Open Call: Guangdong Times Museum Banyan Commune Artist Residency Project

Bird’s-eye View of Guangdong Times Museum, 2010

About The Banyan Commune

Guangdong Times Museum is located on the city’s shifting border, where hybrid forms of urbanism and complex demographics have 
profoundly shaped the archetypal suburban landscape of the Pearl River Delta region. Diverse communities grow in symbiosis with hetero-
-geneous properties of land—such is the surrounding and context of the museum.

Banyan Commune is a unique phenomenon of community life and civil culture in southern China, a gathering place traditionally served as a 
community center for the neighborhood. The Banyan Commune as a community project space was initiated in 2016, which has witnessed the 
seasonal changes, day-and-night alternate of the surrounding neighborhood while serving as the window for connecting the museum to public.

Gunilla Klingberg: Brand New View

Banyan Travel Agency, photo by Li Xiaotian

The artist will act as a host of this temporary public space, using the Huangbian neighbourhood as research subject to foster continuous 

dialogue, understanding, and communication about the actual context of the museum. Reflecting on the role of the contemporary 

art museum in a residential community while constructing organic relations between the institution and the surrounding place, Banyan 

Commune intends to generate a trace for the ever-changing region of South China in the process of urbanization.

Zheng Bo + Wei Zhijiao +Participants: Weed Common

Banyan Commune welcomes proposals by local and international artists and collectives for bi-annual, month-long residencies. Proposed 

projects should be visual, participatory, and public engaging in nature, including installation, video, sounds, performance, and events among 

others. Selected artist or artist collective will be provided with:

- Accommodation and workspacewith basic living facilities
- Round-trip economy-classflight or train tickets to Guangzhou
- Living expenses during theresidency
- Production budget of up to50,000 RMB (7500 USD)
- Assistance with applying forextra grants or sponsorships
- Project assistant, supportfor academic research and translation, etc.


- Project proposal, including the statement, working schedule, presentation plan, and a detailed plan of project realization
- Applicant’s portfolio
- Description of assistance needed for realizing the project

To Apply
Please combine all your application files into a single PDF file and e-mail to banyan@timesmuseum.org (If there is a video component in your files, please include it as a web link instead.)

Application Deadline
July 31, 2017

Reviewing Process

The proposed projects will undergo two rounds of reviewing committee evaluation. Committee is composed of the curatorial and public programmes departments of Times Museum. The first round will be within one month after the deadline for application. Five proposals will be selected for the second round of review. Selected artists will then need to provide further plan within 15 days. Two proposals will be selected for the residency each year. The finalists will be published on the museum’s website and other media. All applicants will receive email notification regardless of whether they are selected.

Please note
- Before submitting your application, it’s suggested that the artist do local research on the city of Guangzhou and the context of the surrounding community of Times Museum.
- The Banyan Commune project focuses on locality, and we encourage the participating artists to collaborate with various local institutions, researchers and other artists into the proposal.