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Chinese Partnership Opens New Doors For SA Artists

BY Guildhouse | 25-Aug-2015
South Australian creative professionals will have the opportunity to undertake an artistic residency in China thanks to a new partnership between Guildhouse and the Yiwei Art Foundation. Guildhouse is the leading organisation supporting and creating connections for South Australian artists. It has partnered with the Shanghai-based art foundation to deliver a five-year plan to help artists develop new skills and relationships to build their profile and exhibition opportunities.
Jess Dare, Conceptual Flowering Plants, 2015, lampwork glass. Photo credit Grant Hancock.
South Australian creative professionals will have the opportunity to undertake an artistic residency in China thanks to a new partnership between Guildhouse and the Yiwei Art Foundation.

Guildhouse is the leading organisation supporting and creating connections for South Australian artists. It has partnered with the Shanghai-based art foundation to deliver a five-year plan to help artists develop new skills and relationships to build their profile and exhibition opportunities.

Guildhouse Executive Director Rae O’Connell said the residency program’s focus was to take creative professionals outside of their traditional studio practice and position them in an environment where they could research, experiment, develop their practice and create new work.

“The experience is designed to help artists develop new techniques, work and audiences. The Yiwei Art Foundation is not only providing financial support to South Australian creative professionals but also invaluable support with research, network building and cultural appreciation and understanding,” Ms O’Connell said.

The partnership and residency program have came to fruition following Guildhouse’s participation in the international art fair, Art Shanghai, in 2014 at the invitation of the Yiwei Art Foundation.

The first artist to undertake the month-long residency is jeweller Jess Dare, who will travel to Shanghai in early September. She will spend time with two international artists at Yiwei Art Foundation’s new studio 3W, visit museums and cultural icons and visit Hangzhou Academy of Art to present a lecture and workshop.

Ms Dare said she felt “privileged to have been offered such a precious opportunity”.

“The residency in China will provide me with invaluable time to focus and develop my practice, learning traditional craft techniques, immersing myself in another culture, another workshop, another world,” she said.

“I hope to connect with the local jewellery network and hopefully lay the foundations for an ongoing relationship with jewellers and glass artists in China.”

The reciprocal residency program will also bring artists from China to Adelaide to collaborate with South Australia’s creative community and program partner, the JamFactory.

For more information, please visit guildhouse.org.au.