This article is part of Antenna #3 - China. Antenna signals and distributes all you want to know about facts, use, sense, and interesting non-sense of artist-in-residence programmes worldwide. Antenna is a dynamic online magazine, which grows around an event, a visit, a stay, a happening or trend.

Lijiang Studio is a unique residency on a farm in a magnificent valley in the Yunnan mountains. Artist are encouraged to come for longer residencies, discovering and immersing themselves into a different way of life to create works that incorporate the land and engage the community. China Residencies sat down with Lijiang studio's founder Jay Brown and his two playful dogs in the residency's courtyard to ask about southern China, the Naxi minority culture, and how this residency came to be. Read a China Residencies interview with founder Jay Brown here.

Recipe book made at Lijiang Studio

Artist Emi Uemura made a distortion of distortion recipe book with dongba paper, a laser printer, and some wooden stools. Form the book:

Tomato-Onion-Lime. It is called Tibetan hot sauce. Probably many additional snaps to it by whoever carries it around to become this recipe. Lama Ugyen Shenpen was the translator for the Buddhist community in 70's Boulder, Colorado when Norris was also living there. Lama Ugyen also taught Tibetan cuisine, and this hot sauce was one of well received tastes by the young buddhi food lover. 30 years later Norris is in Lashihai, close to where this sauce originated. One day, Norris was inspired by many hot and spicy surroundings, started to make it in front of hot sauce professionals; Xuemei and Zhou Xinye yeye who is so excited about hot sauce that can talk non-stop about it from morning to the dark and repeat many times without thinking of audience. Zhou Xinye yeye is ping-pong champion of Lijiang Studio and great at Taichi.

ingredients: 原料:

onion 洋葱
garlic 大蒜
ginger 生姜
chili flakes 辣椒
coriander 香菜
lemon or lime juice 柠檬或青柠汁
star anise 八角
cumin 孜然
oil 油
salt 盐
tomatoes 西红柿

Chop onion, garlic ginger, then mix with chili flakes, star anise, salt and cumin powder. Heat the vegetable oil, add into mixture....(hell boiling). Then add chopped coriander and squeezed lime juice.


Other Rural Residencies in China


The Sanbao International Ceramic Art Institute


The Sanbao International Ceramic Art Institute began in 2000, inviting ceramic artists to participate in a residency program that offers cultural tours and international exchange programs. The program was expanded in 2007 to provided residencies to all visual artists, in an atmosphere that fosters pluralistic arts and cultural programs.

The Pottery Workshop

The Pottery Workshop (PWS) is a ceramic art education and communication center established in Hong Kong in 1985 with three new locations. Jingdezhen is the biggest location, and invites artists from all over the world to its residency. They provide modern comforts where immersed in a procelain producing city, for resident artists to explore traditional Chinese methods of ceramics production.


A Residency in the Chinese Countryside - an Image Story

A Residency in the Chinese Countryside - an Image Story

Antenna was warmly welcomed by Frog Wing, the artist and program manager of Lijiang Studio. This residency is located at Lashihai in the town of Hainan, on the south end of Lashi lake. The residency is immediately adjacent to a local family’s house.

Miss Frog Wing shows the way around the residency.

The residency has very strong ties with the local community.
In the small town of Hainan, Frog and the residents visit the local elderly home.

A surprise music rehearsal of the local elderly of Hainan.

The beautiful Lashi lake is just a 10 minutes walk from the residency. Lashi Lake lies on the southern slope of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and 10 km from Lijiang Old Town, and is part of the Lijiang – Lashihai Plateau Wetland Nature Reserve. It is a home for migrant birds. Thousands of birds stay here over winter every year. It is also the origin of the Ancient Tea Horse Road.

Dinner for the residents is prepared by the family next door. The residency currently has 4 small double private bedrooms, and a dormitory with 4 beds. The residency also has a shared kitchen and eating area, two showers, two sinks, and a special dry composting toilet. As it occupies a traditional family dwelling (see above), living and working space has limited privacy. Meals are provided, as is wireless internet.

Read more about the residency in the right column.