Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art, Manchester
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British Council Artist-in-Residence scheme 2020

Deadline for Applications: 17.00 BST Friday 25th October 2019 (00.00 HKT Saturday 26th October 2019)

Residency Dates: 3rd February – 6th April 2020 

The British Council in partnership with the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) and Phillips Auctioneers are now accepting applications from Hong Kong-based artists for a fully funded, 9-week residency at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester, UK. 

The aim of the residency is to support a HK-based artist with socially-engaged practices. This will be an opportunity for the artist to develop their area of interest and create a new work/project by working closely with a local context. We encourage artists to connect with others through their work to demonstrate how artistic and social practices can stimulate engagement and positive change in communities; including but not limited to projects that foster greater inclusion and wellbeing. The CFCCA team will be able to support the selected artist in connecting with local communities and collaborators.

The residency will provide:

  • 24 hour access to a studio on-site at CFCCA – including a working and living space (single occupancy) 
  • Administrative and curatorial support from CFCCA’s team during the residency 
  • Budget of £2,000 for research, materials and production of new work/project
  • Artist fee/living expenses of £18 a day (£1,134 total) 
  • Economy return flight between Hong Kong and Manchester
  • An open studio, or similar public event at the end of the residency period 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to emerging and mid-career HK-based artists working in all disciplines; artists with a track record of socially engaged practices are prioritised
  • Have not taken part in a previous CFCCA artist residency
  • This opportunity is not open to students currently enrolled on a BA or MA course, and is for individual artists only – no joint/group applications 

Application Guidelines: 

  • Applications should outline how this opportunity will benefit your research and practice
  • A detailed project proposal is not necessary but we encourage applications to outline a specific interest or plan to engage with the context of UK/Manchester 

To apply please submit the following as one pdf to the CFCCA Curator: tiffany@cfcca.org.uk by 17.00 GMT Friday 25th October 2019 (00.00 HKT Saturday 26th October 2019)

  • Cover sheet: Contact details including name, email, day time phone number, Hong Kong address, website (if you have one) and confirmation of your availability for the residency period
  • An artist’s statement:  describing your practice and detailing areas of interest, an initial idea for a project to develop during the residency (300-500 words)
  • A curriculum vitae 
  • Examples of previous work: up to 10 examples. If you wish to include video or audio, please provide links within the pdf.

Applications will be assessed by a judging panel from the British Council, the CFCCA and Phillips. The successful applicant will be notified within 3 weeks of the closing date. 

Supported by Phillips, this residency is funded by proceeds from the auction of the neon artwork Frail Silver of The Climbing Stars by rising British Chinese artist Faye Wei Wei.

About Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester

CFCCA is a unique art gallery. We have a strong year-round programme of socially engaged exhibitions, events and artist residencies. We work with emerging and established artists from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the diaspora to provide a space for conversation, debate and cross cultural exchange. Based in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, we’ve been part of the vibrant arts and culture scene of the city for over 30 years.

Since 2003 CFCCA has coordinated a residency programme, which invites artists, researchers and writers to work and reside in a purpose built studio next to the gallery space. This unique space provides opportunities for development and the space and time to work on ambitious projects. The CFCCA residency programme gives emerging artists an international platform from which to raise their profile, while enriching the arts ecology of Manchester. 

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. The British Council makes a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government. www.britishcouncil.org

About Phillips Auctioneers

Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, Watches, and Jewellery, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions are held at salerooms in New York, London, Geneva, and Hong Kong, while clients are further served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world.  In addition to providing selling and buying opportunities through auction, Phillips brokers private sales and offers assistance with appraisals, valuations, and other financial services. www.phillips.com 

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