Shangyuan Art Museum

General information

Brief description of organisation

Some Chinese poets and critics speak of Shangyuan Art Scene as a utopia of art, which is to say that in a standardized, uniform society, Shangyuan Art Scene is in search of a certain kind of difference, whereby each individual, each creative self, every creative living entity is honored for the way in which they seek their value and meaning of life.

This utopia of art is the achievement of poet Cheng Xiaobei and a group of artists, poets, writers and architects. Beginning in 2000, they raised funds by themselves and searched for a suitable location north of Beijing, at the foot of the Yan mountains. After 7 years spent in site-selection, organizing, planning, and actual construction, the first stage of this modern architectural complex, with over 19,700 square meters of total floorage on 30,000 square meters of land was finished in late 2007. This complex, comprising 21 works of original modern architecture, includes a salon space, library, exhibition hall, open-air platform (from which you can see Yan mountains), video room, Liang Sicheng Memorial Exhibit Hall, cafe, writers’ apartments, artists’ studios, etc.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

We will offer you free spaces to create, live and exhibit for seven months. After these seven months, we will organize a symposium which will also include exhibition, publication and criticism on your work. Our aim is to discover and promote excellent art practitioners. We encourage art pertaining to one’s own existence and life experience, distinguished by creativity and poetic quality. We would like to choose 30 persons each year to participate in our residency program, which runs from March to October. We don´t restrict the age, education, district and race. It is required that you should be the creator of the paintings, sculptures, architecture designs or other art forms which you submit. This fact is affirmed by no less than three committee members of Shangyuan Art Scene.

At the end of each residency program, we will select 6 to 12 artists to participate in our Hainan Winter Residency Program from December 1st to March 31st of next year. It is a program we developed with the joint effort of China Silverfield Investment Company.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 6 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Partners
Grants available

We provide free studios and accommodation, there will be no grants available.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Other

Any other expenses.

Expectations of the artist
  • Donation of an Artwork
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at end of Residency

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Printmaking Facilities
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
Number of studios

more than 20

Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Mandarin
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Library

How to reach

Nearest airport

Beijing Capital International Airport

Contact information

Shangyuan Art Museum
No. 57, Shangyuan Village, Xingshou County, Changping District.
102212 Beijing

Phone: +86-10-60635299/60635757

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