Call for 2024 ICCI ART VALLEY PROGRAM Visiting Artists

(Education Oriented)

Organizer: USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Co-Organizer: MANA - Global new media art platform

Location: Shanghai, China

Dates: NOV 1 -DEC 15, 2024


Application Deadline: August 5, 2024


The open call for visiting artists in the 2024 ICCI ART VALLEY PROGRAM will center on international artists who work with comprehensive media materials in their art practice. With the continuous development of science and technology, the mediums and boundaries of artistic works have been constantly redefined, which has reshaped public perceptions of society, culture, and the artworks themselves. The program specifically focuses on the convergence of "Art plus Technology”, exploring innovative fusion between “Technology" and “Regional culture”, while also delving into the global perspective of contemporary art and cultural diversity.

Embracing an open perspective and cross-media practice, the program aims to explore the interaction between humans and nature, as well as society, through artistic creation. It seeks to delve into symbiosis within the realm of technology, and interpret artists' reshaping of tradition and memory through their works. Ultimately, the program endeavors to address changes in urban culture through artistic expression. ICCI is openly recruiting five international artists and scholars to participate in the 2024 ICCI ART VALLEY PROGRAM for a residency from November 1 to December 15, 2024. Selected visiting artists will hold exhibitions at art Museums in downtown Shanghai, virtual Space, and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University History Museum.

International Artists are expected to
I.Have academic background in higher education, i.e., institute/university/academy of art.

II. Have demonstrated experience in long-term artistic creation, with different art genre practices or cultural backgrounds. This project will prioritize artists engaged in interdisciplinary art, digital art, traditional painting, and other forms of mixed-media art practices.

III. Deliver 1-2 public lecture(s), workshop(s) or other activitie(s) according to the contract. Please provide a BRIEF introduction of your ideas for conducting public programs during the residency in your application.

IV. Have fluent English public speech skills.

V. Bring at least 5 completed works to Shanghai for exhibition purposes.

VI. Donate 2 existing artworks to SJTU for the permanent exhibition. (Submit a list of at least 5 artworks for the SJTU Committee's selection of 2 pieces for donation.)

Ⅶ. Actively engage in the visits, lecures, workshops, and exhibitions planned by organizer.

Ⅷ. Participate fully in the Program (November 1 to December 15, 2024) and ensure artistic creations are carried out in the studio within the working days of the Program.

Applicants who have been approved by the organizing committee can receive at least 10,000 yuan in project funding (including lecture/workshop fees and material allowances, according to your background and experience). Additionally, we’ll provide reimbursement based on the following conditions:

a. Round-trip airfare (economy class) from your departure city to Shanghai.

b. Accommodation in a hotel or apartment near the SJTU campus.

c. Participation in a group exhibition at a prominent gallery in downtown Shanghai and at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University History Museum.

d. Participate in artistic activities and engage in communication and cooperation with Chinese local artists.

e. Get acquainted with top Chinese artists and knowledge of Chinese culture.

f. Enjoy organized visits to contemporary galleries and art exhibitions in Shanghai.

g. Showcase your profile and artworks on ICCI’s tailored online virtual platforms, the ICCI ART VALLEY official website, and other official media channels.

h. Secure a permanent exhibition space for your donated works at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

i. Benefit from promotion and media coverage of your art practice in China.

j. Receive assistance from 1-2 student assistant(s) with lectures, exhibition preparation, and other related tasks.

a. Visiting scholars are advised to arrange their own travel insurance as needed.
How to Apply
If interested, please send a CV (including portrait/artistic philosophy/educational experience/artistic experience and practical experience/work plan during the residence period/representative works/donated works), your detailed teaching experience and academic practice in higher education institutions, and your exhibition experience and art collection records, to (Email Title: Application for Visiting Artist+Name).
Collaboration and Sponsorship
We sincerely welcome universities, art colleges, art institutions, and brands from around the world to participate in cooperation. If you are interested in the program, please send us an email to:
The owner of the ART VALLEY PROGRAM, the USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry (ICCI) founded in 2015, is an internationally oriented school of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU).

The ICCI ART VALLEY PROGRAM aims to practice art education with cultural and creative thinking, innovate the personnel training mode of art and management majors in comprehensive universities, enhance the level of public artistic literacy, and build an art ecosystem characterized by the integration of cultural industry and education development. The selected artists come from different artistic fields, including painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, architecture, etc. Since 2015, the program has attracted more than 100 art scholars and researchers from around the world to participate in educational practice, exchange and develop educational concepts.