Call for Artists for the SGC International-Guanlan Artist Residency Award
Deadline: January 15, 2017

The deadline has now passed. Please check back in the fall of 2017 for more info!


SGC International is pleased to announce the first SGCI-Guanlan Artist Residency Award. One member of SGC International will be funded to spend four to six weeks at Guanlan Printmaking Base in Shenzhen, China.


The Guanlan Original Printmaking Base officially opened in October 26, 2008. It is China’s most influential printmaking center for the creation, exhibition, collection, dialogue, research, training, and marketing of fine art prints in China and abroad. The organization is proud to have successfully conducted four International Print Biennials. They have hosted 700 artists from 60 countries at their artist-in-residence program.


SGCI Residencies will take place between May 15 and June 30, 2017. Artists will be asked to create a body of work on site and the editioned work will be split between the artist and the residency. Housing, food, studio, materials, and some basic tools will be provided (artists should take all specialized tools with them). Air travel will be paid for by SGC International; visas and travel expenses to and from the airport will be covered by the artist.


Resident artists stay in traditional Hakka houses that include a living space, bathroom, TV, etc. The printmaking workshop has areas devoted to intaglio, relief, screen and lithography (stone and off-set) and each artist also has use of an individual studio with internet access, for the duration of their visit. At any given time there are usually several artists of different nationalities in residence. More info on the residency, including pictures, can be found at:


If applicants have questions on the residency, there are several members of SGCI who have attended the base and would be willing to share their experiences. Please contact admin (at) for more information.


SGCI seeks applications from experienced printmakers who are able to edition independently. Please note that this residency is intended for creating a finished body of work; artists will be expected to edition the artwork on site, and give a portion of the edition to Guanlan Printmaking Base in exchange for the residency. Guanlan’s technicians will help prepare plates and assist in the editioning of the work. Applicants must be active members of SGCI.


SGCI seeks applicants with a sense of adventure, travel experience, and flexibility around housing, means of travel, and dining. Resident artists may plan further travel after the residency and Hong Kong, for instance, is extremely close to Shenzhen.
December 1, 2016: Call for artists
January 15, 2017: Deadline to apply
Jan. 15-March 1, 2017: Jury and announcement
April-May, 2017: Artist applies for visa
May 15-June 30, 2017: Residency dates
Costs to artist:
Visas and minor travel costs, approximately $300-$350.


Additional Info:
Vegetarian diets can be accommodated.


The deadline has now passed. Please check back in the fall of 2017 for more info!