The W.O.W. Project & China Residencies are thrilled to announce our 4th 店面 Residency Open Call in celebration of the W.O.W. Project's 3rd year anniversary

For the fourth 店面 Residency, we are calling for individual artists or a pair of artistic collaborators to create a window display for the storefront at 26 Mott Street in New York City in celebration of the lunar new year and the year of the rat.

Lunar New Year is a time when community members celebrate the welcoming of a prosperous and lucky new year. Storefronts (店面 in Chinese, pronounced diàn miàn in Mandarin and dinmin in Cantonese) hang red banners with new year’s wishes, Chinese lanterns light up the streets, and families gather to watch lion dancers perform. As the oldest operating store in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Wing on Wo & Co. is a center for community gathering that aims to pay tribute to the rich history of its community.

We are passionate about providing space to support generative collaborations between artists and our community. This is a funded 6-month residency runs from September 1, 2019 to February 31, 2020. There are no restrictions on artists’ mediums, age, nationality, ethnicity, gender, or any other criteria. Visual artists, writers, poets, activists, filmmakers, curators, designers, architects, makers & tinkerers and more are all invited to apply. We only require that applicants be based in the New York area with a preference given to those who currently reside in Chinatown. We strongly encourage members of the Asian diaspora and those with a socially engaged practice to apply.

The 店面 Storefront Residency Offers:

  • $1,000 artist honorarium
  • $800 for materials and production
  • Studio space in Wing on Wo & Co’s basement studio, equipped with silkscreen facilities*
  • Exhibition space (storefront window) to exhibit proposed project, to be shown Jan 23 - Feb 31, 2020.
  • Project support from the W.O.W. Project
  • 3 visits from curators and arts professionals, selected by the W.O.W Project in accordance with the artist’s practice
  • Artist Talk
  • 1 Public Program 
  • Opening reception party for the unveiling of the window display

*Please note that Wing on Wo & Co is a family business and therefore we are unable to provide unlimited access to the studio space during the 6 month residency period. The schedule will be determined by the selected resident and the Wing on Wo & Co family to accommodate the needs of those involved. Please note that the studio is not wheelchair accessible.


WOW studio

The deadline for the application is midnight EST on Monday, August 5th. Apply online here. Note that application fees are not required, however we are requesting a suggested donation of USD $25 to support administrative costs for this initiative.

Our jury members for the 4th 店面 Storefront Residency are Lorraine & Gary Lum & Evan Louis of the Wing on Wo family, Juliet Philips, Tomie Arai, Ryan Wong, Lena Sze, Vincent Chong & Clara Lu. They will review all proposals and notify finalists by the end of August. The selected resident will be announced in early September.


Apply Now !