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Three Shadows AIR Program


Disciplines: Curatorial, Photography, Research, Visual Arts.

Location: Beijing, China

Duration: Artists must stay at least one month. Most stay an average of three.

Eligibility: No special requirements.

Support: Three Shadows offers assistance with planning a culminating event (lecture, slideshow, workshop, etc.). Artists also have weekly meetings with staff and other resident artists to discuss projects, local culture, and so on. Upon request, a portfolio review with RongRong and inri—the founders of Three Shadows.

Costs: Three Shadows offers three accommodation options. (Artists are also responsible for related travel and visa costs.) 35 square meter studio (large bedroom, private bathroom): 2,650RMB/week. 65 square meter studio (large bedroom, private bathroom, balcony): 3,780RMB/week. 70 square meter studio (private bathroom, living room): 3,780RMB/week.


Program Description:

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre is the leading art space in China dedicated solely to photography. We invite artists to come live and work inside our Ai Weiwei-designed grounds in a quiet corner of Beijing. Residents are encouraged to design a unique program for their stay—this could mean designing new commissions, collaborating with other artists in Beijing, or teaching workshops in the area. Although the AIR program is primarily tailored to photographers, Three Shadows also gladly accepts artists working in other media, as well as researchers and curators interested in living and working in China.

Three Shadows offers artists three different kinds of living quarters—all of varying size and price. Every room has AC, a bathroom, and free wireless Internet, and artists have access to a common artist-in-residence kitchen and a laundry room, as well as a host of facilities at Three Shadows.

The size of the entire Three Shadows complex is 2,500 square meters. It contains an exhibition hall, a courtyard, a cafe, a bookstore, a multi-purpose room for lectures or seminars, a commercial gallery, and a state-of-the-art professional publishing house.

Applicants must submit a short form to with subject head "AIR Program" detailing their basic information and their requested accommodation along with a CV, a portfolio, a plan for their stay, a letter of recommendation, and any other materials they think pertinent. Please inquire for more details.

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