Location: Gucheng, Lijiang, Yunnan, China

Mission: Rhizome is an artists’ residence and place for cultural events in Lijiang to explore the borders between art, local life and environment. Rhizome offers research and experimental residences to emergent and established artists. Rhizome support local artists and invites western artists to discover Lijiang’s vibrant traditional culture.

The old town of Lijiang has been listed in the “World Cultural Heritages” by UNESCO in 1997.
Lijiang’s country is located in the Yunnan, southeast of the Tibetan mountains, near Birmania, Laos and Vietnam.

Around Lijiang, there are a number of beautiful sites such as the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which provides a majestic backdrop to the Moon-Embracing Pavilion at Black Dragon Pond; the Tiger Leaping Gorge or Lugu Lake, with Mosuo People, the last ‘Kingdom of Women’ on earth.
The scenic beauty and cultural treasures of Dongba culture; Naxi classical music, the Baishai mural paintings and the Mosuo customs have turned Yunnan into a favorite tourism destination in China.

Cost: The residency is 5000 rmb (816.80 USD) per month (includes set-up fees, accommodation, water, electricity & WiFi internet)

Optional fees:
A contribution of 1000 CNY (163.36 USD) is requested from the artists for exhibitions to cover the costs of technical assistance and publication fees.

Daily meals are available: breakfast (40 rmb – 6.53 USD), lunch (40 rmb – 6.53 USD), dinner (100 rmb – 16.34 USD)

Expenses paid by the artist: Travel, materials and day-to-day expenses.

Application Fee: No application fee / 50% deposit of residency fee upon acceptance

Number of Artists: Up to 3 at a time

Accommodations: The residency is made up of 4 large bedrooms each with individual bathrooms, and 2 dormitories of 8 beds for each, with one bathroom per dormitory.

Other spaces, listed below, are shared by all the residents:

1 Computer room, 1 visual arts studio, 1 dance studio, 1 DIY space, 4 Multi-purpose rooms for exhibitions, meetings, or studio use, A lounge with a bookshop and video-projection, A pool, A bar and a restaurant serving traditional Chinese cuisine and western cooking, A kitchen is open for the residents to use, with a 40 rmb fee for gas and water.

Equipment available to resident artists:

1 PC Samsung Intel 38, 1 printer Epson L201, 1 video- projector Sony 2700 Lumen, 2 Speakers XTA 400 W, 1 Mix-Track Pro Numark Table, Logiciel Traktor, 1 Power Amplifier KD Rock B3500, 4 HP, DIY equipment (compressor, sander, drill, jig saw, circular saw, screwdriver, and basic materials), 20 Mini cuts – lights

Length of Stay: Minimum 1 month

Demographic: Emerging to Established International and National Artists and Cultural Producers working in any medium

Medium: Research and Experiment residences in China, aimed at emergent or confirmed artists. Rhizome is open to everyone who wants to gain another perspective on China.

Benefits: Artists have the option to present at schools and universities in conjunction with the Office of Education of Lijiang, the Teachers College and the University of Tourism. Rhizome also provides the following services: Assistance with visa applications, Project monitoring and technical assistance, Meetings with local artists and associations to discover the traditional culture, Chinese painting class taught by Master Li, Tai Ji Quan (Taichi) taught by Master Tangm Excursions (700 rmb/day for transportation costs and meals – entrance fees to monuments and / or taxes not included.)

Deadline: Ongoing


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