The Swatch Art Peace Hotel Artist Residency Program is designed to bring together talented artists from around the world to experience a unique cultural environment dedicated to contemporary art. Selected artists are invited to live and work in specially designed workshop studios for a period of up to six months, in a community of eighteen people from all artistic horizons and national origins. By bringing together this prestigious setting and the creators of art, the Program aims to situate art at the very heart of an urban space dominated by luxury goods.
The Swatch Art Peace Hotel Artist Residency Program offers artists, who are shaping the luxury of tomorrow, the opportunity to counteract peripheral isolation and develop creative exchange by living and working together in a dedicated environment in one of Shanghai’s most prestigious locations. Two floors have been reserved for this purpose in a legendary landmark building in Shanghai, China. Under a concept developed by Swatch Group, the former Palace Hotel (later known as the Peace Hotel South Building) has been restored to its original splendor. Now known as the Swatch Art Peace Hotel, it is located directly on the Bund, once the heart of old Shanghai and today the luxury mile in one of the biggest and most dynamic cities in the world.
'The opportunity that the residency gave me was the mixture of creation and contemplation both collaboratively and individually. To be at the Swatch studios, perched as they are with a bid's eye view out over The Bund, the river and Pudong, symbols of Shanghai constantly balancing its own sense of past, present and future. The perfect point of a view in a city going through a radical transformation within a widen global context. What happens right here has implications for the future of us all.'