The Xiamen Artist – in – Residence program started in 2001 and gives artists a spot where they can develop ideas, experiment, research and produce new work.
CEAC offers a a well established local network of people and institutions. The CEAC also advises artists on how to produce their work outside their studio and shares with them a large network of local artists, companies and work sites to enable them to implement their projects in the best possible way.

The CEAC stimulates a cultural and intellectual exchange between residents, local artists and students at the Art & Design Department of Xiamen University. CEAC also shares with the artists the interpersonal network resources of studios, art schools, art institutions, foundations, embassies and consulates. During the stay, artist receive guidance from the CEAC, residents can be invited to give lectures, presentations, workshops, guest seminars about their work for students.

At the conclusion of their residence, artists are invited to present their research project and new work at the Art Center. The CEAC can also help mediate presentation spots in other cities in China. For those who want to travel during their residency, CEAC offers travel advice and assistance in China (reserving tickets, hotels, getting visas).


The apartments and studios provide space for two persons or a family and are furnishes and fully equipped for living and working. Services include a fully working air conditioning, washing machine, telephone, internet, TV and a DVD player. Located around the seaside and old harbor of Xiamen the apartments are all very close to the art centre. Residents can live and work at one of the apartments on a quiet street with a view of the South China Sea.


The fixed costs for the residency are paid in advance by the the resident to the CEAC after approval of the application. These costs are based on the duration of stay and the type of apartment that fit the needs of the resident. This includes the apartment with living and working accommodation and advice and assistence provided by the CEAC.Extra costs for making a presentation at the conclusion of the residence depend on individual wishes but are normally inexpensive.

Apply for recidency

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. If you want to apply for residency please send an e-mail with your request to


Research & Production

 Workshops in Xiamen
Since 1999, the CEAC has built up an excellent network of factories, work sites and laboratories of all sizes, making it easy for artists to experiment and produce new work. The CEAC can give organizational and technical advice, assist in creating works of art from start to finish, and arrange door-to-door shipment in China and abroad.

• Ceramics & porcelain
The unique porcelain village of De Hua, a two-hour drive from Xiamen, is famous for its white clay, Blanc de Chine or “Chinese white”. The CEAC has good contact with De Hua porcelain factories and work sites so artists can experiment and produce ceramic and porcelain objects with the help of experienced technical assistants.

• Engraving, letterpress printing, lithography, silk-screen, art publications
The CEAC has been working with the best printers in Xiamen for years. Many of the residents print books during their stay in Xiamen, sometimes using Chinese pop-up and paper-cutting techniques.

  • Glass and crystal
Some work sites in Xiamen are specialized in various kinds of hand-blown
glass and crystal. Glass-blowing requires a great deal of skill and practice,
and the CEAC knows where to find the best local glass workers.

• Granite and marble
Xiamen is known for producing sculptures of all sizes in marble, granite,
sandstone, basalt, quartz, travertine, limestone, lava and so forth. The CEAC
technical advisor has worked with most of the local manufacturers and knows
their specialties.

• Lacquer
Chinese lacquer is a natural varnish made from the sap of the lacquer tree.
The city of Fuzhou, a two-hour drive from Xiamen, is well-known for bodiless
lacquerware, one of the “Three Treasures” of Chinese arts and crafts.

• Photography, film, video, sound, animation and newer digital technology
The CEAC introduces residents to production assistants, local laboratories,
designers and students in the field.

• Stainless steel, hammered steel, bronze sculptures
Many work sites in Xiamen specialize in designing, developing and manufacturing
(handicraft) sculptures in various designs, colors and sizes. The CEAC technical
advisor knows them all and can tell you which work site is best for your work.

• Textile
Gulong Market is the largest fabric and clothing market in Xiamen. It has more
than 150 fabric stores, tailor shops and garment accessory stores all under one roof.
The salespeople and tailors can help you complete your design. The CEAC knows
the best tailors, embroiderers, lace-makers and so forth.