Residencies at Hotel Penaga


We are not currently accepting new applications. Announcements for open calls will be posted on our website, our Facebook page, and our newsletter.

Hotel Penaga is a luxury boutique hotel in George Town, Penang which opened in January 2011. It is intended to support ongoing activities at Rimbun Dahan, and also to develop its own arts residency program. For more information, see the Hotel Penaga website. The duration of the residency is between 1 and 3 months, depending on the strength of the proposal.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Visual artists
  • Artists who have previously been residents at Rimbun Dahan are eligible to apply

We invite writers, artists working in non-visual mediums, and artists from non-ASEAN countries to look into residencies at Rimbun Dahan, as they will not be accepted into the program at Hotel Penaga.

The residency will provide:

  • A studio space at Hotel Penaga
  • Living and materials allowance of RM 1,000 per month

The residency does not provide:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Funds for airfare and travel
  • Funds for any costs related to acquiring and maintaining a valid visa during the residency

The artist is expected to:

  • Actively produce work
  • Host open studio visits to interact with hotel guests and develop a broader appreciation of the artist’s practice
  • Contribute at least one work created during the course of the residency to the permanent collection of Hotel Penaga

Application Process

Please submit an application containing:

  • Biodata.
  • A selection of images/samples of recent work.
  • A short statement of why a stay at Hotel Penaga would benefit your art practice.
  • Dates for which you are seeking accommodation.

Selection depends on the strength of the application.

Send electronic applications to:

Ms Syar S. Alia, Arts Manager

Send hard copy applications to:

Ms Syar S. Alia, Arts Manager
Rimbun Dahan
c/ Hijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn.,
23rd floor Menara Promet,
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur

Hard copy application material will be returned after selections are made.