Art residencies are temporary locations where artists and creatives can go to hone their craft. They provide a change of air, introduce new influences and push contemporary atmospheres in order for artists to evolve not only in their practice but also in their lives. Whilst an abundance of residencies exist across the world, no two art residencies are the same. The opportunities and conditions that they offer always differ from one to the next, allowing for any artist to find the one that would be perfect for their artistic journey.
Terms of art residencies also differ. Some are self-funded, where others are state funded. Some offer grants to exceptional artists, with the aim of pushing them towards more conducive environments that they think might allow for artistic growth and maturity. What artists looking for residencies should always have over the course of applying for residencies is perseverance. Applications can at times be strenuous. Do your research, study up on the residencies available, and get familiar with what the residencies offer to avoid disappointment.
Here at The Artling Artzine, we’ve compiled the art residencies in Southeast Asia, giving our readers a one-stop solution to the residencies available in the region:
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Image courtesy of Pisaot - Sa Sa Art Projects
An experimental arts residency, Pisaot welcomes both Cambodian Artists as well as selected visiting guests. Over the course of six to either weeks, residents will live and work in the Sa Sa Art Projects space in central Phnom Penh, and focus on regional dialogue.
Pisaot does not ask artists to make works specific for any exhibition, but urges them to experiment in their practice. Whilst this residency gives their selected artists the freedom to do whatever they want, they also encourage artists-in-residence to try new mediums, modes of artistic expression, and to explore the ideas that might expand and challenge their perspectives on art.
Pisaot also promotes knowledge-sharing, where artists-in-residence research on their own projects whilst integrating themselves with the art communities and audiences in Phnom Penh.
Find out more at https://www.sasaart.info/pisaot.htm
Image courtesy of META HOUSE PHNOM PENH: German Cambodian Cultural Centre
Initiated in January 2007, German Filmmaker and his Cambodian team opened META HOUSE as an extension of the International Academy at the Free University of Berlin.
META HOUSE boasts 100 square-metres of exhibition space along with an open-air media lounge that overlooks Phnom Penh; it offers spaces for artists-in-residence and visiting artists to interact, actively supporting local artists whilst promoting the arts in Cambodia. META HOUSE state that it has “not only established itself as a meeting place for artists and art lovers, but also as an intercultural and interdisciplinary networking platform for Cambodian-based artists, Cambodian artists living overseas and their international colleagues.”
Find out more at http://www.meta-house.com/main/about
Image courtesy of CLA
Cambodian Living Arts’s mission and motivations are directed towards illuminating and advancing Cambodian arts and culture. It seeks to drive international support and attention to the way Cambodians express creativity and diversity of culture.
CLA features ongoing exchanges from Asia, to Europe, to the USA. Their Artist Fellowship programme is an opportunity where Cambodian artists and writers take part in a four-week residency at the Vermont Studio Centre – the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency in the United States. After which, these artists-in-residence will have the chance to take part in a program that includes arts, culture and networking in and around New York City. This programme is run once every two years.
Find out more at https://www.cambodianlivingarts.org/exchanges/
Image courtesy of A I R Artist Inn Residency
Situated in Ubud, ‘Artist Inn Residency’ or AIR offers living and working spaces for artists, musicians, designers, filmmakers, digital nomads, writers, art lovers, travellers, yogis, and people of all kinds. Located next to a river, its setting is lush and tropical.
AIR’s mission is aimed at creating a space under one roof where creatives are about to flourish. Co-working spaces allow residents to integrate with others, whilst studio spaces allow privacy for artistic expression when need be. Air states how it aims to be a place where “creativity meets spirituality”, and where “conversations can happen that empower new ideas in a natural relaxed setting”.
Find out more at http://airubud.com
Image courtesy of NOA NOA ART RESIDENCY
Named after Paul Gaugin’s travelogue, NOA NOA was conceived as a commentary of his paintings and the describing of his experiences in Tahiti. NOA NOA seeks to offer their artists-in-residence the best conditions in order to foster their creativity. Situated in Bali and surrounded by nature, the NOA NOA Art Residency stems from the necessity of intimate, deep and free dialogues about art.
Find out more at http://noanoaartresidency.com/
Image courtesy of Grafis Minggiran
Founded in 2001 by a group of artists who were Graphic Art students at the Indonesia Institute of the Arts (IS), Faculty of Fine Arts, Studio Grafis Minggiran is an arts collective, founded on a work site or studio-centered practice. It focuses on print making techniques such as etching, aquatint, drypoint, alugraphy, linocut and woodcut. Based in Yogyakarta, its residency programs are invite-only. It also has an open call program and a researched based initiative.
Find out more at https://www.grafisminggiran.com/residency
Image courtesy of Goethe Institut – Indonesia
In collaboration with Cemeti - Institute for Art and Society (formerly ‘Cemeti Gallery’, then ‘Cemeti Art House’), Goethe Institut invites three artists living and working in Germany, Singapore and Indonesia to spend three months in Cemeti in Yogyakarta. These three artists will be in residence over the same period, culminating in a final presentation which can take place in the form of an exhibition, performance, lecture, workshop or anything else that is fitting for the artists’ work and practice. During the course of their stay, the artists-in-residence will be asked to initiate several public events.
Find out more at https://www.goethe.de/ins/id/en/kul/ser/aue/opc.htm
Image courtesy of SOLID-ID Art Residency
SOLID-ID Art Residency is one for Indonesian artists whose focus is on supporting peace, freedom, and religious tolerance through art and discussion. Selected artists will have the opportunity to explore and learn about art and peacebuilding from speakers and fellow artists.
Seven selected artists in residence from Jakarta, Bandung, Bogor, Depok, Bekasi, Tangerang, and Yogyakarta will participate in a three-day workshop in Jakarta. Each participant will receive a seed grant of IDR 20,000,000 – to produce an art project that interprets the theme “Ramai Tapi Damai” (hustle-bustle yet peaceful). The process of creating artwork will be held in the hometown of each participant. The highlight of this residency is the exhibition of the Selected Artists’ artworks at the Common Ground Art Festival, which will also be documented in printed and digital catalogs.
Image courtesy of Sangkring Art Space
Sangkring Art Space was founded by Balinese painter Putu Sutawijaya in 2007. Spread across two floors and more that 500 square meters of space in the famous artist village of Nitripayan, the space has become a centre for modern and contemporary art in Yogyakartaa. The mission of Sangkring is to showcase the best of contemporary Indonesian art alongside younger and more experimental artists.
Find out more at http://sangkringart.com/
Image courtesy of Jogja Independent Residency Project
The Artists in Residency program at the Jogja National Museum is one that is open to international and local artists. This residency provides access to the multiple galleries and performance spaces at the Museum, and includes staff support, publicity, VISA support letters and accommodation. However, do take note that the Museum does not provide a budget and the costs incurred will need to be covered by the visiting artist.
Image courtesy of Arcolabs
The Arcolabs residency involves study exchanges between Indonesia and foreign countries. a pivotal part of their ‘International Exchange’ initiative, Arcolabs seeks to facilitate communication between artists from different countries. They also partner with several residencies in Indonesia, including Serrum in Jakarta, HONF in Yogyakarta and Jatiwangi Art Factory in Majalengka.
Find out more at http://www.arcolabs.org/category/experiencing/residency-program/
Image courtesy of The Rimbun Dahan Residency Programme
The Rimbun Dahan Residency Programme runs a range of artists’ residencies. From visual artists, choreographers and other artistic productions, Rimbun Dahlan’s residency has hosted over 100 individuals, allowing them the opportunity to build on their practice. Types of residencies at this programme include their Southeast Asian Arts Residency, Open Residencies for International Artists and Residencies for Australian and New Zealand Artists.
Find out more at http://rimbundahan.org/arts/residencies/
Image courtesy of The WOLO Artist Residency
The WOLO Artist Residency is a collaborative residency initiated between Wei-Ling Gallery and the WOLO Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. They describe their main objectives as one that helps artists realize community-based projects that draw on the identity of Malaysia. Over the course of their residency, Malaysian artists will get the chance to interact and conduct studio visits with the Resident artists, allowing dialogues and exchanges to happen. The WOLO Artist’s Residency only offers 6 international artists the opportunity to live and work in Kuala Lumpur over the course of the year.
Image courtesy of ECAiR – East Coast Artist in Residency
Based in Kuantan, ECAiR’s location offers true Malaysian local experiences. Unlike metropolitan Kuala Lumpur, ECAiR offers a peaceful getaway for artists, allowing them to be inspired by their surroundings. This residency allows you to collaborate with local artists, offers workshops and the exhibition of works, open studio settings and gallery visits.
Find out more at https://ecair.my/
Image courtesy of Shalini Ganendra Vision Culture Art Residency
The Shalini Ganendra Vision Culture Art Residency facilitates development in research, artistic practice and cultural encounters within Southeast Asia. Hosted in SGA’s Gallery Residence, the residency is set in a conceptual space around their ethos of “living with art”. Its building is at the forefront of architectural style, boasting designs for green, sustainable living, allowing it to be one of the first projects in Malaysia to receive the Green Building certification.
Located in Petaling Jaya, this residency requires artists to cover their cost of travel. However, accommodation is subsidised.
Find out more at http://www.shaliniganendra.com/vision-culture-artist-residency/
Image courtesy of Sembilan Art Residency
Sembilan Art Residency was initiated with the aim of supporting emerging Malaysian artists. Located in the state of Negeri Sembilan, along the fringes of Seremban's charming old town. The program provides artists with a dedicated art space within a 1919 pre-war building, which has been recently renovated. It is approximately 2,000 square feet in size with plenty of blank walls and wide, open space.
This residency is approximately 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur by car. Three times a year, sembilan will host group exhibitions for its residents to showcase their body of work in various exciting locations around Malaysia.
Find out more at http://www.sembilan.com.my/
Image courtesy of MATAHATI Art Residency Programme - HOM
The HOM Residency is an artist residency programmed young local artists under the mentorship of MATAHATI. A workshop-based residency, artists attend studio sessions at the residency, allowing them time to develop their skills and techniques. Activities pertaining to artists and their practice are also included to provide more exposure, maximizing communications and allowing them to develop relationships with the local arts scene.
Find out more at http://www.homarttrans.com/2009/03/2009-mar-program.html
Image courtesy of Elmo’s House Artist Residency
Based in Batan, Aklan, Elmo’s House Artist Residency is one that promotes contemporary art practices. Open to local and international artists, artists will reside in the centre of Batan with mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. This residency prides itself on its unique settings, allowing for facilitations of new perspectives for research, providing spaces that foster creation. Elmo’s House Artist Residency seeks to act as a conduit between Bayan and participating artists whilst initiating conversations about contemporary art and critical thinking.
Find out more at http://www.elmoshouse.org/
Image courtesy of Project Space Pilipinas
Project Space Pilipinas is an artist-initiated platform that seeks to provide space, assistance and support for artists. This residency is based in Lucban, south of Luzon. Residencies range from 1 to 3 months, with its location providing conducive settlings for research, immersion and collaborations in and around the community.
Project Space Pilipinas cite themselves as a springboard to help further artistic endeavours, seeking to establish effective networks in creating opportunities for local and international collaborations.
Find out more at http://projectspacepilipinas.com/residency/
Image courtesy of Bella Artes Projects
Bella Artes Projects was founded in 2013 by Jam Acuzar. It exists as a non-profit foundation housed in a historical building built in 1867. It centers itself on supporting the artistic production of contemporary artists, providing a space for experimentation and interdisciplinary collaboration with Filipino heritage. This is largely based on the residencies that take place on its campus at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. Bella Artes Projects also collaborate regularly with the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD).
Find out more at http://www.bellasartesprojects.org/artists-in-residence
Image courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Manila
By invitation only, the LARA Residency initiated by the Metropolitan Museum of Manila is a residency in part ship with Asia Citi Trust. LARA, which stands for Latin American Roaming Arts, is a designed for travelling artists who focus on the creation of art from their experiences. This residency is extended to Latin American artists, allowing them t reflect on physical and cultural diversities of the places they visit through this residency.
Find out more at http://metmuseum.ph/art-for-all/lara-residency-program/
Image courtesy of E-Flux
The NTU CCA Residency exists as an extension of NTU CCA’s identity as a research center. They host artists, curators, critics and scholars from Singapore and abroad with their studio-based Residencies programme. Open to both established and emerging artists, it serves as a forum for cultural and artistic exchange in Southeast Asia. Additional features of this residency include involvements with public events, Residencies: Insights / Studio Sessions / OPEN series, open studio sessions, lectures, live performances, to special projects in The Lab and the NTU CCA Singapore’s space for curatorial experimentation. The application for residency at NTU CCA is via nomination only.
Find out more at http://ntu.ccasingapore.org/residencies/
Image courtesy of STPI
STPI’s Creative Workshop offers residency programmes for leading artists around the world. It has a focus on contemporary art practices pertaining to print and paper, encouraging artists to create unique artworks. Notable artists who have been invited include Pacita Abad and Rirkrit Tiravanija.
Residencies at STPI also allow relations with other institutions in Singapore, including National Gallery Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum. Since its initiation in 2002, STPI has become one of the most cutting-edge destinations for contemporary art in Asia.
Find out more at https://www.stpi.com.sg/about/
Image courtesy of Singapore Art & Gallery Guide
Grey Projects is a non-profit art space that produces publications, generates curatorial advances and fosters artistic exchange. Their residency welcomes local and international artists across a wide range of disciplines. This includes design, photography, literature, film, and performance. Since their initiation, they have hosted individuals from Asia, Europe and Africa, which include curators, poets and playwrights.
They have three main residency programmes, the Studio Residency Programme open to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents; the InternationalResidency Programme where international applicants can apply; the Berlin Residency Programme open to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents.
Find out more at http://www.greyprojects.org/index.php/programme/residency/
Image courtesy of Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film
Residencies at Objectifs are open to photographers, filmmakers and visual artists based in Singapore. Successful applicants will have access to the Objectifs Artist Studio for a minimum of one month, with the option to extend for a 2nd month depending on availability.
This residency may rounded up with a week-long exhibition where the artist will be able to show their work in the Objectifs gallery space.
Find out more at https://www.objectifs.com.sg/studio-residency-2018/
Image courtesy of NPE Art Residency and Gallery
Since it’s initiation in 2015, NPE Art Residency and Gallery has hand-picked contemporary artists in Singapore, allowing them to collaborate with creatives through fine art digital print and paper works. 2017 saw the addition of there public gallery, allowing artists in the residency to showcase their works to a wider audience.
Find out more at http://www.npe.com.sg/community/npe-art-residency
Image courtesy of Bandwagon
The Substation’s Artist-in-Residence programme is aimed at generating critical thinking through research, communication, and shared experiences. over the course of six months, practitioners and thinkers across various fields will convene, carrying out field work and develop new perspectives based on their individual practice.
The residency involves a Lead Resident and a Resident Group of 3-4 people. The Lead Resident works with The Substation team to develop the blueprint and thematic focus of the residency. A Resident Group, consisting of 3-4 other professionals from both arts and non-arts backgrounds, is then formed via an Open Call and nomination process. Each member of the Resident Group should have an individual project that they wish to pursue or develop during their time in residence.
Find out more at http://www.substation.org/artistresidency
Image courtesy of National Arts Council
A 3-month residency, the Dena Foundation Artist Residency Programme is a collaborative one with the National Arts Council. It takes place at the Centre International d'Accueil et d'Echanges des Récollets Paris offers professional visual artists the opportunity to develop their practices, incubate new ideas for the advancement of contemporary art and encounter creative challenges. Funding is sponsored by the National Arts Council in the form of grants.
Find out more at http://www.denafoundation.fr/
Image courtesy of Art Residency Thailand
Art Residency Thailand welcomes artists from all over the world across all mediums of artistic production, from painters to dancers, writers, and theatre directors. They seek to foster direction, priding themselves on their creative environment that provides resources, mentoring and support across their residencies.
Residencies include the Engagement Residency, Enhancement Residency, and Lotus Residency. They cite themselves as one of Southeast Asia’s most progressive artist residency and development programme.
Find out more at http://artistresidencythailand.com/
Image courtesy of The Studio Residency at The Land
Initiated by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kamin Lertchaiprasert, the land foundation has created a new community-driven residency. Their current site was crowdfunded through Kickstarter in 2015 with a target of €45,000, which eventually reached over €80,000. Located in proximity to the village of Sanpatong, a twenty minutes drive from the center of the provincial capital Chiang Mai.
Image courtesy of Oxlaey
Songkhla Residency & Art Festival was launched in 2018 and Artists of any discipline are invited to apply. The residency began in December 2018, with residencies lasting for a length of between 4 and 8 weeks. Whilst in Songkhla, artists are encouraged to preform or share their art at a local school, discuss their work with the community during a small “Breakfast Talks”, and share or preform during the Songkhla Arts Festival.
Image courtesy of ComPeung
ComPeung was the first independent artist residency to be initiated in Thailand. Over 100 artists from around the world have completed residencies with them, doing so in an unregimented and relaxed atmosphere. Artists in this residency have complete freedom to focus on their work, and have been pushed beyond their comfort zones in a way that is supportive of creating work not imaginable at home. Residencies at ComPeung last anywhere between 1 to 3 months.
Image courtesy of Subhashok the Arts Centre (S.A.C.) Residency Program
A residency that takes place in Chiang Mai, in the North of Thailand, the S.A.C. Residency Program was established for supporting artists and curators. Residency periods last from November till January, during a time where many events take place in Chiang Mai.
S.A.C. Residency Program invites artists to propose original multimedia projects to be realized during a period of residency to propose projects. The proposal should take in consideration the specificities of projects and programs that have been conducted by S.A.C. Residency, the location and surroundings of the residency and all projects should propose collaborative and / or should be open to interaction and participation of local community.
Find out more at https://www.sac.gallery/residency/
Image courtesy of Ne’-Na Residency Art Space
Ne’-Na was founded in 1998 by a group of Thai and Swedish artists led by artist/curator Shukit Panmongkol. Divided into two sites, the buildings are reconstructions of traditional Lanna style architecture. In 2009, Ne-Na established a permanent collaboration with Monfai cultural centre, which became the main venue for the artist residency.
Find out more at http://www.nena-artspace.com/about/
Image courtesy of Tentacles Residency
Located in the heart of Bangkok, Tentacles Residency is open to artists, designers, researchers and creators of all disciplines. This programme is for creators who seek development in new bodies of works, who are interested in conducting research and experimentation, and who want to focus on their practice. Residencies at Tentacles last between 2 to 3 months.
Find out more at http://www.tentaclesgallery.com/residency/
Image courtesy of A. Farm Residency
A. Farm, a Saigon-based residency initiative, looks to support visual artistic experimentations by emergent practitioners with focus on Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Chosen artists will be entitled to specially tailored programs by the two teams, Sàn Art and MoT+++, including and not limited to consultations, in-depth discussions, group critics, visits to local artist spaces, etc… to distill their proposals into concrete deliveries. At the end of their residency, all artists will have the chance to showcase their works in A. Farm premise, plus enjoy further promotion by Sàn Art and MoT+++.
Image courtesy of Villa Saigon
Created by Institut Français in Vietnam, the Villa Saigon’s Artist-in-Residence programme is aimed at promoting exchange & collaboration in arts between France and Vietnam. The residency, lasting 4 - 12 weeks, is only open to artists or collective of French Nationality or who currently resides in France. Institut Français in Vietnam support the artists with accommodation, production expense and living costs during the residency. After the program ends, the artworks will be introduced to the public through various channels.
Find out more at http://ifv.vn/fr/culture/
Image courtesy of New Zero Art Space
New Zero Art Space is a non-profit visual art organisation established in 2008, in Yangon. They invite visual (and performance) artists from Asia, Europe and North America to their Artist-in-Residency Programme, allowing them to support artists from around the world who have a keen interest in Myanmar art and culture.
Find out more at https://www.transartists.org/air/new-zero-art-space
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