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Thematic residency on public space for visual artists, architects and designers at the Institute for Provocation in Beijing, China.

Iaspis – the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international program for visual art, architecture, design and craft – announces a residency collaboration with the Institute for Provocation (IFP) in Beijing.


Residency period:

Application procedure

The Iaspis delegation of the Visual Arts Fund selects a shortlist from the received applications. The final selection of grant holders is made by IFP.

Application deadline



A sum of  65 000 SEK which is intended to cover costs for travel and sustenance over the 3 month long residency. As part of the residency, IFP provides shared workspace, accommodation and a part-time assistant.

The residency is open to applications from visual artists, architects and designers, and is thematically focused on the topic of public space in China.

About Institute for Provocation

The Institute for Provocation (IFP) is a Beijing-based workspace and think tank hosting residencies, research projects, workshops and lectures stretching the borders between visual and performing art, architecture and design. As a workspace, IFP focuses on the thinking process before or even beyond the actual creation of an artifact: the collection of dramaturgical information, the testing of different architectural scenarios, the summarizing of existing artistic vocabularies and realized projects, the experimenting with new media or disciplines, and so on. Space, territory and geography serve as bridges between many disciplines and IFP has a specific interest in research that proposes cross-disciplinary strategies to open up for inquiries into topics related to these notions.

IFP was originally established under the name Theatre in Motion (until 2010) by sinologist and dramaturge Els Silvrants and architect Shuyu Chen and has since 2005 collaborated with artists, architects and performers on a wide range of projects and residencies.

The studio and workspace is located in a 85 sqm renovated courtyard house in the old city of Beijing. The studio is shared with 1-3 other resident artist(s) and IFP staff, has basic facilities such as internet, projector and screen, basic hand tools, shared kitchen. The resident artist will be accommodated close to the studio in a shared apartment.

About the residency

As a part of an ongoing research project into the conditions for public space in Chinese cities, the Institute for Provocation in collaboration with Iaspis invite artists, architects and designers to apply for a residency based around the topic of public space.

China's economic rise over the past three decades is the result of a conscious strategy in which cities are playing a key role. Urbanization has been and will continue to be the main instrument for bringing the people out of poverty and into a consumption- and service lifestyle. But as the existing cities sprawl out and new ones are built from scratch, little attention is paid to their spatial and social qualities. The massive leap in scale from the ancient architectures to the new forests of highways and high-rises that now dominate the cityscapes create an array of problems related to space, identity, environment and social and economic equity. The juxtaposition of opposites – formal and informal, open and closed space – shapes the syntax in the reading of the Chinese city.

The applicant is intended to form their own interpretation of the theme and eventually find a focal point for his/her research. Responsible for running the programme in Beijing is Daisy Dai Xiyun, curator, and Hu Wei, artist. Both have studies at the Dutch Art Institute and have been connected to the programme for many years. They will together with IFP:s new artistic director (recruited in the autumn of 2016) guide the artist and provide insights into China and Chinese culture, special knowledge about cities and public space as well as local contacts in various fields. The residency will revolve around research as the main activity, without any specific requirements from the host organization regarding output or production by the artists in residence.

The purpose of this thematic residency programme is both to have a close dialogue and exchange between IFP and the artist, as well as to create more continuity, as each artist contributes to a larger body of research. This accumulation of knowledge, observation and interpretation can thus be shared internally, but also to the local community.

As a part of Sessions, IFP's public programme, the artist will have the possibility to present themselves and their work, listen to other practitioners and take part in discussions. There will also be possibilities of collaboration with external institutions for lectures and/or academic exchange. The residency will also be announced through IFP's network and newsletter, further enhancing the artist's visibility in China.

Residents will be provided with a desk space in the shared workspace of IFP's studio, accommodation in the vicinity of the workspace, a part-time art assistant providing interpretation/ translation and other assistance, support and guidance from IFP staff and opportunity to meet other artists in related fields. The accommodation is intended for one person. The resident can’t bring his or her partner/family.

More information about IFP here:

Previous grant holders

Iris Lacoudre (autumn 2017)
Hanna Husberg (2016)
Andreas Gedin (2016)
Dan Wirén (2015)
Jenny Berntsson (2015)
Björn Kjelltoft (2014)
Siri Tolander (2014) e-post
Johan Zetterqvist (2013)
Anneli Håkansson (2013)

Things to think about before you fill out the form

The Visual Arts Fund’s delegation for Iaspis will draw up a shortlist of candidates. The management of IFP will then make the final selection of the grant holder.

You apply with your e‐legitimation (Swedish electronic identification) on  or on the appropriate paper form. Applications must be complete. The Swedish Arts Grants Committee will not accept complementary additions.

Work samples

Your application must include 5‐10 work samples of representative works made in the last two years. If you apply digitally, upload your work samples at the end of the application process. For information about which file formats you can use and the dimensions of the work samples, please see

If you apply on paper format, your work samples must fit a standing A4 sheet (paper applications with work samples will be scanned and made available in digital format for the examiners). State year of production, title, technique and dimensions for each work. Please remember to write your name and national identification number on your appendices. Please do not append further materials such as catalogues, sketches, etc. Work samples will not be returned.

Applications in paper format may be posted or hand-delivered to the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Maria skolgata 83, SE-118 53 Stockholm, SWEDEN.

For further information, please contact Louise Dahlgren, tel +46 8-506 550 68 or



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