A Listing of Notable Artist Residencies in Asia

Artist Colonies in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan

Artists, musicians, writers, dancers, composers, etc. need large amounts of time, free from worrying about life's daily issues, in order to conceptualize and create new works of art. The artist residency, or artist colony, which has been around for about a hundred years, is such a place.

Artists residencies may specialize in the genre, some are geared for painters or digital artists. Some artists residencies may be located in rural areas or may be located in busy urban art centers. What they do have in common, though, is that they provide live/work spaces for artists to focus on their work for a short period of one or two weeks to even lengthier one-year residencies.

In today's globalized art world, it is now imperative for artists of all genres to leave home and work abroad. This cross-cultural artist exchange strengthens both local and international artist communities. Oftentimes, the experience of living in a foreign city where you don't speak the language or are unaccustomed to the local customs can be extremely inspiring and helps to provide new depth and insight into an artist's work. The following is a listing of some residencies located in China, Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan. Click on the individual profile for detailed information about the residency.

The Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC)

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The Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC) was established in 2001. Located in woodland in Aomori, Japan, the residence was designed by ANDO Tadao and its purpose is to help strengthen the arts in the area.

ARCUS Artist in Residence

ARCUS was established in 1995 and is located near Tokyo, Japan. A converted elementary school with its individual classrooms serves as the artist residency.

Arts-in-Residence Taipei (AIR Taipei)

Arts-in-Residence Taipei (AIR Taipei) was established in 2001 and is located at 3 sites. The Taipei Artist Village is in central Taipei near the bustling main train station. The Grass Mountain Artist Village is in the Yangmingshan National Park. The Treasure Hill Artist Village is located on the Xindian River in what were once KMT soldiers' illegal settlements in the late 1940s.

Beijing International Artist Platform

Beijing International Artist Platform was established in 2005. Its mission is to create a cultural exchange in which international artists can learn about China and dialogue with Chinese artists. The residency is for artists, curators, designers, writers, and researchers who wish to live and work in China.

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum was established in 1999. Open studios and research rooms are provided for artists and researchers in residence.

Instinc AIR Artist-in-Residence

Instinct AIR Artist-in-Residence was established in 2004 by artists and has 2 sites in Singapore. Artists in residence also have the opportunity to exhibit their artwork during their stay. More

International Art Residency Beijing, Where Where Art Space

International Art Residency Beijing, Where Where Art Space was established in 2010. It encourages artists to be innovative and to engage with Beijing's contemporary art community. More

Red Gate Residency

Red Gate Residency was established in 2001. This international artists residency program is open to artists, curators, researchers, and writers to live and work in Beijing's vibrant art center.

Rhizome Lijiang Art Center Artist-in-Residence

Rhizome Lijiang Art Center Artist-in-Residence was established in 2009 and is located in a historical area of Yunnan Province. It encourages artists who work with the local community and environment, in addition to their own art.

Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Artist-In-Residence Program

Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Artist-In-Residence Program was established in 1992 and is located in a historical pottery village near Kyoto, Japan. This residency is geared for professional ceramic artists.

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