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Tao Hua Tan Autumn Artist Residence, 10 October to 28 October 2019

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The 1st Tao Hua Tan International Artist Retreat and Residence took place in October of 2017. Forty Chinese and international artists participated (see The October residency is a yearly manifestation. We are organizing also a smaller visual artists residence for international artists to celebrate the Spring festival, taking place in May in Taohuatan.

We are hosting 5th International Artist Retreat and Residency in Tao Hua Tan. This residency is open to only 20 international artists.

Participating artists will be selected by the organizer’s curators who include: Jeffrey Spalding, an independent curator Vancouver, BC, Canada; Gordan Novak, who is the owner of Novak Graphics Inc. printmaking studio and publisher from Admiral, Saskatchewan, Canada; Liu Jian, artist, art consultant and curator from Toronto, Canada and Beijing China; or proposed by the art-world professionals (art critics, galleries, museum curators, university lecturers...).

Invited applicants are free to choose the subject, technique and style of their work. They will, however, be asked to make one painting on a canvas 120 cm x 120 cm and two more works on canvases size 60 cm x 60 cm, which will be destined for the permanent collection of the organizer’s future World Art Museum at The Peach Blossom Pool Arts and Holiday Riverside Resort, Tao Hua Tan, Anhui Province, China. Canvases, oil and acrylic paints, as well as special materials available in China that are requested by the artists,  will be provided free of charge by the organizers. The organizers will also cover all the expenses for full board and lodging including visits to selected historic, natural and cultural sites, and free passes to the Hot Springs located at the resort. Invited artists will only pay the transportation costs from their city/country to Shanghai, China and back. 

The organizers will meet the artists at meeting points in Shanghai and transport them by minibus to the resort. The artists reside at  The Artist Village in single occupancy bungalows. The residency ends with an exhibition of the works produced in Tao Hua Tan. The catalogue book of the residency will be produced by the organizers. Three copies .of the catalogue will be mailed to each of the participating artists. After the residency, the organizers will transport the artists to Shanghai airport. 

Any artist who would like to participate 5th International artists' retreat and painting residence workshop in Tao Hua Tan, Anhui Province, China, from October 10th thru October 28th, 2019, should send their art resume, six (6) high resolution photos of previous works, an artist personal photo, postal address, email address and mobile phone number by email. • To: before August 15th, 2019. After receiving above listed materials, the organizers will email to the each accepted artist a copy of “Cooperation Agreement” to be executed by the organizers and artist and a formal invitation necessary for Chinese Visa Application.

During the Artist Retreat and Painting Residency period, each artist undertakes to produce no less than 3 pieces of artwork, one work in size no less than 120 x 120 cm and two works no less than 60 x 60 cm in length each. Artist can decide the size of artwork based on those requirements. • The artworks created by each of the artists during the residency period will be donated to the organizer, with the intention to become part of the permanent collection of the future World Art Museum to be built in the resort’s lands. • The organizer will have the ownership of the donated paintings and will have the right to exhibit them and publish, while the artists will have retained the copyright and authorship rights. 

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