Art Contraste
23 DAYS At sea

Contraste Projects is partnering with Burrard Arts Foundation for Access Gallery's unique new arts residency for emerging artists. 23 Days at Sea will offer selected artists passage aboard a cargo ship sailing from Vancouver, Canada to Shanghai, China. Crossing the Pacific Ocean takes approximately twenty-three days, during which time the artist will be considered “in residence” aboard the vessel. Once in China, Art Contraste will guide the artists to make important new contacts and opportunities in China's artworld. The inaugural two residents will be sent to sea in August and September 2015, and the residency will be accompanied by publications by Access Gallery.


Artist Residency program in china

Contraste is proud to introduce, in partnership with the Where Where Art Space in Beijing,the first edition of its Residency Program for Quebec’s visual artists.

Made possible through the financial support of our sponsors, namely Power Corporation of Canada and Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ), Contraste's Residency Program gives the opportunity to a visual artist, aged between 18 and 35, to work out of a studio in Beijing's renowned 798 Art District, and build a network with the contemporary
arts scene in China.

Constrastes is issuing a province-wide call for proposals for this opportunity, and all eligible professional artists are invited to apply by March 22, 2013.

Download the Call for Proposals and official guidelines.
Download the Jury's Code of Ethics (required reading).


A Motive for Change by Carlos Sanchez, QC

To cap the remarkable success of the "Canadian Cameras at Work" exhibition, Contraste will invite a selection of the Canadian artists to travel to Beijing in September of 2011 to attend the final opening of the 10 city tour of the exhibition. Established to build upon the cultural exchange through a series of meetings and workshops with Chinese artists, the trip will also consist of an intensive creative residency. The artists' time will be spent meeting with various figures in the art community of the 798 and Cao Changdi art districts, visiting the many galleries throughout the city, and working in studio spaces to develop their projects and channel this new influence.



"Canadian Cameras at Work" is a visual arts exhibition showcasing works by 25 photography and video artists from across Canada. Acting as a facilitator for inter-cultural dialogue, the exhibit premiered in September 2009 at Beijing's Three Shadows Photography Arts Center, and bloomed with acclaim from a singular event into a 10-city tour of China under the auspices of the Alliance Française.

View the exhibition catalog here.

All artworks' © respective artists. Site by Julian Gollner.