JO currently offers 1-month residencies for visual artists on a rotating basis; on average, each month there is at least two artists working at the residency. However, at some times, there can be up to four artists in the studios at the same time. Artists go through an application process, after which (if invited) they are provided with a private room, access to their own art studio and a small living stipend for daily food / meals. At the end of the stay, or shortly thereafter, their art work will be exhibited in one of the two galleries for the public to enjoy.
Located in the north of the Nanshan district of Shenzhen, in SoFun Land, Jardin Orange describes itself as an “urban sanctuary” for the visiting artist. While located within a fast-growing new city, it’s far enough away from the biggest commercial centres so that it can provide each artist a quiet space to reflect and focus in the studio. The residency encourages each visiting artist to engage in a deep personal stylistic exploration by giving them autonomy and independence while they work. We are particularly focused this year in bringing “locally-based” artists into our studios, to foment a deeper relationship with the regional artist community.
China offers an artist certain advantages. First of all, there is quick and efficient access to production factories that helps artists who want to experiment with various kinds of works (for example, to make sculptures and plastic). Also, the residency encourages artists to experiment with their talents and techniques and incorporate an Eastern “touch" to their foreign-born aesthetics. For the artist to be in a culturally different and surprising environment, many have found themselves “refreshed” and inspired by the pace around them. Often, several artists have lovingly described the spontaneous adventures and surprises of day-to-day moments in this part of the world as “#Chinalife”.