San Mei Residency and Teaching Programme




















The application process for this opportunity has now ended and we would like to thank all those who applied.

Thanks also to our selection panel:

Ms Alice Childs. Director of San Mei Gallery and China Education expert


Mr Nigel Hunter: Art Director and recently retired Director Of Art, St. Paul’s school. 


Ms Saskia Olde Wolbers, Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths.

We are pleased to announce the two artists who will be taking part in the programme this summer as Jayem Won and Alicia Fidler and look forward to working with them on this project.

Programme Description


San Mei Gallery would like to invite recent graduates of art and design degrees to apply to our new residency and teaching programme, taking place in Chengdu, China from July to August 2018.


There are two roles available with return flights, visa, insurance, a private room in shared accommodation and studio space, all provided, as well as local orientation and support once in Chengdu. The programme will culminate with an exhibition opportunity at San Mei Gallery in South London.


The applicant must be a graduate artist who has been through the UK system from A level, foundation and university. They must show a commitment to teaching UK foundation portfolio preparation lessons five mornings a week whilst on the residency and have strong organisation skills.


The residency will also provide time for reflection, research, presentation and production outside of the teaching hours. It is an opportunity to explore teaching, learning and artistic processes in a different framework and location, encouraging cultural exchange. The artists will then have a presentation/ exhibition of the work made whilst on the residency. Candidates should have an interest in China and/or some knowledge of the language or culture.


The candidates will be required to write a statement to indicate ideas they have for teaching and progress they hope to make in their own work. They will also meet with the San Mei Gallery group to prepare a set lesson plan and schedule for the residency period. San Mei will provide a framework of hours and student level.


San Mei Gallery hopes to develop a relationship between the artist in residence in the periods before the residency in the form of planning and project formation (meetings in June and visa applications); during the residency in the form of teaching and creative updates; and after the residency in the form of a presentation, documentation or exhibition of work and research at San Mei Gallery. The residency will be as much a teaching and learning experience as a time to investigate personal artistic practice. There is potential for the residency experience to form the start of a longer relationship with San Mei Gallery.




Provided through the residency

  • Return air fair to Chengdu

  • Vaccination

  • Visa

  • Insurance

  • Accommodation in Chengdu

  • Studio space in Chengdu

  • Local support in Chengdu


 Required attributes

  • Well organised

  • Focused

  • Recent graduate from an art or design course (with UK A-level and art foundation experience) either last year or going to graduate in the coming months.

  • Have an interest in developing an educational aspect of their art practice.

  • Express an interest for the location



  • Teaching experience

  • Mandarin

  • Personable skills



  • Completed application form with statement, containing information about current art practice and why you think you’re suitable for the residency

  • Supporting Images

  • C.V.

  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview, either in person in London, or via Skype

  • References may be required


Candidates once selected must

  • Be available for 3 days in June for induction at San Mei Gallery in London, including: preparing a set lesson plan and schedule, visa application and vaccinations

  • Complete an online certificate in safe guarding

  • Be DBS checked

  • Be available to fly out early July, return late August and present work/research made over the 2-month period at San Mei Gallery. Applicants will be given the funds for but must book their own return flights. If they wish to extend their trip after or before the residency they are welcome to book the tickets for those dates however accommodation will not be provided outside of the residency period.

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