General information

Brief description of organisation

LUXELAKES•A4 Art Museum (formerly A4 Contemporary Arts Center) was founded by Chengdu Wide Horizon Investment Group Co., Ltd. in March of 2008. In 2016, it relocated to an art center in Chengdu’s LUXELAKES ECO-CITY and was formally registered as a privately operated non-profit art museum. The museum was designed by American architect Antoine Predock and interior design firm DesignARC. Directed by Sunny Sun, A4 focuses on the development of dynamic domestic and international art. It is devoted to promoting the academic study and onsite experimentation of new media art in China, both by expanding the scope of international cultural exchange and by focusing on local artistic practices. Through its diverse public education projects and cultural events, LUXELAKES•A4 Art Museum strengthens its connections with the local community and the city at large. LUXELAKES•A4 Art Museum has developed a range of annual projects, including a themed international contemporary art exhibition, a series of artist case studies, an international artist residency program, and the Young Artist Experimental Season. In addition, the museum organizes public education projects such as lectures, discussions, experimental performances and workshops. In order to provide a diverse range of services to visitors, the museum includes a children’s education center, a public library, a lecture hall, a multimedia presentation center, artist residency studios, a museum store, and a cafe. Through sustained cooperation with domestic and international artists, and by designing academic and educational opportunities, the museum has built a leading contemporary art platform in China.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Since the project was formally initiated in April 2011, the LUXELAKES·A4 Art Museum’s Artist in Residence International Exchange Program (ARIE) has given many artists, curators, and designers from China and abroad the opportunity to interact with one another. It has also encouraged innovative artists and artist groups engaging with fresh ideas and unique artistic research to carry out participatory projects that intervene in the community or city. The residency’s focus on local production, exchange, and exhibition strengthen cultural exchange and academic dialogue between the artists and their surroundings. Based in the local community and the city, the LUXELAKES·A4 Art Museum provides effective and professional scholarly support and coordinates a rich array of events and experiences during the residency, making it possible for participants to expand, diversify, and deepen their artistic practices.

In 2019, the LUXELAKES·A4 Art Museum welcomed the construction of the international artist-in-residence base and the ability to use more of the surrounding public spaces and outdoor areas. The program has expanded from the base into artist exhibitions, public art programs, cultural events, regional interactions, and sites of coexistence, thereby establishing broad interaction and cooperation with surrounding neighborhoods and businesses and connecting different groups and institutions. In this way, the LUXELAKES·A4 Art Museum has created a culture and art program focused on communication and interaction with the public, set against the cultural forms and structures of a new city area, and working in experimental and specialized ways.

At present, the ARIE Program is divided into four distinct sections: invitational residencies, two-way city residency exchanges, open applications for international and domestic artists, and residencies specifically for public art projects. The ARIE residencies are concentrated between May and the following January, and the program can accommodate 10-11 artists at a time. The ARIE Program space is located in the LUXELAKES Eco-City, which is home to twelve independent artist studios, two public event areas, and one 1230-square-meter exhibition space. There are also eleven apartments in the city for resident artists to use.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Part of a Gallery/Museum

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Grants available

At the moment, A4 Art Museum provide a round-trip plane ticket, accommodations, studio, material fees, different kinds of salons and sharing sessions and other opportunities; the specifics are determined by the project of the artist and the yearly schedule of projects and events of the museum. In terms of the expenses which are covered by the artist, these change from year to year.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Other

Living expenses, visa fees, personal expenses, and successful eligible artist need provide the invoicing of travel insurance in the residency period

Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Cleaning
  • Exhibition
  • Donation of an Artwork
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Application by Mail

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Printmaking Facilities
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios

between 5 and 10

Type and size of studios

Private Studio

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

How to reach

By train

The Chengdu Train station is situated at the northernmost end of Renmin Bei Road. Chengdu is the largest railway hub in Southeast China. There are direct trains to Beijing, Taiyuan, Guangzhou, Nanjing and other cities. There are several tourism express trains express within Sichuan province including Guang-Yuan, Yi-Bin and Panzhihua.

By plane

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is located 16km southwest of town. The airport has flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Jinan, Lhasa, and other big and medium cities in China. There are international flights to Hong Kong, Bangkok. Airport shuttle buses to the city leave from outside the arrival gate approximately every 30 minutes between 4:30am and 9:00pm. The cost is RMB 8. It costs RMB 70-80 to take a taxi.

By car

Suggested taking bus or subway
By bus T1 /07:03 -20:36/free
Take the bus T1 direction South Xinglong Lake station, and get off at the Yizhanzhongxin station.
By subway Line 1 /06:00 -23:00
Take the subway Line 1 dire ction Science City station, and get off at the Hongshi Park station, at the Exit D you can take the community bus and get off Yizhanzhongxin station or can walk to the Museum.
The entrance to the museum is on the first floor, it can be accessed through the grand lobby then turn left or alongside the red walls next to the main entrance of the Art expo center.

Nearest airport

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

Contact information

Art Exhibition Center,Luxelakes,Tianfu New Area
610031 Chengdu

Phone: +86-28-85761265

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