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Following the overwhelming success of 2017 October residence, we are hosting a small scale residence to celebrate the Spring Festival and China National Poetry Festival. Open to only 8 international artists. Applications ASAP!  By email to - before April 15th, 2018.


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By The Peach Blossom Pool Holiday Hotel, Xuancheng, Anhui China, and Novak Graphics Inc. Canada




Opportunity Type

Residency / Artist Colony

Opportunity Discipline

All Visual Arts

Application Deadline


This is an intimate residence for 8 artists only. The time is short and we encourage the artists to apply as soon as possible. As soon the curators accept 8 artists the application will be closed.


1st Spring Festival international artists' retreat and painting residence workshop will take place in Tao Hua Tan, Anhui Province, China, from May 10th thru May 25th, 2018. As decided by the organizers, 8 artists from China, and from different countries of the world, will be invited to participate. The participating artists will be selected by the organizer’s curators: Jeffrey Spalding, independent curator Vancouver, BC, 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.  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 organizer’s 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 organizers, who will also cover all the expenses for full board and lodging including visits to selected historic, natural and cultural sites. The invited artists should only pay the transportation costs from their city/country to Shanghai, China and back. The organizers will meet the artists at meeting points in Shanghai and transport them by minibus to the resort. The resort is a 5-star hotel. 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 the general public. The opening will take place during the ceremonies of China National Poetry Festival taking place at the same resort. The catalog book of the residency will be produced by the organizers and 3 copies will be mailed to each of the participating artists. After the residency, the organizers will transport the artist to Shanghai airport.



Application Instructions / Public Contact Information

• Any artist who would like to participate 1st Spring Festival international artists' retreat and painting residence workshop in Tao Hua Tan, Anhui Province, China, from May 10th thru May 25th, 2018, should send their art resume, six (6) high resolution photos of previous works, an artist personal photo, postal address, email address and mobile phone number by email. • To: before April 20th. 2018. After receiving above listed materials, the organizers will email to the each accepted artist a copy of “Cooperation Agreement” to be executed by the organizers and artist and a formal invitation necessary for Chinese Visa Application. • The organizer will pay the cost of daily meals, accommodation and local transport during the retreat painting residency period. The artists should be responsible for the cost of the round-trip ticket from their country to Shanghai China. • The organizer will provide related materials to the artists such as necessary creation site, tools, and materials. • After the event, the organizer will publish a catalog and deliver 3 copies to all invited artists as a gift by mail. The shipping costs will be covered by the organizer. • During the Artist Retreat and Painting Residency period, each artist undertakes to produce no less than 3 pieces of artwork, one work in size no less than 120 x 120 cm and two works no less than 60 x 60 cm in length each. Artist can decide the size of artwork based on those requirements. • The artworks created by each of the artists during the residency period will be donated to the organizer, with the intention to become part of the permanent collection of the future World Art Museum to be built on the resort ’s lands

. • The organizer will have the ownership of the donated paintings and will have the right to exhibit them and publish, while the artists will have retained the copyright and authorship rights.