Shen Shaomin reconnects with Australia - Art Collector

14 November 2011 | Shen Shaomin is backing a new residency program that will allow an Australian artist to use his Beijing studio for one month.

Shaomin’s studios were set up a decade ago when he moved back to Beijing after years spent abroad in Australia. It is where he worked on his experimental installations, including his Bonsai series and silica gel figures of former communist leaders at the 2010 Biennale of Sydney.

He now wants to help younger Australian artists access new cultural networks, and help forge creative connections between China and Australia.

The residency is run by Gallery 4A. Director Aaron Seeto says: “Since returning to Beijing, where he has developed a significant international profile, Shen Shaomin has been thinking very deeply about the type and quality of support that can be offered to Australian artists, and he has very generously offered his own studio as this cultural bridge.”

Applications are not yet open but it is expected the first residency will run in 2012.

Shaomin is also presenting a solo exhibition at Gallery 4A in Sydney which will open on 15 November 2011.

Jane O'Sullivan

Above: Shen Shaomin, I sleep on top of myself, 2011, detail of production image, silica gel simulation, dimensions variable. Courtesy: the artist

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