Wellington artist wanted for Beijing residency

4 April 2013

Wellington City Council and the Asia New Zealand Foundation are again calling for proposals from Wellington artists to take part in a residency at Beijing’s prestigious Red Gate Gallery, an international centre for artists.

One artist will be selected to spend three months at Red Gate as part of the Wellington Asia Residency Exchange (WARE) programme.

Following the success of two past residency programmes at Red Gate, a similar opportunity is being offered this year. Visual artists can now apply for the residency, which begins in September.

Ben Buchanan, who makes works based around abstract art and pattern-making, was last year’s resident at Red Gate.

"Beijing was the first place I have been where I had no idea what was going on – it was awesome! It changed the way I think about art, it changed the way I think about the world," says Buchanan.

2011 recipient, Erica Van Zon says a year and a half on she is still reflecting back to her time in Beijing and developing works.

“I now see it as a very special time, dedicating all day to my practice, having space, and seeing my work in a broader international context."

Asia New Zealand Foundation culture director, Jennifer King, says the WARE programme – a collaboration between Wellington City Council and the Foundation – will be a rare and unique experience for one lucky artist.

“We’re really pleased to be able to offer this residency to a Wellington artist for the third year in a row. This is an amazing opportunity to be fully immersed in the culture and art scene of Beijing and to develop international networks and prospects in China,” says King.

WARE applicants are required to have a proven track record of group or solo exhibition experience and the selected artist must commit to working full-time on art projects while at Red Gate.

The chosen artist will also be expected to hold an open studio exhibition at the end of their residency at Red Gate as well as be willing to share their experiences with the Wellington arts community and audiences upon their return.

Applications for the WARE residency close at 5pm on Monday 20 May.

For more information, please contact:

Katie Taylor-Duke
Arts programmes advisor
City Arts, Wellington City Council
Phone 803 8021

Monica Turner
Project officer culture
Asia New Zealand Foundation
Phone 815 8439