Open Call: Yearlong Residency for Malaysian Visual Artists 2018

Rimbun Dahan is now accepting applications for a year-long residency from January to December 2018 for visual artists from Malaysia. We have hosted year-long residencies for more than 20 years, and have seen Malaysian artists use their time with us to further their practice and become illustrious names in the local art scene. Our most recent yearlong resident artists are Zulkifli Lee (2017) and Azliza Ayob (2016). Please continue reading for more information on eligibility and how to apply.

Poster for yearlong visual arts residency 2018

We’re looking for artists interested in expanding their art practice, exploring new ideas/themes in their work, producing a new body of work, establishing themselves even further in the field of art, or all of the above. We’re looking for engaged and motivated artists who are looking to commit themselves to investing the time and resources provided by this residency into pushing themselves somewhere they couldn’t otherwise go. The year-long residency will culminate in an exhibition held at Rimbun Dahan’s underground gallery in November/December 2018.

All applications are due by Friday, September 15 2017

Eligibility criteria

  • Artists must be from and based in Malaysia
  • It is preferred for applicants to have education in art from a certified institution and some exhibition experience
  • Former Rimbun Dahan resident artists are not eligible to apply
  • Applications from former Hotel Penaga resident artists will be reviewed on a case by case basis

Expectations of the residency

  • The resident artist must stay and work on-site full time in the accommodation and workspace provided and engage with the other resident artists
  • The resident artist must make themselves available (to the best of their ability) for student groups visits, general visitors, and other outreach events (artist talks, showcases, etc) organized by Rimbun Dahan throughout the year
  • The resident artist must produce work for the exhibition and work together with Rimbun Dahan’s administrative and groundskeeping staff in putting together the show
  • The resident artist must leave behind 1-2 works at the end of their residency for the Rimbun Dahan permanent collection

What’s provided by the residency

  • Private accommodation with access to a kitchen and private bathroom
  • A private studio
  • Monthly living and materials allowance of RM1000
  • Access to washing machine, exercise equipment, and our library and artist lounge (WiFi equipped)
  • Weekly grocery shopping trips
  • Administrative support

How to apply

Please submit an application containing:

  • Biodata/CV
  • A selection of images/samples of recent work (Please provide a curated selection and context for the works where applicable/necessary)
  • A residency proposal (maximum 3 pages) telling us:
    • Who you are as an artist
    • How a year-long residency at Rimbun Dahan will benefit your art practice
    • Why we should consider you as a resident artist

Please send in COMPLETE applications only. All applications are due by Friday, September 15 2017

Send electronic applications via email to Ms Syar S. Alia, Arts Manager at

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.