This year ACAF brings new and exciting residence programs for Australian and Chinese artists along with an expansion of our acclaimed Arts Can Do program in China. I hope you can come along with us and enjoy and support our progress.
This year we are opening a new Arts Can Do program centre servicing a remote group of multi ethnic villages in Mengla County in Xishuangbanna, far southern Yunan province bordering with Lao and Myanmar. Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), is located in Mengla County, covering an area of more than 1000 ha. Over 13,000 species of tropical plants are preserved in its 35 living collections.
If you love working with children, feel you are resilient and independent, can cope with a challenging environment and feel the experience would benefit your own work then we would love to hear from you. This residency is for three months, operating between March till Dec. All in China travel, living expense and accommodation will be provided by ACAF.
Our program for children of migrant workers and orphans in Shanghai continues in 2015. Artist-in-Residence Selby Grin from Melbourne will join Chinese artist Wu Xiaosheng, a long time Arts Can Do supporter and teacher for the first semester at the Jiu Qian Volunteer Centre.
Work is well under way on our new ACAF studios in Shanghai. This 1200 square metre facility includes studios, residences and exhibition space available for artists who take part in ACAF projects including Arts Can Do. In the heart of a developing arts precinct and in a brand new building this space will provide a base for artists to venture into the dynamic Shanghai art scene. Watch out for more news. Applications continue on for two month residency in Shanghai for 2015 and 2016.
Australian and Chinese artists are invited to apply for ACAF's new international residencies in the Sculptural Park Wesenberg 2 hours from Berlin. One of our generous supporters, the Peter Thomason Foundation, based in Berlin, is offering two to four month residence in their establishment of sculptural park studio space close to the heart of Germany's art world. The residencies commence in August 2015 and are open to all ACAF supporters.