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International Artists Retreat and Painting Residence: Tao Hua Tan,

Anhui Province, China 2017


We have the pleasure to inform you that the international artists' retreat and painting residence workshop will take place in Tao Hua Tan, Anhui Province, China, from October 10th thru October 25th, 2017. As decided by the organisers, about 40 artist from China, and from different countries of the world, will be invited to participate. The participating artists will be selected by the organiser curators:

Jeffrey Spalding, chief curator Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton New Brunswick, Canada; ,

Gordan Novak owner of Novak Graphics Inc. printmaking studio and publisher from Admiral, Saskatchewan, Canada;

Liu Jian, artist, art consultant and curator from Toronto, Canada and Beijing China;

or proposed by the art-world professionals (art critics, galleries, museum curators, university lecturers...).


The invited participants are free and independent in choosing the subject, style and technique of their work for their production during their stay on the location. However, they will be proposed to make one painting on canvas size 120 cm x 120 cm and two more works on canvas size 60 cm x 60 cm, destined for the permanent collection of the organiser future World Art Museum at The Peach Blossom Pool Arts and Holiday Riverside Resort, Tao Hua Tan, Anhui Province, China.


All the canvases and oil and acrylic paints, as well as any special materials requested by the artists, will be provided free of charge by the organisers, who will also cover all the expenses for full board and lodging including visits to selected historic, nature and cultural sites. The invited artists should only pay the transportation costs from their city/country to Beijing or Shanghai, China and back. The organiser will meet the artists at meeting points in Beijing and Shanghai and transport them by high speed train to the resort.

The residency will end with an exhibition of the works produced in Tao Hua Tan and an »open day« reception for the press, collectors, critics, gallerists and general public. The catalogue book of the residency will be produced by the organisers and 3 copies will be mailed to each of the participating artists.

After the residency, the organisers will pay for the arts high speed train fare back to Beijing or Shanghai.

Gordan Novak, Project Coordinator and Curator