Banyan Commune Artist Residency Project 2018-19

Banyan Commune Artist Residency Project 2018-19

The city border in flux, where seats Guangdong Times Museum, sees the shaping of the archetypal suburban landscape of the Pearl River Delta enabled by hybrid forms of urbanization and complex demographics. Diverse communities coalesce in this land of variegated attributes: native rural populations, the new middle-class drawn by real estate development, and migrant workers gathering around small manufacturing concerns, all growing in symbiosis—such is the surrounding and context of the museum. In the new round of urban planning, the Huangbian community that houses the museum is under renovation to be the Design Capital of Guangzhou, one of the largest industrial clusters of design in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

Banyan Commune is a unique phenomenon of community life and civil culture in southern China, a gathering place traditionally served as a community center for the neighborhood. The Banyan Commune is a community art project initiated in 2016, which space has witnessed the seasonal changes, day-and-night alternate of the surrounding neighborhood while serving as the window for connecting the museum to public. The artist will act as a host of this temporary public space, using the Huangbian neighbourhood as research subject to foster continuous dialogue, understanding, and communication about the actual context of the museum. Reflecting on the role of the contemporary art museum in a residential community while constructing organic relations between the institution and the surrounding place, Banyan Commune intends to generate a trace for the ever-changing region of South China in the process of urbanization. 

The Banyan Commune welcomes proposals by local and international artists and collectives for bi-annual, month-long residencies. Proposed projects should be visual, participatory, and public engaging in nature, including installation, video, sounds, performance and events among others. The selected artist or artist collective will be provided with:

  • Accommodation and workspace with basic living facilities
  • Round-trip economy-class flight or train tickets to Guangzhou
  • Living expenses during the residency
  • Production budget of up to 50,000 RMB (appox. 7500 USD)
  • Assistance with applying for extra grants or sponsorships
  • Project assistant, support for academic research and translation, etc.

To apply please combine the following documents into a single PDF file and e-mail to banyan@timesmuseum.org (if there is a video component in your files, please include it as a web link instead) with deadline 30 June:

  • Project proposal, including the statement, working schedule, presentation plan, and a detailed plan of project realization
  • Applicant’s portfolio
  • Description of assistance needed for realizing the project