Deadline: Open call

Little Poems Community - Slow down

The core value and intention of our community is to provide a quiet and exotic space for artists.

Little Poems Community
This open call is to invite artists to Little Poems community to come and take part in our retreat experience. The season is perfect and applicants should apply now before it becomes too cold in Beijing.

The aim of this retreat is for the artist to slow down and do nothing so they will learn how it inspires their creativity, as we have become too busy in society and run around and stress leaving no brain power to create.

Brief description of organisation
We are located in a remote traditional village near Beijing’s largest wet land park. This provides beautiful landscapes and a relaxing environment to sit on the grass to write, paint next to the lotus flower lake, write music among the big wild birds, take photos in the forest, or even give a performance on a boat on the lake. This also gives the opportunity to interact with the local people and gain a new cultural understanding. Our place allows you to enjoy a starry night while creating a memorable and authentic stay in a real side of China. 

Little Poems Community is a 45 minute car ride away from Beijing\'s city center. LPC’s founder Mario Duyuchen lives and works with visiting artists. Our spaces are shared among any artists and LPC volunteers staying at our community. Thus, all are expected to help keep things clean and organized. We hope to cultivate and promote a polite, thoughtful, and encouraging creative environment.

Brief description of residency program
Little Poems Community was founded in September 2016 as a response to the overwhelming nature of today’s society. Our goal is to provide a quiet and natural retreat space in a traditional Chinese village setting. We seek to separate ourselves from the traditional artist residency mentality. Unlike most residency formats, we have no requirement for artists to produce work during their stay. We believe rather in giving creatives the opportunity to slow down, recharge, and incubate on new ideas. While staying Little Poems, artists can create as much or as little work as they choose. 

We believe that all artists are equal and support creative work in all mediums. Accepting all writers, ceramicists, painters, fashion designers, visual designers, sculptors, musicians, multi-media artists, filmmakers, photographers, culinary artists, yoga practitioners, and other creatives. Artists who are focused, polite, and disciplined are welcome at Little Poems.

Accepted artists are invited to apply for periods of a week to three months. Our application asks that you give a brief description of the work you wish to pursue while at our community. We want to ensure that we have the correct facilities, and sources for you to do your work. Please see the Apply section of the website for additional information.

Duration of residencies
You are welcome to come and stay with us anywhere from two weeks and for an entire year, we reccommend to immerse yourself into the culture a duration of 1-3 months is a good time


  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Fashion

Other activities happening at the space

  • Workshops
  • Presentations

Type of organisation

  • Independent Association/Foundation It is a self - service organization so the artists are independant to do their own things.

Our space is composed of 9 live / work studios in a 2-storey building built around a central courtyard. You will be given accommodation in a single room with a double bed. You will also have access to the communal kitchen, living and dining areas, a Chinese tea room, bar area, a Korean tatami sujo room, a yoga/meditation room, ceramics with electric and raku kilns, WIFI, and a communal bathroom (with 3 showers and 3 WC). Please see the Studios section of our website for images and additional information.


  • Internet Connection
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Library
  • Kitchen


Number of studios
between 5 and 10

Type and size of studios
Live-work space

Number of artists resident at one time

Companions allowed

  • Partners
  • Pets

Expenses paid by artist

  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Other
  • Materials

Grants available
Participants are expected to cover the costs of living, transportation, supplies, Travel Insurances and accommodation while Little Poems Community provides all the necessary support to make your time here fruitful and enjoyable.

Expectations of the artist
Good heart. Keeping your accomodation clean and tidy.

Application who/how
Apply on the website 

Selection procedure
By Curator

Working language(s)

  • English
  • Mandarin

How to reach

By train
From all corners of China, Vietnam and Central Europe to Beijing Station.

By plane
To Beijing International Terminal. We can arrange for you to be met at the airport and transported to your studio.

By car
35 mins from airport by car
20 mins from subway by car
1.5 hours from Beijing city center by public transportation
45 mins from Beijing city center by car

Nearest airport
Beijing International Airport

Little Poems Community - Slow down

Little Poems Community - Slow down


No application deadline / Open call

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