BY ART MATTERS RESIDENCY 之驻 launched in 2021. It is a non-profit artist residency centre, a residency program under BY ART MATTERS 天目里美术馆. It offers residencies to emerging contemporary artists and researchers around the world and provides them with a dynamic space for living, working, showing and sharing, in order to encourage and support the growth of local and international contemporary art. An experienced academic committee from the museum will provide professional, objective support for the residents and help them develop their practice.
This residency program aims to become an exchanging platform among local, domestic and international artists. And to promote the union of ‘Live and Create’, the residency centre will organise a series of sharing events, workshops, open studios and provide exhibition opportunities for the residents during their residency, hoping to activate an enriched cultural atmosphere on-site and promote off-site cultural influx.
BY ART MATTERS RESIDENCY 之驻 aims to provide a sharing space for emerging artists and curators to exchange their experience, memories, knowledge and feelings. We encourage our residents to improvise, experiment and interact in and beyond their studios. We hope the coming residents will bring memories around the world to Hangzhou, while also taking their impressions of Hangzhou elsewhere.
BY ART MATTERS RESIDENCY 之驻 has approximately 2000 square meters, with a total of 10 floors. There are 8 residency studios, an exhibition hall, a blackbox, a communal kitchen, a workshop, a laundry room and a pantry.
The exhibition hall, located in the basement, has about 165 square meters and provides a space that can be used for daily activities and exhibitions. The exhibition hall connects to a garden designed by leading Japanese garden designer, Shunmyō Masuno. As an inner courtyard garden, it’s hidden out of sight, with a unique charm.
There is also a workshop in the building, providing basic practical tools and printing facilities. The black box, located on the fourth floor, is a dark room reserved for showing moving images and audio works, while also providing use for other works that require a dark space.
Each studio is about 100 square meters, equipped with a separate bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. There are three types of studio that cater to the needs of a single artist or an artist group of two. Other facilities from the museum BY ART MATTERS 天目里美术馆 and the OōEli campus – a library, theatre, auditorium and exhibition space – are also available to the residents, in order to support the production and documentation of worldwide contemporary art.