Information for applicants

Jingdezhen Pottery Workshop Residency 2019


Jingdezhen, China
19 August – 29 September 2019

The six-week Jingdezhen Pottery Workshop Residency is located in one of the most fascinating and ancient creative centres in China. Located in the ‘Porcelain Capital’ of China, the workshop is an international ceramics centre that focuses on programs for practising ceramicists but is also open to other visual artists wanting to develop their skills in ceramics, as all artists are equally supported and encouraged.

The residency and its surrounding community include hundreds of small, independent craftspeople and artists, clay producers, throwers, sculptors, mould makers, blue and white decorators, glaze shops, and public kilns.

The modern facilities and exceptionally skilled and bilingual staff, will provide artists with an invaluable experience and opportunity to further develop their skills and career. Artists have the opportunity to meet, learn from and be inspired by international and local artists. The boundaries of each artist’s knowledge and practice are broadened during this unforgettable opportunity.

The residency facilities and services include:

  • Air-conditioned studio with high-quality equipment.
  • Glaze lab.
  • Technical assistance by qualified staff.
  • General living and travel advice and assistance.
  • Full room and board (please note accommodation may be twin share with other Helpmann supported artists).
  • Clean air-conditioned rooms.
  • Hot showers and flush toilets (shared with other artists on the residency).
  • Most Meals:
    • Lunch and dinner provided Mon – Fri.
    • Lunch provided on Saturday.
    • All other meals to be covered by the artists.
  • Wireless broadband Internet connection.
  • Use of Pottery Workshop bicycles.

For more information visit the Jingdezhen website:


Visual artists, up to five years following their final year of study from the Helpmann Academy’s partner institutions.

Honours graduates up to 5 years post-graduation are eligible if Honours were undertaken in direct succession of an eligible undergraduate degree

*Refer to the Who We Support page of Helpmann’s website for a list of eligible courses.


The total value of the Residency is $5,000 AUD.

Helpmann Academy makes all payments to the residency, which covers the full cost of your time at the Pottery Workshop, including room and board (as outlined above).

The remaining balance after all residency costs have been paid (approx. $1,500 AUD) is provided to the artist to assist in flights and other expenses (see below)

Costs Covered by the Helpmann Academy

  • Travel Visas
  • Residency costs

Costs Covered by the Artists:

  • Airfares*.
  • Stop over accommodation in Shanghai*.
  • Airport transfers*.
  • Medical costs such as vaccinations and travel insurance (documentation of these is required before departure)
  • Passport application/renewal fees if required.
  • Art materials purchased while in Jingdezhen.
  • Food for the meals not provided at the residency (please see above).
  • Food, travel and accommodation for side trips undertaken outside the Pottery Workshop.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Potential freight costs for created work.

*The Helpmann Academy will put you in touch with our preferred travel agent, Angas Travel, who will organise return flights, stop over accommodation and transfers on your behalf. Depending on artists arrival time in Jingdezhen, a night’s accommodation may be required at the neighbouring hostel. The Pottery Workshop will assist in organising transfers from the hostel to the Pottery Workshop.


The Helpmann Academy will make all reservations at the Jingdezhen Pottery Workshop on your behalf.

Artists are responsible for booking flights, stop over accommodation, visas (cost covered by Helpmann), and transfers with Angas Travel.

Artists are required to provide the travel agent with all supporting documentation to facilitate flight bookings and visas.


Thursday, 9 May 2019
12 noon – 1:30pm
Helpmann Academy meeting room
Suite 422, Level 4, 147 Pirie St, Kaurna Yarta, Adelaide

Please register your attendance here.

Artists interested in applying are encouraged to attend an information session hosted by the Helpmann Academy.

Artists who have undertaken the residency in previous years will be in attendance, providing first-hand insight and experience, and answer any queries you may have.

Topics covered in the information session will include:

  • Travel and visa arrangements.
  • Information and advice from previous recipients about their experience at Jingdezhen.
  • Introduction to the Pottery Workshop.
  • Helpful information about travelling in China.
  • Helpful information about how the Pottery Workshop functions.
  • Advice on writing your application.
  • The opportunity to ask any questions you might have.

Please register your attendance at [email protected]


Applications are due by 11:59pm ACST on Friday 31 May 2019. 

Applications are submitted online here.

Applicants are required to complete a number of questions and provide supporting documentation and material.

Written responses

Questions requiring a written response are:

  • Why do you want to undertake a residency at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, and how would this opportunity contribute to the development of your art practice (conceptually, technically, etc)?
  • What do you intend to do while at the Pottery Workshop?
  • What are your artistic goals and aspirations for the future, and how do you align these with your anticipated outcomes of the residency at the Pottery Workshop?

Required support material

The following documentation and material must be provided:

  • A proposed budget for the six-week residency
  • Artist CV
  • Academic transcript
  • Up to 8 images of your work
  • For graduates up to 3 years out from study: An endorsement letter from a previous lecturer (provided on letterhead).
  • For graduates 3-5 years out of study: An endorsement letter from an industry leader, or previous lecturer / head of school.

Additional (optional) support material may be supplied such as reviews, press coverage of your work, website links or other material that you feel will support your application.

Applicants are welcome to submit a draft application to receive feedback before submitting their final application. Draft applications must be received by Friday 17 May 2019.

The successful applicants will clearly demonstrate how undertaking the Jingdezhen residency will contribute to their professional development.

A panel facilitated by the Helpmann Academy will assess applications based on:

  • The impact the residency will have on the applicants’ professional development / artistic practice.
  • How the applicant will maximise their time at the residency.
  • The applicant’s level of artistic merit.
  • The personal and professional qualities the applicant is able to contribute.

Personal Attributes of Applicants:

  • Willingness to be flexible and open to new experiences.
  • Ability to be open to and respectful of customs and traditional cuisine.
  • A strong commitment to learning about and engaging with another culture.

Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview.

For more information about the Residency or submitting an application, please contact Helpmann on (08) 7089 0720 or at [email protected].

Header image: Artist working in Jingdezhen, photo courtesy of The Pottery Workshop.

Proudly supported by the Macquarie Foundation

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