshow, workshop, or possibly a photofolio review with local artists and a small exhibition. Content must be screened by Three Shadows before the event occurs.
        -Weekly meeting with residency director and other residents to discuss progress of work, culture, concerns
        -Temporary residential registration with local authority


        Residency Fees:
        -The 70 square meter loft w/ kitchen costs RMB 3,800/week
        -The 35 square meter bedroom costs RMB 2,200/week
        -The 16 square meter dorm-style bedrooms cost RMB 1,200/week

        This fee includes electricity, water, heating, local phone calls, wireless Internet access, and comprehensive Beijing orientation.


        Dandi Huo
        International Programming & Directors' Assistant
        or [email protected]