Wellington Artist Wanted for Beijing

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.

This is the third residency at Red Gate. Ben Buchanan, who makes art based around abstract art and pattern making was last year’s recipient.

"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."

Following the success of the past two residencies, a similar opportunity is being offered this year. Applications are now open to visual artists for a three-month residency starting this September. Artists must get their application in by 5.00pm, Monday 20 May.

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.

Asia New Zealand Foundation and the Council will provide:

  • one return economy airfare between New Zealand and Beijing
  • daily allowance to cover living costs
  • a budget of NZ$500 for exhibition materials
  • Beijing mobile phone, wi-fi internet and local phone connection
  • self-contained accommodation and studio space at Red Gate’s Bei Gao studio and lofts.

Applications for the WARE residency close at 5.00pm Monday 20 May.

The application form and details are available at:

Residency Programmes 

You can also get the application form and details, as well as find out more about WARE and other Asia New Zealand Foundation residency opportunities in Asia at:

Asia New Zealand Foundation