Xiamen exchange

Exchange programme

Each year, the Council and the Asia NZ Foundation select a Wellington-based artist to take part in a residency in China. This year (2017), artists will go to Xiamen in the south-east of China. Applications are currently open, and close Monday 3 April at 5pm.

Instructions and contact details for where to send your application form, project proposal, images of your work and a current CV or artist’s bio are on the form below:


Work in Xiamen

The residency runs for three months, from September to November. Artists work towards presenting at an exhibition in the Chinese European Arts Centre Gallery or an open studio at the end of the residency.

The chosen artist receives support throughout their residency, including return flights, a daily allowance for living costs, exhibition materials, self-contained accommodation and a studio space to work.

Past participants

Artwork installation by Daniel Beban.

Daniel Beban, PVC Sheng, sound installation


2016 – Daniel Beban, sound and installation artist

Daniel Beban had a busy 3 months in Beijing working on installations, recordings and collaborative, cross cultural projects. He performed in the city, played in Chengdu at the Nu Art Festival and constructed works for the open studio sessions at Red Gate including a sculptural sound piece made from metal bowls and plastic bottles that drip water slowly into the bowls, producing gong-like sounds. Beban found electrical components to make contact microphones, so the sound comes out of loudspeakers. Beban also curated a series of shows at an experimental music venue in Beijing called Fruity Space during October and November. The series was a collaboration with Wellington’s Pyramid Club.

Still of a girl with a blue and organge background from The Only Girl in the World by artist Erica Sklenars.

The Only Girl in the World by Erica Sklenars


2015 – Erica Sklenars, artist

Erica Sklenars prepared for her WARE application by researching Beijing's contemporary art community.

When applying, she immersed herself in the idea of being in China's capital city. She scouted out Beijing-based artists of interest and found project spaces where she might show work.

Erica is working towards developing an ongoing series of live improvised collaborations. She is working with feminist and sound artists as a way to share and explore cultural ideas and issues, and develop bonds and friendships. This will result in the production of an audio visual installation piece.

There will be an exhibition of her work in Beijing and Wellington.

2014 – Jade Townsend, multimedia artist

Jade Townsend had an inspiring and productive time in China.

She was offered a show at the Comme Des Garcon concept store in Sanlitun, called I.T Beijing Market.

Townsend was also invited to take part in the inaugural exhibition of Imagine Asia, which opened at PATAKA Art + Museum in 2015.

John Lake with Punks in Beijing

John Lake on his residency in Beijing


2013 – John Lake, photographer

John Lake produced Up the Punks Beijing, looking at the punk music culture in Beijing.

John installed an exhibition of his work at Black Coffee in Newtown and published Up the Punks Zine #1: China syndrome.

The zine featured stories from his 3 month residency in Beijing with text in Mandarin and English.

Colourful patters displayed on screens in a dark room.

Artwork by Benjamin Buchanan


2012 – Benjamin Buchanan, artist

Benjamin Buchanan's abstract installations came from research into vinyl and other materials.

On his return, he gave a talk at City Gallery Wellington about his experiences. He also exhibited his new work at Motel Bar.