4A Centre for Contemporary Art provides early and mid-career Australian artists with a valuable opportunity to research new projects through the 4A Beijing Studio Program. Now in its 7th year, selected artists are able to build professional networks and observe the changes taking place in one of the most important cities in Asia. In 2018, with thanks to the support of the 4A Set program, the Gallery are offering this opportunity to four, rather than three, artists.
Chun Yin Rainbow Chan (NSW), Dean Cross (ACT/NSW), Andrew Liversidge (VIC) and JD Reforma (NSW) have been selected to embark on a month-long residency from September to October at Shen Shaomin’s studios. Over the last 20 years, Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin has forged an important international career with an emphasis on experimental conceptual and installation works. Based in Beijing and having spent over a decade in Australia, Shen’s work has enjoyed critical success across international cities, London, New York and Hong Kong.
Chun Yin Rainbow Chan, Dean Cross, Andrew Liversidge and JD Reforma were selected from a competitive field of applicants by 4A’s expert panel, comprising Sue Acret, writer, editor and 4A Board Member; Geoff Ainsworth, 4A Patron, Oranges & Sardines Foundation; Tully Arnot, artist and previous 4A Beijing Studio Program artist; Tarun Nagesh, Associate Curator, Asian Art, QAGOMA and Carol Yinghua Lu, Curator and Director of Inside Out Museum, Beijing.
The 4A Beijing Studio Program has been developed as part of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s broader professional development program for arts professionals. Together with the annual 4A Emerging Writer’s Program and the biannual 4A Curators’ Intensive, the 4A Beijing Studio Program supports emerging Australian talent to work within the Asia-Pacific region.