Southeast Asian Arts Residency

Applications are now closed for 2017. Announcements for open calls will be posted on our website, our Facebook page, and our newsletter.

The Southeast Asian Arts Residencies at Rimbun Dahan are for artists and arts managers in any discipline from and based in ASEAN nations only (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam). The residencies are intended to provide an opportunity to live and work in Malaysia, and can run for anywhere from 1 to 3 months. We provide workspace and accommodation in a serene garden setting, far away from the bustle of the city. This residency is recommended for artists seeking solitude, silence and/or space to focus on their work.

Artists from other countries are not eligible for this residency, and should refer to Open Residencies for International Artists. Australian artists should refer to the Asialink Residency or Open Residencies.

A note for visual artists: The residency may not involve a dedicated exhibition. There will be occasional shows at the Rimbun Dahan Gallery timed to benefit as many residents as possible to show their work during their stay. Visual artists are expected to leave a work that has been made at Rimbun Dahan for the permanent collection.

What is provided:

  • Accommodation and studios/workspaces are provided for all residents, including utilities
  • Administrative support on-site

What is not provided:

  • This residency does not provide funding for materials
  • This residency does not provide stipends for travel; airfares to and from Malaysia and other transport costs are the responsibility of the artist
  • Procuring and maintaining travel visas and paying the accompanying fees are also the responsibility of the artist

Please see here for FAQs for Resident Artists.

To see a list of past resident artists from this program, please click here.

Application Process

Please submit an application containing:

  • Biodata/CV
  • A selection of images/samples of recent work
  • A short statement of why a stay at Rimbun Dahan would benefit your art practice
  • Dates for which you are seeking accommodation and the proposed duration of your residency. Please provide multiple options, if possible

Please send in COMPLETE applications only. 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.