During May 2013 I will be artist in residence at the 501 Art Space http://www.501xuspace.com/# in Chongqing. This is part of a year long project investigating the gestures we make with our bodies when drawing and writing in Chinese and English.

As my departure date nears – now less than two weeks away – along with sorting out visas, checking flights and buying sunscreen, I’m also setting up this blog, updating my website http://www.jayne-lloyd-artist.co.uk/ and planning my project for when I arrive.

I recently found out that my application to the Arts Council to fund the project had been successful. News that I greeted with great excitement and relief followed by the realisation that I needed to check exactly what I’d told them I was going to do and make sure that everything was in place.

The project includes my research trip to China, followed by workshops with schools and a Chinese language group in Manchester and an exhibition that combines the work I produce during the project with the work of participants in the workshops.

The other aim of the project is to set up correspondence with artists and other interested parties in the UK, through this blog or through email or Skype, whilst in China. The primary aim of this is to establish a dialogue about the project and gain critical feedback. However, I’m also happy to try and answer questions about the arts scene, the sites, the food (I’m told Chongqing has the spiciest hotpot in China) or anything else related to China’s fasted growing city http://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/chongqi….

If you would like to find out more about the project please email me at [email protected] or post a comment on the blog.