join us in baishizhou!

握手302驻村招募 The Handshake 302 Urban Village Artist Residency

Disciplines: Drawing and Painting; Film; Literature; Media art; Music and sound art; Performing arts; Sculpture

Founded: July 2016

Duration: 1 to 2 months

Description: The Handshake 302 Baishizhou Artist Residency program invites artists and writers to explore Baishizhou, a large, centrally located urban village in Shenzhen. The idea behind the residency is simple: Handshake 302 has been working in Baishizhou since October 2013. To date, many of our projects have taken place inside our space. Now, we’re turning the space into an efficiency apartment—an urban village launchpad—for artists who would like to come and create site-specific works in Baishizhou. In addition to producing one site-specific work or performance, we also ask that visiting artists hold weekly salons to meet with local residents, artists, and curious Shenzheners.

Paid by host: Handshake 302 provides visiting artists with an efficiency apartment in Baishizhou and a monthly stipend that is sufficient to meet daily living expense. There are limited funds for materials, which will be distributed based on availability.

Paid by artist: Visiting artists pay for transportation to and from Baishizhou.

Application guidelines: to apply for the Baishizhou residency, please submit the following materials via email to:

1. Letter of interest

2. Project proposal

3. Curriculum vitae

4. Work samples

About Handshake 302: “Handshake 302” is located at 302, Building 49, Shangbaishi Block 2 in Baishizhou. “Handshake” buildings stand so closely together that it is possible to shake hands through the windows of adjacent buildings. In fact, “Handshake 302” is a repurposed, 12.5 m2 efficiency apartment on the third floor of a sterwotypic “handshake building”. It has a kitchen and a bathroom. There are 9 rooms on this floor. Handshake 302 is an independent art space. A core group of five people curates the space, but participation in any project is open to anyone through public announcements. Project participation ranges from using the space ans an exhibition space to living quarters. Since its opening in October 2013, Handshake 302 has curated 8 exhibitions and over 75 public events. We believe that art belongs to everyone who contributes to our city.

2 thoughts on “join us in baishizhou!

  1. hi Mary Ann,

    Hand Shake sounds great!!!

    I wonder, is the call for proposals an international -wide call? you didn’t mention language accommodations for non Mandarin speakers or preferences for that concern?? So I wondered if it’s just for Chinese participants? (I am especially curious about this for obvious reasons) hope we can talk tomorrow (friday early in the day becasue I have June 3 as the dealine

    meanwhile I am using your name as a reference (no letter required)for the Headlands residency (Marin County next summer or Fall)

    so can you even if we can’t speak please acknowledge that you will be this reference for me and respond if they contact you looking forward to seeing your face and hearing your voice. It has been quite a while so many lessons so many surprises

    Thank G!d I am feeling well (just had the all clear report after follow up mammogram #3)

    I want to talk about what time you see as clear and the other issues I mentioned in the last email and if you still want to do it, about booking the flight,


    Judith Margolis

    Anxiety is excitement plus lack of oxygen. Remember to breathe!

    Art Editor, *Nashim, Journal of Jewish Woman’s Studies and Gender Issues* University of Indiana Press

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    • Hi Judith! Yes, all are invited, but we expect a certain level of independence from participants. We provide some help with language, but cannot provide translators every single day of the residency. Instead, we make introductions and allow artists and volunteers to come to terms about how much help is required. Thus, how independent and comfortable a person is within a Chinese context will shape the retreat.

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