Chengdu Residency

The Chengdu, China Teaching Residency is new to the Royal Drawing School for 2019, the opportunity has been kindly supported by Elm Education, an institution which aims to work across art and education in the UK and China. The Residency seeks to provide artists time and space to reflect, research and develop their artistic practice in conjunction with teaching during the residency stay. It is an opportunity to explore teaching, learning and artistic processes in a different framework and location, encouraging cultural exchange.

Artists in residence will teach for 6 weeks on the Aspiring Van Gogh Chengdu Summer course (workshops run Monday – Friday, 4 hour morning sessions). The course (taught in English) is open to Chinese teenagers who are preparing portfolios to apply to an Art and Design Foundation course in the UK. Tutors will help develop the students drawing skills and provide inspiration and encouragement to the student’s artistic practice ahead of submitting their applications. 

Chengdu is the gateway to the Chinese hinterlands with access to bamboo forests and the Himalayan planes. It is culturally diverse and has a growing contemporary arts scene. There is a good metro system and a bike-docking scheme, making it an easy city to get around. The Artists House is situated in the centre of Chengdu, near the famous Wide and Narrow Alley and shopping districts. 

The opportunity offers two Royal Drawing School, Drawing Year alumni a fully funded 7 week teaching and self-directed studio time in Chengdu, China and a following 4 weeks to travel in China. 

Artists will be provided with a self-contained apartment with two bedrooms, a kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor and a large will let studio/loft space on the first floor. The studio has a sink, sewing machine, some hand tools and tables and chairs. 

The residency opportunity is fully funded for two artists, this includes: 

  • Accommodation in Chengdu for 7 weeks
  • Shared studio space in Chengdu for 7 weeks
  • Local English/Chinese point of contact in Chengdu
  • In addition each artist is awarded a £3,000 stipend flights, visa, vaccinations and food / general living costs during the teaching residency. The stipend will also support 4 weeks of travel and accommodation in China once teaching residency is complete. 

Please note travel insurance is the artists own responsibility.

Eligible Artists:

  • Royal Drawing School, Drawing Year Alumni (all years) 
  • Teaching experience required 

Applications for the Chengdu, China Teaching Residency are now closed. The residency is only open to alumni of the Royal Drawing School’s postgraduate programme, The Drawing Year.  If you have any questions regarding the residency please contact