Marpha Foundation Artist in Residence
FAQ

Is there an application fee?
There is no fee to apply.

Are the studios private?
Yes

How many artists are in residence at a time?
We have two studios and therefore we generally have two individual artists or collaborative teams at a time.

Where do resident artists generally come from?
Resident artists come from all over the world. Past artists have come from Australia, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Pakistan, Poland, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United Stated.

Do you provide partial funding or scholarships?
No. We do provide an official letter of invitation and many past residents have received funds from outside grantmakers.

What do Residency fees go towards?
All fees are used to pay salaries for the local women who staff the Rosehips Center for Creative Learning year round, and thereby also supports our full day kindergarten. The Rosehips Kindergarten desegregates local learning by provides inclusive, fun, and developmentally appropriate early learning for up to thirty children across different castes.

Can I have someone stay with me during the residency period?
No. During the residency period it is prohibited for friends, family, or pets to stay with Resident Artists. If you plan on having visitors please schedule their visit before or after your residency period.

Are absences allowed during the residency period?
Resident artists are permitted to spend up to three days and two nights outside of Marpha during the residency period for hiking locally.

Can I buy art materials in or around Marpha?
No. Artists need to bring all necessary materials with them. It is possible to buy art supplies in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Is there internet connection?
Yes, when there is power. Still, we encourage artists to unplug as much as possible, to be present and spend more time face to face with other humans and in nature.

Is there cell service?
Yes. We get NCELL and NTC service in Marpha, but occasionally the signal will go down for anywhere from one to seven days without notice.

What are accommodations like?
Lodging is very basic in Marpha. All resident artists stay at local guest houses in rooms without an attached bathroom. Guest Houses close the main door around 9:30 or 10pm.

What are meals like?
Our meals are vegetarian and seasonal. Given how remote we are, seasonal can entail a lack of variety during certain times of year. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are all provided at the Rosehips Center and prepared by our staff cook Sunday-Friday, except on school holidays. On Saturdays and school holidays Fellows and Resident Artists are responsible for cooking and cleaning together.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
We can largely accommodate dairy or gluten free diets.

Who makes up the Marpha Foundation community?
Our working community includes the following roles:

Resident Artists: We welcome Resident Artists across all stages of professional development. Residencies are self-directed and studio focused. Resident artists are expected to spend at least 5 hours a day in the studio. Artists come to Marpha to pursue their practice in a rural environment dedicated to aesthetics, ethics, collaboration, and education activism.

Fellows: There are four 10-week Fellowship sessions throughout our programing year, and there are up to four Fellows in residence at a given time. Fellows volunteer their time and skills as creative contributors by teaching and lesson planning, tending our garden, and by working on digital documentation and media communications.

Teaching Staff: Full-time teachers are salaried positions for locals and are predominantly held by women.

Home Staff: Our Home Staff includes our Rosehips Center Cook and Buildings Manager.

 Program Directors:

  • Onsite Support: Nanu Gurung’s primary role is as Principal of the Rosehips Kindergarten and as Pedagogical Visionary for the Foundation. Nanu is also the local coordinator for the Fellowship and Residency. She will be your onsite contact once you reach Nepal.
  • Offsite Support: Jessica Kain is the Founding Director of Marpha Foundation. Jessica oversees the review of all Fellowship and Residency applications and provides offsite support for Residents before their tenure in Marpha.
  • NGO Committee: Marpha Foundation is overseen by a local committee of seven individuals and an advisory board of three. All positions are held by Marpha villagers.