We welcome artists
from around the world

Painters, Hip-Hop dancers, digital musicians, film-makers, writers, choreographers, theatre directors and more, have benefitted from the creative environment, resources, mentoring and support offered in our residencies.

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Inspiring natural surroundings
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Spacious studios
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Comprehensive resources
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Supportive mentoring
Artist Residency

Programmes

Artist residency programmes offer practitioners from different creative disciplines, the chance to develop your practice through the creation of new work and the delivery of workshops and masterclasses.

Engagement Residency

Aimed at creative practitioners who want to gain experience working with young people and community groups, while still being provided with the necessary resources to develop and produce new work of your own

Space and time to develop and produce new work, plus opportunities and support to develop your skills as a workshop leader.

Applicant criteria

  • Aged 21 and above with a relevant University degree, or demonstrable experience in your chosen creative field
  • A completed application form*, CRB check and ability to travel to and from Chiang Mai (transport within Chiang Mai, accommodation food etc will be provided for the duration of your residency)
  • A submitted digital portfolio of images, excerpts of text, video footage, or otherwise, that gives a comprehensive overview of your work
  • A desire to develop creative skills and produce new work, while working with young people and community groups in an international setting
  • Fluency in spoken English to at least an upper-intermediate level
  • An ability to commit to between a 2 week or 1 month residency

Residency offer

  • 90m2, private studio space with natural daylight and air-conditioning
  • Access to a comprehensive wood workshop and help with sourcing local materials
  • Professional mentoring, support and guidance with workshop structure and delivery, as well as studio practice feedback and discussion forums
  • Private, air-conditioned accommodation with en-suite bathroom, balcony and living room
  • Three meals per day, plus tea and coffee provided to your studio space and apartment
  • Transport to and from Chiang Mai at the start and end of your residency

For additional information please email Alex Soulsby.

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Enhancement Residency

Aimed at creative practitioners with existing workshop experience, who want to explore new ways of working, or engaging within international contexts. Participants are still provided with the necessary resource to develop and produce new work of your own

Aimed at creative practitioners with existing workshop and, or creative education experience, who want to explore new ways of working, or engaging within international contexts. This residency balances workshop delivery, with the necessary time and resources to develop and produce new work of your own.

Applicant criteria

  • Aged 21 or above with a relevant University degree, and or demonstrable experience in your chosen creative field
  • Demonstrable experience of leading workshops, or master-classes in public, or formal education settings
  • A completed application form*, CRB check and ability to travel to and from Chiang Mai (transport within Chiang Mai, accommodation food etc will be provided for the duration of your residency)
  • A submitted digital portfolio of images, excerpts of text, video footage, or otherwise, that gives a comprehensive overview of your work
  • A desire to develop creative skills and produce new work, while working with young people and community groups in an international setting
  • Fluency in spoken English to at least an upper-intermediate level
  • An ability to commit to between a 2 week or 1 month residency

Residency offer

  • 90m2, private studio space with natural daylight and air-conditioning
  • Access to a comprehensive wood and metal workshop and help with sourcing local materials
  • Professional mentoring, support and guidance with workshop structure and delivery, as well as studio practice feedback and discussion forums
  • Private, air-conditioned accommodation with en-suite bathroom, balcony and living room
  • Three meals per day, plus tea and coffee provided to your studio space and apartment
  • Transport to and from Chiang Mai, at the start and end of your residency
  • Opportunities for collaboration with other local artists and community groups

For additional information please email Alex Soulsby.

Apply Now

Lotus Residency

Aimed at leading practitioners with significant and demonstrable critical acclaim in your chosen artistic field. This residency benefits from additional travel grants, marketing and press support, as well as allocated time for the porduction of new work of your own

Open to creative practitioners aged 21 and above who can demonstrate significant, sustained accomplishment and critical acclaim in your chosen artistic field.

Applicant criteria

  • Aged 21 or above with a relevant University degree, significant experience and critical acclaim, in your chosen creative field
  • Demonstrable experience of leading workshops, or master-classes in public, or formal education settings
  • A completed application form*, CRB check and ability to travel to and from Chiang Mai (transport within Chiang Mai, accommodation food etc will be provided for the duration of your residency)
  • A submitted digital portfolio of images, excerpts of text, video footage, or otherwise, that gives a comprehensive overview of your work
  • A portfolio of, or links to press reviews, awards, commendations etc
  • A desire to work with young people and community groups in an international setting
  • Fluency in spoken English to at least an upper-intermediate level
  • An ability to commit to between a 1 week or 1 month residency

Residency offer

  • Return flights from your country of origin and internal transportation to and from Chiang Mai to our residency
  • VIP accommodation in our boutique Residence and Spa
  • Three meals per day
  • Use of 90m2, air-conditioned studio, campus facilities and resources including residency pool, gym and tennis courts
  • Workshop development and support, mentoring and feedback
  • Opportunities for collaboration with local artists and community groups
  • Local national and international press and marketing advocacy for your residency

For additional information please email Alex Soulsby.

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Fully accredited programmes with knowledgeable and experienced staff

Additional Opportunities

Outside of our structured residences, we also provide opportunities to practitioners wishing to deliver workshops or masterclasses in one to five day time periods

If you are a creative practitioner who is passing through Chiang Mai, but is unable to commit the time required for our official residency programmes, we also provide additional opportunities for one off engagements. Workshops and master classes, film-screenings, readings, recitals, performances and otherwise can also be catered to and delivered within our formal, or informal education programmes.

We are happy to offer mentoring and support for one-off activity through our in-house transport and accommodation resources. Please contact us, outlining details of your proposal and we will be happy to talk about ways in which you can engage with us.

For additional information please email Alex Soulsby.

Apply Now

About

Artist Residency Thailand

With no associated fees, highly experienced and passionate staff and a dynamic range of international partners, Artist Residency Thailand is one of Southeast Asia’s most progressive artist residency and development programmes.

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With no associated fees, highly experienced and passionate staff and a dynamic range of international partners, Artist Residency Thailand is one of Southeast Asia’s most progressive artist residency and development programmes.

The programme focuses on three key areas:

  • Providing a supportive, well-resourced and inspiring environment, that encourages productivity, creativity, networking opportunities and reflection.
  • Providing support, guidance and mentoring in the development of workshop leaders and the conception of workshops and master classes.
  • Providing opportunities to develop approaches to creative development with young people and fostering a wider understanding of best practice in international, creative education.

Our Patron

Artist Residency Thailand is honored to have Mom Luang Tridhosyuth Devakul as our patron. Mom Tri has been a life-long supporter of the arts and cultural sector and is an advocate for the important role that creativity plays in young people’s educations.

Our Patron

Artist Residency Thailand is honored to have Mom Luang Tridhosyuth Devakul as our patron. Mom Tri has been a life-long supporter of the arts and cultural sector and is an advocate for the important role that creativity plays in young people’s educations. A graduate from Dartmouth College and Harvard school of design Mom Tri is a critically acclaimed architect and practicing artist, celebrated for his innovation in the use of material and his boundless aesthetic vision.

As well as being our patron here at ARThailand, Mom Tri sponsors the Chao Praya River Club Art exhibitions and co-sponsors the annual Phuket King’s Cup Regatta yachting race.

Creative Director

The founding director of Artist Residency Thailand is Alex Soulsby. Alex is an International Arts and Creative Education Manager and Consultant with over nineteen years’ experience of Education, Creative Projects Management and Artist Mentoring.

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The founding director of Artist Residency Thailand is Alex Soulsby. Alex is an International Arts and Creative Education Manager and Consultant with over nineteen years’ experience of Education, Creative Projects Management and Artist Mentoring.

During his time in the U.K as a Creative Projects and Education manager, he sat on numerous boards, trusts and steering groups that focused on arts and education engagement for young people. Notably, he conceived and was the project lead for the U.K National Campaign, ‘Youth Arts Transforms Lives –FACT, an advocacy and policy campaign led by Artswork, the national youth arts development agency, chaired by Sir Ken Robinson.

Additional educational and engagement projects that he developed and managed were twice nominated for the prestigious British, National Charity Award and his arts engagement work with young people was singled out when Royal & Derngate Theatre and Arts Centre were awarded U.K regional theatre of the year.

Testimonials

What have previous participants had to say?
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Fleur Darkin

Artistic Director, Scottish Dance Theatre

“Inspiring and motivational”

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Nigel Warburton

Philosopher, writer and broadcaster

“I would recommend this residency to anyone”

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Miltos Yerolemou

Actor / Director Star of Game of Thrones

“The Programme is amazing. as are the surroundings. Staffs are supportive and knowledgeable”

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Paula Di Perna

Author, Filmmaker and Environmental Policy-Maker

“The best residency experience I have ever had”

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Gabrielle Tesfaye

Artist and Filmmaker

“Everything about the experience was amazing”

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from Past Residents

Welcoming all creative practitoners from all creative disciplines with no residency fees

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is artist residency Thailand?

With no associated fees, highly experienced and passionate staff and a dynamic range of international partners, Artist Residency Thailand is one of Southeast Asia’s most progressive artist residency and development programmes

With time for both work production and skills development, we are proud to offer wide-ranging facilities and support to participants and pride ourselves in creating bespoke residency experiences for all of our guests

The programme focuses on three key areas:

  • Providing a supportive, well-resourced and inspiring environment, that encourages productivity, creativity, networking opportunities and reflection
  • Providing support, guidance and mentoring in the development of workshop leaders and the conception of workshops and master classes
  • Providing opportunities to develop approaches to creative development with young people and fostering a wider understanding of best practice in international, creative education

What have previous participants had to say?

“The Programme is amazing, as are the surroundings. Staff are supportive and knowledgable and the time is made even better, by the warmth and generosity of the Thai people”  – Miltos Yerolemou. Actor/Director Star of Game of Thrones

“Inspiring and motivational” – Fleur Darkin. Artistic Director, Scottish Dance Theatre

“The best residency experience I have ever had” – Paula Di Perna, author, filmmaker and environmental policy-maker

Which artists and practitioners can apply?

From sculptors, filmmakers and installation artists, to novelists, choreographers and theatre directors. Any Creative Practitioner looking for an environment to produce and develop can apply, so long as they fulfil the criteria outlined in the programmes section on our website *

* A Criminal Background Check will be undertaken for applicants, prior to the start of their residency

How and when can I schedule a residency?

Residencies are scheduled year-round, with the exception of mid-June until mid–August, and during the two weeks from Christmas to New Year. All dates are agreed in advance with the programme’s Creative Director and there is normally a minimum 90-day lead in. Note that space fills-up fast and we often programme 6-9 months in advance, so please keep this in mind when applying, being flexible with dates is also very helpful.

Apply via downloading the application form from our website, www.artistresidencythailand.com

What is the duration and cost of a residency?

Residency duration is negotiable, but is normally between two weeks–one month. All residencies are free of charge.

From 8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday – Friday, 40% of your time will be spent delivering engagement opportunities. The rest of your time, including all evenings and weekends, are free to work or relax.

Note that schedules are programmed in partnership with participants, so as to ensure that your preferences regarding studio access, work and free-time are taken into account

Where do I stay?

You will be provided with either a studio flat, or private villa. All accommodation comes with an ensuite bathroom, refrigerator, writing table, bicycle and swimming pool access.

Where do I work?

In addition to your apartment you will have access to the 90m2 airconditioned residency studio and if needed, evening access to our wood, ceramics and metalwork facilities. In consultation and agreement with the Creative Director, practitioners may also wish to work in other areas of the campus, or make use of facilities such as our Dance Studio.

What day to-day facilities do I have access to?

We will provide you with three, freshly prepared, complimentary meals per day and tea and coffee are provided in the studio space. Residents also benefit from access to a private swimming pool and use of a bicycle.  For a nominal fee, practitioners also have access to tennis courts, golf driving range, spa treatments and Thai cookery lessons.

What is expected of me while in residence?

The focus and priorities of any resident will differ depending on a number of factors. Some practitioners work towards defined production goals, some seek dialogue on the development of ideas, others want to focus entirely on developing their skills as workshop leaders. Generally speaking the residency will be split between time to focus on your own work, and the delivery of workshops and master-classes. This split is approximately 60% free studio time and 40% delivering workshops.  Workshops are only conducted between the hours of 0900 and 1600 Monday-Friday and practitioners have full access to the studio during the evenings until 2200. Two days of the week are free of any engagement. Time is carefully managed to ensure that you can focus on your own work production and the timetable for workshops, or master-classes is always created and agreed upon in partnership with you and the programme director.

What does the workshop component look like?

All workshops are planned with and supported by the programme’s director. You will be given the professional support and mentoring necessary to develop as a workshop leader and have opportunities to work with young people from three years to eighteen years of age, from more than thirty different countries

There are also opportunities to deliver workshops with a range of community groups and local organisations Age ranges and workshop content are always agreed in partnership with each practitioner and you will have full support in all workshops and masterclasses.

Participants are only ever expected to work with skills, materials and age ranges that they feel comfortable with and have been agreed upon

Are there internet and other services?

There is Internet access across the campus and in your apartment/villa and studio. There are various facilities on campus including a coin-operated laundry, café, restaurant and small shop, selling basic amenities

Can I receive mail and packages?

Materials for your work can be sent ahead of your arrival. We recommend that you use DHL or FedEx, as delays may occasionally be experienced if using other other methods.

Are there exhibition opportunities?

We do not have a dedicated exhibition space on-campus, but we do have relationships with city-based galleries and can make those introductions on your behalf.

Do I need a car?

It is very helpful to have a car or a motorbike during your stay, but it is not essential. We will provide you with a pushbike for the duration of your stay, this is the transport of choice for the campus and the surrounding villages. It is about thirty-minutes’ drive to Chiang Mai city and the organisation provides a complimentary van service to the city three times per week. There is no regular public transport from the residency to the city, but private hire transport options are available, including services such as Uber.

An International Driving Licence is highly recommended, but not essential.

Can I bring family, friends, pets?

Guests who are not part of the residency can be discussed on a case by-case basis.Non-residency guests will incur additional costs for independent airport transfers and any required meals. Pets are not allowed.

Contact Us

We are currently accepting applications
for August 2019 - June 2020.

If you have other questions, or require additonal information
Please email Alex Soulsby

Note: due to the number of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted.

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Alex Soulsby

Creative Director

Please ensure that you have read all of the requirements listed before applying for any of our programmes. Refer to the website for information about each residency programme and feel free to contact us via the contact page, if you have additional questions about your application.

Candidate selection is conducted via panel. Only successful applicants will be contacted and currently we do not offer feedback for unsuccessful applications.

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