China Residencies' non-for-profit mission is to:
~ Map, research, and create a free online directory of opportunities
in mainland China & Hong Kong for creative people from all over the world.
~ Fund excellent creative people and projects through residencies and nurture
the next generation of organizers and administrators through fiscal sponsorship.
~ Support and advise existing and envisioned residency programs
across the region to foster sustainable creative exchange.

We believe diplomacy shouldn’t just be left up to politicians. Artists are cultural and social changemakers, and, in a world where people sometimes forget to listen to and learn from one another, we are passionate about creating opportunities for artists to bring a broader cultural understanding into their work and communities.

  • 1. What’s a residency?

    It’s a place (in real life or on the internet) that provides people with time & space to work on creative ideas & things.

  • 2. How do you decide which residencies to list?

    We strive to interview a staff member and at least one artist who’s participated in the program, and visit each residency in person during to make sure it’s "real" and worth considering.

  • 3. What if you can't tell if it's real?

    If we still can’t gather enough information to figure out if a residency is running, we’ll hold off on approving it and won’t post it online until we can find out for sure. If we can confirm a residency is closed, we'll move it to the archive.

  • 4. Why China?

    Our founders, Crystal Ruth Bell & Kira Simon-Kennedy, met while working at Red Gate in Beijing in 2009. Crystal started meeting with fellow residency directors and decided to create this website.

  • 5. Who’s behind all this?

    Crystal and Kira officially set up this nonprofit in 2013, shortly after Crystal was diagnosed with terminal cancer. They ran it together until she passed away on August 10, 2014.

  • 6. I'm sorry. Cancer sucks.

    Yup, it does. Kira continues to helm the organisation with the support of many wonderful people who serve on our board of directors, take part in our summer internship program, freelance to conduct, transcribe and translate dozens of interviews, and volunteer to help out in countless other ways.

  • 7. Where’s your office?

    It's the cloud! We don’t have a fixed office, so we work from wherever we are in the world (usually NYC) that has decent Internet access (and good VPNs to keep up with our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!)

  • 8. Are you hiring?

    Not right now, but we always offer have paid summer internships and are launching a yearlong paid fellowship in 2019. And you can always get in touch if you'd like to know more about possibilities of working or volunteering with us.

  • 9. Where's the money from?

    From nice people like you! We’re a 501(c)3 registered nonprofit in the USA, which means we can receive tax-deductible donations. We throw a dumpling art party to fundraise each February, and also receive grants to create specific programs.

  • 10. What's fiscal sponsorship?

    We support other like-minded organizations by providing all the resources we have to share, including fiscal sponsorship, mentorship, fundraising advice, and project support. Right now, we support The W.O.W Project, BUFU & Yellow Jackets Collective. They are absolutely great, we highly encourage you support them too!

  • 11. Can you help me start and run a residency?

    Yes! We also give talks, workshops, and consult on all kinds of things related to starting and running residencies like figuring out budgets, recruiting and training staff. We can also help with translation, photography, web and graphic design, and lots of other things.

  • 12. What’s the Crystal Ruth Bell Residency?

    Each year, we pick a theme or an idea that Crystal would have liked, and send exceptional individuals and collectives to take part in a residency at Red Gate in her honor. So far, recipients include Jagrut Raval, Ming Lin & Alexandra Tatarsky, Ou Chiacheng & Zhao Wanqing, Raya Rayax & Rosie Elsior (Blood Becomes Water), Elyla Singuervenza, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, and Catherine Sarah Young.

  • 12. What’s the Two To Three 二到三 residency?

    The Copyright Cultural Fund provided funding for two to three for artists from or based in Australia to return to 2nd and 3rd tier cities across China to continue a project or start a new one. Recipients include Astra Howard, Ian Bonner, Jason Hendrik Hansma, Joshua Hoare & Alicia King, and Louise Zhang & Natalie Abbott.

  • 13. What other fully-funded residencies can I apply to?

    We co-organize the 夜生活 Nightlife Residency with I: project space and The Neighborhood, collaborated with Found Sound, and also post lots of other opportunities, open calls and deadlines for residencies, jobs, and conferences in our News section & on social media. Not all residencies are fully-funded, but here's some tips on finding additional funding.

  • 14. What if I don’t want to go to China?

    That’s cool too! Staying home and working within one’s community is just as important as looking outward, and travelling anywhere is a great way to learn about the world. Check out lots of other creative opportunities all over the world on Rivet for residencies, fellowships, grants, and open calls.

Contact us at nihao@chinaresidencies.com with any more question,
and if you like what we're up to, please consider supporting us with a donation!

Our team


  • Josue Chavez

    Josue Chavez

    Director of Research & Development

    Josue Chavez is a researcher focused on art, translation, and labor in Nicaragua, China, and Honduras. He conducted many of the artist interviews on China Residencies, and joined the team in 2018 after working at Basement6 in Shanghai.

  • Kira Simon-Kennedy

    Kira Simon-Kennedy

    Co-Founder & Executive Director

    After working at Red Gate residency in 2009, Kira and Crystal started China Residencies to support, promote, and interlink creative spaces in China and beyond. She continues running it to this day in Crystal's honor. Kira is also one of the co-founders of Rivet, and produces independent films.

  • Mikail Wright Kwon

    Mikail Wright Kwon

    Curatorial Assistant

    Mikail is a Visual Artist, Designer and Researcher from the Washington D.C. metro area whose practice focuses on intercultural interactions, folk art and queer communities. His family business, The Jackson Family Art Show, an arts management company in the area sowed an interest in the arts from a young age. After studying abroad at Heilongjiang University in Harbin, China for three semesters he transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park to complete his undergraduate degree in Chinese Literature.

  • Xiaoyao Xu 徐肖瑶

    Xiaoyao Xu 徐肖瑶

    2019 Residency Knowledge Fellow

    Xiaoyao is the 2019 Residency Knowledge Fellow working with China Residencies & I: project space. She is interested in art, research & internet culture, and has previously lived in Amsterdam and worked for the collaborative artwork NXS world.

Summer Internship

  • Yixin Sam Gong 龚翊鑫

    Yixin Sam Gong 龚翊鑫


    Yixin (Sam) Gong is a curator and researcher originally from Xiamen. After working at Organhaus in Chongqing, he moved to New York to study Art History at Rutgers University. In 2015, he completed the curatorial internship at Bangkok University Gallery contemporary art projects between Japan, China, and Thailand. He co-curated Roadside Picnic at Chambers Fine Arts in NYC, "a celebration of the state in flux as our global world rattles anxiously and attentively."

  • Angel Tillery

    Angel Tillery


    Angel is an artist, designer, and curator based in Beijing. She graduated from Bowie State University, where she studied digital media arts and studied abroad for three semesters in Harbin at Heilongjiang University and served as the President of American Students of the International Student Association. Angel interned at W. W. Norton & Company in NYC before moving to Beijing.

  • Julia Malleck 李慧

    Julia Malleck 李慧


    Julia interned for China Residencies during the summer of her junior year at Tufts, where she graduated with a major in International relations & English, and spent time studying abroad at SOAS in London. After graduation, she worked at think tanks and nonprofits in Washington, DC, and is currently a Princeton in Asia fellow in Beijing.

  • Sophia Wu

    Sophia Wu


    Sophia graduated with a B.A. in Economics from St. Mary's College of Maryland then studied Journalism at Georgetown. She is a designer, writer, photographer, and creator of the independent magazine QING.

  • Sally Yi Cao

    Sally Yi Cao


    Sally Yi Cao is the Curatorial & Education Program Manager at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburg. She studied accounting as an undergraduate in Beijing and earned a masters in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon.

  • Jialong Li 李家隆

    Jialong Li 李家隆


    Jialong Li 李家隆 graduated from CUNY, Queens College, with Master degrees in Urban Studies in 2015, and holds a BA in Publishing & Arts from Sichuan University in Chengdu. He is originally from Beijing and has lived in New York since 2013.

  • Hong Zhang 张弘

    Hong Zhang 张弘


    Hong is currently a senior visual designer at Alibaba in Hangzhou. She studied visual communication at Virginia Commonwealth University and has an undergraduate degree from Jiaotong University in Shanghai.

  • Marvis Zou 邹晓童

    Marvis Zou 邹晓童


    Marvis Zou has recently graduated from Columbia University with a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management. She is currently looking for opportunities in the nonprofit sector in New York City. Marvis is a steelpan musician (you might see her perform on the subway platforms), sailor, and Iyengar yogi. She is an advocate of diversity.

Past Board Members & Contributors

  • Former Board Members

    Former Board Members

    We thank and remember the many wonderful board members who contributed advice over the years:

    Joanne Wei-ching Chen, Kristin Congdon, Catherine Croll, Ed Dadey, Daniel Szehin Ho, Emma Karasz, Gordon Laurin, Ming Lin, Nancy Murphy, Brian Wallace

  • Shaonan Xi 郗少男

    Shaonan Xi 郗少男

    Beijing Fellow ~ January - July 2019

    Shaonan is interested in queerness, biopolitics, planetarity, and the relationship between aesthetics and politics. Shaonan is originally from Kunming and is now based in Shanghai after studying art history at Macalester College in Minnesota.

  • Freelance contributors:

    Freelance contributors:

    Contributing Writers, Filmmakers, Illustrators, Researchers & Editors

    Film & Video: Li-Lian Ahlskog-Hou, Nathaniel J. Brown, Grace Naw Beijing Program Manager: Jennifer Lindsay Writing & Editing: Rebecca Catching, Fei Liu, Iona Whittaker, Yang Yiran, Willem Molesworth Illustration: Diane Zhou

Board Members

  • Miles Greenberg

    Miles Greenberg

    Advisory Board

    Miles Greenberg is a French Canadian-born and Paris-based young queer artist and curator of mixed Russian/Ukrainian and African-American ancestry. His practice consists primarily of process-based, long-durational performance installations, as well as photography and video. He also has a background in contemporary dance, drag performance, perfumery and film work.

  • Jay Brown

    Jay Brown

    Governing Board

    Jay Brown founded Lijiang Studio in 2004, an arts practice based in a rural farming village in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. Since then, Lijiang Studio has facilitated and produced numerous residencies, exhibitions and events in urban, rural, domestic, public, and private settings. These events are co-curated with the artists involved and with members of that local community. Before Lijiang Studio, Jay worked at the Nature Conservancy’s China Program, based in Yunnan, and at various museums including the National Palace Museum in Taipei and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Jay graduated from Princeton University in 2001 with a degree in Art History and certificate in East Asian Studies.

  • Zara Arshad

    Zara Arshad

    Governing Board

    Zara is a curator, writer and design historian currently-based in London, formerly living in China, Syria and Indonesia, specialising in twentieth- and twenty first-century design from East Asia. Zara is the founder of Design China, and an early initiating organizer of Beijing Design Week in 2009. Zara is a graduate of the RCA/V&A MA History of Design programme, with an undergraduate degree from Goldsmiths College. Zara is currently part of the Design, Architecture and Digital Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum and a Trustee and Communications Officer for the Design History Society (DHS).

  • Christina Yuen Zi Chung

    Christina Yuen Zi Chung

    Governing Board

    Christina Yuen Zi Chung is a writer, translator, and PhD scholar in Feminist Studies at the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Department of the University of Washington, researching a decolonial feminist analysis of visual art in Mainland China and Hong Kong. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Shanghai, Singapore, and Vancouver, Christina is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin. She received her MA (Hons) in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, then worked at the Asian Cultural Council in Hong Kong while pursing a Master of Visual Arts in Art and Culture Theory and Criticism from Hong Kong Baptist University.

  • Rachel Marsden

    Rachel Marsden

    Governing Board

    Rachel Marsden is a curator, researcher, educator, bookbinder and arts writer focusing on transcultural studies, cultural translation and curatorial practices in China and the Asia-Pacific. Originally from the UK, Rachel has lived in New York, Shanghai & Melbourne, where she founded and managed the Art Curatorship Partnership Projects at the University of Melbourne. Rachel was awarded a PhD through the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA), Birmingham City University (BCU), UK in 2017.

  • Adam Short

    Adam Short

    Advisory Board

    Adam Short is the Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Virginia Tech. He formerly coordinated corporate and foundation efforts in the Northeast region for the American Red Cross, and worked as the Development & Program Manager at the Alliance of Artist Communities, where he worked in tandem with the Asian Cultural Council to organized and lead an exploratory visit to China to survey the burgeoning field of artist residency programs. Adam holds a bachelor of arts degree from Reed College and a master of business administration degree from Bryant University.

  • Melissa Karmen Lee

    Melissa Karmen Lee

    Advisory Board

    Melissa is a literature and visual arts academic, curator, archivist and storyteller with research interests in public art and social engagement. Currently, Melissa is the Curator of Education and Public Programs at Tai Kwun in Hong Kong. Melissa graduated from McGill and Canterbury Universities with a Master of Arts in literature, and worked on the curatorial team of the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale, as well as on several projects as a freelance curator including curator at large at Slought Foundation, University of Pennsylvania co-curating 2 digital exhibitions on the cloud. Melissa is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Lancaster on the subject of post 1989 transnational Chinese visual art and culture.

  • An Xiao Mina

    An Xiao Mina

    Governing Board

    An Xiao Mina is a technologist, writer and artist. She leads the product team at Meedan, and is an affiliate researcher at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Passionate about issues of global justice, technology and creative expression, An Xiao is also co-founder of The Civic Beat, a global research collective focused on the creative side of civic technology. An Xiao Mina is author of Memes to Movements: How the World’s Most Viral Media is Changing Social Protest and Power (Beacon Press, January 2019).

  • Maïa Sert

    Maïa Sert

    Advisory Board

    Wanderlusted and intercultural at heart, Maïa Sert is a specialist of international cultural cooperation projects. Her academic background in international law and engineering of intercultural projects as well as her hands-on experience, including administrative, have reinforced her conviction in the added-value of co-construction and evaluation beyond any boundary. Maïa worked in the field of international volunteering and World Heritage and then changed her career path for performing arts. Before joining On the Move network as project manager, she set up and co-ordinated several EU-funded projects. Besides, she works with artists and cultural professionals to develop international strategies and also lectures on this theme in full-time education and lifelong learning training sessions.

  • Thea Baumann

    Thea Baumann

    Advisory Board

    Thea Mai Baumann is an Australian creative technologist, artist, and inventor. She is CEO/Founder of Metaverse Makeovers 超宇美人. She began her creative technology experience working for Media Arts Asia Pacific, looking at some of the first waves of net art coming out of Asia. She then received the Brisbane Lord Mayor Fellowship to study Mandarin and Chinese opera makeup. She later undertook residencies at Red Gate in Beijing and W+K in Shanghai. Thea is currently completing her Masters at the National Film and Television school in the UK in Creative Business and Entrepreneurship; alongside writing a dissertation 'Pioneering Queens: Femme Innovators working at the Vanguard of Immersive Media.'

  • Christina Xu

    Christina Xu

    Advisory Board

    Christina is an ethnographer helping organizations understand how their customers incorporate technology into their lives, with over a decade of experience in observing and orchestrating social interactions on the internet and in offline subcultural spaces in China and the U.S. She writes about the Chinese social media landscape for Magpie Kingdom with Tricia Wang & Pheona Chen, and teaches Entrepreneurial Design in the SVA Interaction Design MFA program with Gary Chou. "I believe in translation as an art, empathy as a foundation, and GIF hoarding as a methodology."

  • Samantha Culp

    Samantha Culp

    Advisory Board

    Samantha Culp is a California-born writer, curator and creative producer based between Los Angeles and Shanghai. She has spent the past decade in greater China, first in Hong Kong, then in Beijing and Shanghai. Samantha is the founder and director of New Territories, an experimental studio for research and production, which develops projects and events spanning art, cinema, and design. She is the founding curator of Tulou Open House, a site-specific creative experiment, residency, and conference at a traditional tulou in rural Fujian Province. She co-founded Paloma Powers, a creative agency developing artist-led solutions for realms far beyond the art world.