Residency Programmes

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Artists-in-residence programme of Goethe-Institut Beijing

In association with the IFP (Institute for Provocation) and I: Project Space, the Goethe-Institut China will be holding two residency programmes for performing and visual artists in 2018. During a three-month residency, artists from Germany will have an opportunity to work on their own China-related projects, take in new artistic stimuli and make contact with Chinese creative artists. They may present their projects afterwards if they like, but are not required to produce any concrete results.

Residencies in Beijing are only available during the following periods, which cannot be rescheduled due to contractual arrangements with our partners. Each residency runs for three months.
  • Performing arts: 1 April–30 June
  • Visual arts: 1 September–30 November 
Artists whose work has already been publicly exhibited or published may apply for residencies in the visual arts or performing arts. Needless to say, applicants are expected to show an open mind towards the host country’s culture.
Residencies may be awarded to artists who
  • are not older than 40
  • are professionally active in any branch of the aforementioned arts
  • are based in Germany and
  • have a good command of English.
All applications must be submitted by e-mail (indicate in the heading whether you’re applying for a residency in the visual or performing arts). Because they will be assessed by a mixed jury, applications are expected to be in English. Please send your application as a PDF file, by the deadline indicated below, to:

Ms Silva Jaehrling
Programmabteilung Goethe-Institut China

If you have any questions, please read the FAQ page first. If your questions could not be answered, please contact us via email, unfortunately we can't provide any information by phone.
  • Performing Arts: January 20th
  • Visual Arts: June 1st
Applications may be sent in for either residency programme starting now.
With complete contact details and an overview of your academic and artistic career to date
Cover letter
Describe (maximum two pages) your motivation for taking part in a residency programme in China.
Project proposal
Submit your project proposal or aspects of your project you’d like to undertake during your stay in Beijing. The proposal should comprise an in-depth description of the project you have in mind, including how it relates to China, whether it can be implemented in three months, your space requirements and cost budget.
Samples of your work
  • We welcome submissions (portfolio) of artwork and photo material in digital form (maximum 5 MB), for applications concerning the visual arts. Web links will be disregarded.
  • Applicants of performing arts should send no more than 3 Video clips via WeTransfer to

Applicants will be selected by a jury appointed by the Goethe-Institut China. The jury’s decisions will be final and non-appealable. Applicants have no legal entitlement to a residency. They will be notified in writing of the jury’s decision, for which the jury will not give any reasons.
Jury members for the discipline Performing Arts:

Li Yinan
| Professor of The Central Academy Of Drama

Li Yinan is Professor for Dramaturgy and Applied Theatre Studies at the Central Academy of Drama in China. Her degree of German Studies at Peking University was followed by a degree of Theatre Studies at Columbia University in New York. From 1998 to 2007, she studied and worked in Germany (Hamburg and Munich) and obtained a PhD in 2007. Since 2006, she teaches at Hamburg University, Frankfurt University and the Central Academy of Drama. She was a juror at the International Drama Festival in Tokyo, provided guidance on dramaturgy at the CaoChangDi Workstation in Peking, was juror for the Young Playwrights Project and is the chief editor of the German version of the Encyclopedia of China’s drama section (3rd edition). In 2009 she started to focus on the German concept of dramaturgy and dedicated herself to the introduction of German dramaturgical structures in China. In 2015, she established the first B.A. study program for Dramaturgy in Asia.

Main publications: “Contemporary western theatre arts” (2017, published by Guangxi Normal University), “Post-dramatic theatre” (translated, 2010/2016, published by Peking University)

Wang Lin | Director of Inside-out Theatre(中间剧场)
After graduated from the University of International Relations in Beijing, Wang Lin started to work as a director at the Inside-out Theatre since 2010. He is responsible for program planning, theater production and selection procedure of the residency preprogram.

His main projects: the Chinese version of the Belgian-Dutch play “Poison” (《毒》), “Look at you, look at me” (《看见你看见我) – therapeutic workshop for families with autism, curation of the stage images on occasion of the Beijing International Film Festival.

Institute for Provocation | Cooperation partner of residency programm for performing arts

Jury members for the discipline Visual Arts:

Carol Yinghua Lu | director of Inside-Out Art Museum

Carol Yinghua Lu is currently the director of Inside-Out Art Museum and a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Melbourne. She is a contributing editor at Frieze and is on the advisory board of The Exhibitionist. Lu was on the jury for the Golden Lion Award at the 2011 Venice Biennale. She also served as co-artistic director of the 2012 Gwangju Biennale and co-curator of the 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale in 2012. She was the guest curator of Museion in 2013 and was invited as the first visiting fellow of the Asia-Pacific department at Tate Research Centre in the same year. She is one of the four
recipients of the ARIAH East Asia Fellowship in 2017.

Su Wei | Curator,  writer

Su Wei (born in Beijing, 1982) is an art writer and curator based in Beijing and Hong Kong. He is the Senior Curator of Inside-Out Museum Beijing. His recent work focuses on re-depicting and deepening of the history of Chinese contemporary art, exploring the roots of its legitimacy and rupture. He participated in the 2012 Curatorial Intensive at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York. In 2014, he was awarded first place at the first International Awards for Art Criticism (IAAC).

In 2012, Su Wei co-curated the 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale Accidental Message: Art is Not a System, Not a World (《偶然的信息:艺术不是一个体系,也不是一个世》), OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT), Shenzhen. In 2013, he curated I’m not involved in Aesthetic Progress: a Rethinking of Performance (《我不在美学的进程里:再谈行为》) at Star Gallery Beijing. In 2014, he curated Keep the Modern Going: Immersion, Awaiting and Idealism (《让现代继续:沉浸、等待、理想主义》), at OCAT, Shenzhen. In 2015, he participated in the symposium Dislocations: Remapping Art Histories at Tate Modern, London. In May of 2016, he curated No References. A Revisit of Hong Kong Media and Video Art from 1985 at Videotage, Hong Kong. In November of 2016, he co-curated Permanent Abstraction: Epiphanies of a Modern Form in Escaped Totalities (《永远的抽象:消逝的整体与一种现代形式的显现》) at Red Brick Museum Beijing.
He has published a number of articles in local and international art journals including YISHU: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Journal of Contemporary Art (Bristol, UK) and Kunstforum. His publications include Little Movements. Self-Practice in Contemporary Art (with others), Guangxi Normal University Publishing House, 2011; Individual Experience: Conversations and Narratives of Chinese Contemporary Art from 1989-2013 (with others), Ling Nan Art Publishing House, 2013; Hans Belting, Art History after Modernism, translated from German to Chinese by Su Wei, with additional annotations by Carol Yinghua Lu and Su Wei, Beepub Publishing House, 2014.

i: project space| Cooperation partner of residency programm for Visual Arts

The Goethe-Institut China will cover the following costs and provide the following services to artists-in-residence:
  • Airfare to and from Beijing (international flights, economy class)
  • Assistance in applying for a visa and coverage of visa expenses
  • Free room with shared living and working space in Beijing for three months
  • Free use of an in-house function room under the Institut’s supervision
  • A €1200 monthly cost-of-living allowance
  • The Goethe-Institut, I: Project Space Studio and IFP will use their networks to put resident artists in touch with Chinese creative artists and institutions relevant to each project.
  • Technical support from local curators
  • Assistance in implementing the planned project and related research
  • On the artists’ initiative, the GI will hold will in-house and public events such as symposia, lectures, panel discussions, workshops and exhibitions. 
*Supplementary allowances on request:
  • Shipping allowance to cover the cost of transporting books and materials from home to Beijing and back
  • Project funding and a one-off budget to cover the cost of materials 
The Goethe-Institut China will assist alumni in realizing post-residency projects in China. Apply directly to the Goethe-Institut China for funding for a follow-up project.
For more information about the artists-in-residence programme and the application process, see our FAQ page.


Silva Jaehrling
Residency Programmes
Goethe-Institut Beijing