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【Artist-in-Residency Programme】Fill in the Space: Open Call for Artists

1a space is pleased to announce Fill in the Space, an artist-in-residency programme which aims at creating a shared space for creative dialogues and artistic exchanges. The programme is opened to Hong Kong artists and artist collectives aged 18 or above working in the field of contemporary art. Up to 4 successful applicants will be eligible to use 1a space’s main gallery as their shared studio for a period of two months free of charge. The application deadline is Sunday 18 April 2021.

Fill in the Space focuses on applicants’ artistic process and the experimentations that results from working alongside other artists. The two-month residency will provide plenty of opportunities for interactions that cross the boundaries between different art forms and disciplines. As a studio-based residency, it offers time for introspective reflection, as well as a communal space for artists to share and leave their marks on each other’s thoughts. Through the experience of peer-learning and co-creating without the pressure of material outcome, the programme seeks to foster and sense of commonality among artists. Therefore, we welcome open-minded artists or artists collectives who are willing to exchange insights and to learn together through inclusion and positivity.


The residency

The residency programme will run from 3 May to 27 June 2021. Successful applicants will have access to a shared studio space in the diverse artist community in Cattle Depot Artist Village. The shared studio is furnished with basic equipment and is around 2000 square feet for 4 artists. This is not a live-in residency, however there is a leisure area with minimal kitchenette and pantry stocked with basic supplies. The programme also offers every artist at the residency material allowance and the opportunity to participate in weekly informal gatherings with fellow residency artists, field trips to visit established artists’ studio etc.


The successful applicants may be required to take part in at least one public programming event (e.g. artist sharing, open studio, etc.). The artist must comply with the rule of 1a space and rules in connection to the preservation of heritage buildings of Cattle Depot.

Who can apply?

  • The open call is aimed at young and emerging artists and artists collectives aged 18 or above who are living and working in Hong Kong.

  • We welcome young and emerging artists and artist collectives working in the field of contemporary art with any disciplinary backgrounds such as performance, new media, video, painting, sculpture, sound, etc.

  • Each artist and artist-collective is able to submit one proposal only.

How to apply?

  • The application process is online only and the deadline is Sunday 18 April 2021 7pm.

  • Please send the following documents in ONE PDF file with NO MORE THAN 10 pages in total to

    • A proposal of max 600 words in English or 1200 characters in Chinese which includes an explanation as to how the applicant can benefit from the time and space at 1a space, as well as why Fill in the Space will be rewarding for the applicant’s artistic practice.

    • An artist statement which provides an overview of the applicant’s artistic practice with up to 5 images.

    • CV / portfolio of the applicant.

    • Please include applicant’s basic information (name, surname, mobile number) in the body of the email.

Selection process

Submissions will be evaluated by a committee that includes representatives of 1a space and experts from the contemporary art field. Applications will be evaluated based on the applicant’s artistic merit, the residency’s benefit to the applicant’s development and the applicant’s potential for collaborations.


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