FAQs for Resident Artists

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What kind of accommodation is available?

Rimbun Dahan has a number of different styles of on-site accommodation which is provided to artists according to their specific needs and availability. All accommodation for artists at Rimbun Dahan includes access to a fully-equipped private or shared kitchen. Most bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. And all accommodation is fan-cooled, not air-conditioned. For more information, see Accommodation for Artists.

Can resident artists’ have guests stay overnight?

Yes. We have single mattress cots and linen for short overnight stays, and most of our apartments, rooms, and houses can accommodate at least one extra person. Please do let Syar, our Arts Manager, know about any expected guests at least several days in advance so arrangements can be made with the staff.

Do you provide art materials for resident artists?

No. Artists are responsible for sourcing and bringing their own materials to Rimbun Dahan for the purposes of their work. We have a list of art supply and stationery stores in KL and surrounding areas, along with other service providers such as framers, and we can provide this list for resident artists.

Will there be other artists when I am in residence?

Rimbun Dahan can host up to 6 resident artists at a time, and in certain months we can have up to 20 artists staying here for a short workshop or training (usually for anywhere between 4 – 10 days). Usually we will have an average of 3 to 4 artists at the same time, although there are periods where there is only a single artist in residence. For more information on the artists in residence, click here or email our arts manager Syar at syar@rimbundahan.org to ask.

What do I do about food and cooking?

All accommodation for artists at Rimbun Dahan includes access to a fully-equipped private or shared kitchen. For those who do not wish to cook, there is a good choice of Malay food in the immediate neighborhood that is cheap and good (eg.  lunch of rice with chicken or fish, a wide choice of vegetables and a drink can be had at Warung Selera Ria across the road for RM5 – 10).

Rimbun Dahan staff provide transport once a week for resident artists to a nearby supermarket to provision for food. Simple local provisions can be bought from mini markets at the roadside near Rimbun Dahan.

What transportation is available?

Rimbun Dahan is about a 45 minute drive from Kuala Lumpur and an hour away from the airports. We are located between two KTM train stations — Kuang (10 minutes’ drive away) and Sungai Buloh (12 minutes’ drive away). The train journey from the stations to Kuala Lumpur Sentral station is approximately 30 minutes, not including waiting time. You can get a taxi to the stations or arrange to be dropped off by one of the staff, depending on availability.

Taxis are available from Sungai Buloh station to Rimbun Dahan for approximately RM10. Please note that taxis are not usually available from Kuang station. Taxis from the city usually cost around RM50-60. A cheaper option might be getting a taxi using the Grab or Uber app, if you have a smartphone.

What if I have questions or problems?

Syar is on-site three days a week (her work days are posted and updated on the doors of the office, and updated via email), and groundskeeping, maintenance and cleaning staff are on-site and working 6 days a week. All resident artists are also provided with a residency guide (emailed before arrival, as well as provided in printed form in all accommodation) that provides details about operations within the Rimbun Dahan compound and basic information about our surrounding area in Kuang.

If you need information or connections with the arts community in Kuala Lumpur, please consult Syar and/or Angela Hijjas.