Chinese and English
Paid by host:
  • Free lunch (Tuesday to Sunday)
  • Customized individual support to complete independent projects and events
  • One photofolio review with RongRong and inri (fonders & directors of this center)
  • Temporary residential registration with local authority


Paid by artist:
  • The 70 square meter loft w/ kitchen costs RMB 3,800 (481 EUR)/week
  • The 35 square meter bedroom costs RMB 2,200 (278 EUR)/week
  • The 16 square meter dorm-style bedrooms cost RMB 1,200 (152 EUR)/week
  • This fee includes electricity, water, heating, local phone calls, wireless Internet access, and comprehensive Beijing orientation.
Application guidelines:

The Three Shadows Photography Art Centre has collaborated with international institutes since 2013. They no longer accept individual applications directly for this AIR program. Institutes and individuals who are interested in this program, please contact them for more information.

invitation only

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Three Shadows Photography Art Centre

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre

AIR Program

Founded in 2007, The Three Shadows Photography Art Centre is the first art space solely dedicated to photography and video art in China. It aims to become China's most professional and comprehensive platform for the promotion of contemporary photography art. The Centre therefore offers an Artist-in-residence program to provide international photographers, artists, curators, and academics with an opportunity to live and work in China. Artists have access to: fully furnished living quarters; black and white darkroom studio; professional inkjet studio; moving image studio, with necessary equipment for production and post-production of video works and films; customized individual support to help complete independent projects.


possibility of holding an exhibition, workshops and master classes.

Studio Information

A main exhibition hall of 1,300 square meters used for thematic exhibitions, a China's largest Library of contemporary Photography with over 5,000 books, journals and catalogues, a state-of-the-art professional publishing house dedicated to producing collectible, limited edition, and popular photography books, a multi-purpose room for lectures, seminars, and presentations, a gallery, a full-service cafe, and a bookstore.

Accommodation Information

Three Shadows has four living quarters on the centre grounds. There are two small bedrooms (16 square meters) that share a bathroom and kitchen, and one large bedroom (35 square meters) with private bathroom. Additionally, there is a loft (65 square meters) with private bathroom and living room.

Technical Information

Inkjet color print lab:
Apple MacPro G5, Apple 23" Cinema HD Display, Viewsonic 22" LCD
Imacon Flexcolor 949 (Scanner)
HP Design jet z3100 photo / 44inch (Inkjet printer)

Black and white darkroom:
Devere 1010 XLH 8 x 10 inch enlarger
Durst L184 S 5814 5 x 7 inch enlarger
Devere H451 4 x 5 inch enlarger
LPL 7451 4 x 5 inch enlarger
KAISER System V 7000 67 negative enlarger
SEAL 500T-X 20 x 24 inch dry mounting / laminating press


Located in the Caochangdi Art District, a thriving art community of artists, architects, and academics in northeastern Beijing. The centre is 20 minutes from the Capital Airport and 45 minutes from Tiananmen Square.

Contact information

155A Caochangdi, Chaoyang District

huodandi [at]