Open Call: Curatorial Residency Program in Beijing 2019

Application Deadline: 28.2.2019
Date of Residency: June to July, 2019
Location: Beijing, PR of China
Eligibility: Curators working in Lithuania

I: project space invites curators working in Lithuania to apply for a two month residency program from June to July, 2019 in Beijing.

We invite one Lithuanian curator to live in Beijing to connect with the fast-growing art scene in China, meet artists and arts professionals, visit artist studios and various art spaces, and reflect on their curatorial practices in a different context. The resident is also welcome to conduct individual research, write, plan exhibitions or other self-directed work

The program intends to develop curatorial residencies as a mode of cultural exchange. The aim is to bring agents and current trends of the Lithuanian art scene to China and vice versa, and to initiate partnerships that will lead to participation of local artists in international exhibitions. They will act as multipliers for the exchange of artists and discourse between China and Lithuania.

The programme is organised in partnership with Nida Art Colony, Kaunas Artists House, Lithuanian Culture Attaché in China and Lithuanian Culture Institute. It is an offspring from their representatives curatorial research visits to Beijing and Shanghai in 2018 and the first ever curatorial residency in Asia organized specially for Lithuanian curators. This residency is the start of a long-term residency exchange programme between the two countries.

What does the program offer:

& Private living space with a single bed, desk and storage in central Beijing with a shared working studio
& Additional work space in the I: project space office
& Administrative support from I: project space
& Networking assistance with individuals and institutions across China
& Residents must cover daily living and working expense (I: project space will provide support to find other sources of funding).
& Support from I: project space to find funding and other resources if the resident intends to further develop their project beyond the residency.


& Emerging and established curators of contemporary art (either born in Lithuania or based in Lithuania) are welcome to apply
& Successful applicant will have a strong desire to immerse themselves in the contemporary art scene in Beijing, connect with local artists and arts professionals, and reflect on their curatorial practices in a different context
& Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English


& Resident is required to bring works of art whether in physical or digital form to organize an exhibition giving a glimpse into their practice in the beginning of their residency
& Resident is invited to share his or her research in the form of a presentation or workshop
& Resident is expected to engage with local art scene

The application must contain:

& Curriculum vitae
& Portfolio with examples of your previous work
& Project proposal (5 pages max; pdf)​

Please submit all your application material in English!
Subject: Residency application

Application process:

Deadline for all applications in February 28th. The jury will review all applications; it will assess the proposed projects as well as the applicants’ portfolios and their professional biographies. The results of the application process will be made public shortly after.

The selected curator will embark on the residency in Beijing in June and July 2019.

About Our Partners:

Kaunas Artists’ House

The program of residencies at Kaunas Artists’ House has been created in 2018 with the aim to present the most relevant contemporary artists, curators and cultural researchers working in Lithuania and abroad to the residents and guests of Kaunas city.

The residency program aims to foster intercultural, cross-institutional and cross-sectoral cooperation, to provide artists and cultural producers with the opportunity to become acquainted with the historical and cultural context of the city during their residency, to facilitate their cooperation with other artists or cultural producers and local communities.

Nida Art Colony

Nida Art Colony is an art and meeting space, surrounded by sand dunes and seas. As a resourceful platform, it runs an Artist-in-Residence program, Nida Doctoral School, and initiates art, education and research projects. We aim at a creative confluence of academic and non-academic education, artistic and scientific practice, challenging work and leisure.
NAC is a subdivision of Vilnius Academy of Arts, and opened in 2011. It operates all year round, receives about 700 people a year, and provides space for workshops, intensive courses, exhibitions, seminars, rehearsals, artists’ talks and screenings in its premises of 2,500 square meters. Its activities can result in presentations, exhibitions, broadcasts and publications.

NAC is located on the Curonian Spit, a peninsula dividing the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. The spit is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the most beautiful and unique cultural landscapes of Europe. It also forms Neringa National Park.

Lithuanian Culture Institute

The Lithuanian Culture Institute is a national cultural institute founded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. The mission of The Institute is to promote Lithuanian professional art and culture in the world through active participation in international cultural exchange. The Institute, closely cooperating with cultural attachés, coordinates cultural projects and programmes.

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