Think Tank


Artist Residency in China

Dali Art Factory

MissionFounded in 2014 Dali Art Factory is one of the key hubs for the creative arts in Western China. Based in a tastefully renovated disused factory it contains a multitude of galleries and exhibition spaces, a museum dedicated to historic images of the region, bookshops, coffee shops a music studio and a broad assortment of privately operated studios all relating to the arts community that is centered around the facility. With an ever increasing calendar of exhibitions and events the Dali Art factory is positioning itself as one of Asia’s leading artistic venues with a commitment to establishing Dali at the forefront of cultural and artistic expression in the region.

OverviewThe residency expects to attract participants from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds and is dedicated to providing a platform to encourage cultural understanding and artistic expression in one of Asia’s most beautiful and diverse regions.

Application Requirements 
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Facilities and Grants
We provide private or communal studios. There is an excellent program team of permanent residency staff and visiting artists/speakers alongside a host of amenities including: Dali photo museum, Contemporary gallery spaces, theatre, ceramics studio, bookstores, independent galleries, coffee shops, bar, traditional tea house, music studio, yoga studio, photo studio, painting studio, and many regular events including a monthly bazaar offering all kinds of original designs from Dali artists.

We encourage applications from artists whose work would benefit from being in one of China's most ethnically and ecologically diverse regions. The residency intends to deliver a balance of ample creative work time alongside a program of excursions and activities that ensure our participants get the best possible experience of this spectacular and fascinating part of Asia.

We aim to cater to all artists/writers/researchers/musicians etc., if your requirements are very specific then get in touch and we will see what we can arrange.

Application Deadlines
Application is open all year round. Please indicate your choice of duration and preferred time period when apply