Institute for Provocation (IFP) Residency, Beijing

Applications are now closed.

Length of residency: 3 months

Dates: 1 October – 31 December 2019 (dates to be finalised with IFP)

Location: Beijing, China

Artform: Visual Arts

Grant amount: $7,500

Website: Institute for Provocation 

Applications close: Tuesday, 4 June 2019 (11:59PM AEST)

Notification: Late-June 2019

About the opportunity

The Australia Council for the Arts – in partnership with Institute for Provocation (IFP) – is offering Australian visual artists the chance to live and work in Beijing, China, as part of a residency program.

In 2019, one Australian visual artist will experience a three-month studio residency at IFP. IFP is an artist-run workspace and think tank that focuses on research practice and critical engagement with process, while cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural interaction provides a unique platform for the facilitation of work by individual artists. The residency program is a core activity of IFP, offering residents an environment that aims to initiate provocations on an artistic and collaborative level.

Residents and collaborators can access IFP's wide network of influencers, makers and researchers in China and beyond, and IFP Sessions give resident artists the chance to present their work in an informal and discussion-oriented setting.

The selected Australian artist will work from IFP’s new studios at 798 Art District, an important centre for contemporary art and design in Beijing. Separate accommodation will be provided at an apartment nearby.

The Australia Council will award the selected artist a $7,500 grant as living and travel allowance.

Download the information pack. 

Access and inclusion

The IFP studios are not wheelchair accessible. Specific requirements during the residency may be accommodated.


Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed by the Australia Council, in consultation with IFP and industry advisers, against the following selection criteria:

1.     Potential of the artist/artists

Assessors will consider the potential of the artist/artists at the centre of your proposal.  

They may consider:

·  Quality of work previously produced

·  Artistic merit

·  Ability, skills and creative thinking that suggests strong artistic potential

·  Public or peer response to work previously produced.

2.     Viability

Assessors will consider the viability of your proposal. They may consider:

·  The skills and artistic ability of the people involved and their relevance to the proposed activity

·  Realistic and achievable planning, resource use and evaluation

·  The role of any partners involved, including confirmation of their involvement

·  Diversity and scale of income and co-funding - including earned income, grants, sponsorship and in-kind contributions

·  Proposals which involve working with diverse audiences or communities, peers will look for demonstrated cultural competencies and appropriateness.

3.     Impact on career

Assessors will consider the impact the proposed activity will have on your career. They may consider:

·  How the proposed activity strengthens your artistic practice

·  The relevance and timeliness of the proposed activity

·  How the proposed  activity enables you to discover and develop new markets, or meet existing market demand

·  How the proposed activity strengthens your capacity as an arts professional.

Supporting material

Additional material can be submitted to help support your application, including artist biographies, letters of support, additional written material, images, and video footage of previous work. Support material may help assessors gain an understanding of the quality of your work, and where relevant, the skills and role of other artists or partners involved.

You are not required to submit a budget with your application. 

Selection process

Australia Council staff will consider applications according to the selection criteria above and will seek recommendations by industry advisers as needed.

You will be informed of the outcome of your application by late-June 2019.

How to submit an Application

Click on the ‘Submit an Application’ button at the bottom of this page. Applications must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online system. To apply in the online system, please click on ‘Grants & Grant Reporting’ and choose ‘Applications’.

Note, this residency does not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program. 

Changes to grants payments

The way Australia Council grants payments are made has changed. Effective immediately, grant recipients will no longer send an invoice for payment of a grant. Instead, after you accept our offer of funding, we will pay your grant into your nominated bank account and send you a Recipient Created Tax Invoice (RCTI).

Important information for administered grants

If you plan to have your grant administered by a third party, applicants will now need to ensure that the administrator is registered on the Australia Council online system before you begin your application. This means you cannot complete or submit an application if your administrator is not registered.


To discuss your application, please contact Joanna Bayndrian, International Market Adviser, North Asia on +61 2 9215 9152

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