Think Tank


Artist Residency in China

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre

Beijing, Xiamen
Mission Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, the first art space in China dedicated solely to photography and new media, aspires to be the country’s most professional and robust venue for contemporary photography. In order to further expand the Chinese photography community and strengthen our ties with institutions around the world, both Beijing and Xiamen location of Three Shadows offer an Artist-in-Residence Program (AIR). 

Overview Although the AIR program is primarily tailored to photographers, Three Shadows Xiamen also gladly accepts artists working in other media, researchers and curators interested in living and working in China.

Application Requirements 
You can apply through the website or send an application email to

Facilities and Grants 
Residency provides:
1) Fully furnished living quarters and facilities: Room with AC, a bathroom, wifi, washing machine, and kitchen (fridge, microwave, hot plate, etc.). Room cleaning service (twice a week).
2) Customized individual support to help complete independent projects
3) Upon request, one photo folio review with RongRong and inri, the artists who cofounded Three Shadows.
4) Assistance with planning a culminating event. This could be a lecture, slideshow, workshop, a photofolio review with local artists, and/or a small exhibition subject to advance screening by Three Shadows. Costs for printing and the rental of the space are covered by the residents or a sponsor. Three Shadows greatly encourages all participants to have something to show for their stay.
5) Weekly meetings with a property manager and other current Artists-in-residence to discuss ongoing projects, Chinese culture, and any questions or concerns.
6) Help with temporary residential registration with local authorities (required by the Chinese government)
7) A 10% discount at all Three Shadows stores (café, bookstore, etc.) and a 20% discount on darkroom fees.  We have four rooms in total and each costs 200RMB per day. There is a 20% discount for residents who stay longer than one month.

Application Deadlines
Beijing:Residence is available from April to November.
Xiamen:  Residence is available all year except the Spring Festival.