Artist in Residence Program

Marpha Foundation’s Artist in Residence program creates a context for artists to pursue their practice in an environment dedicated to aesthetics, ethics, collaboration, and education activism.

While Marpha’s student population has been learning through the arts since 2013 they have few opportunities to interact directly with artwork made by others. In an effort to expand the presence of the arts in Marpha, the AIR programme’s mission is to host a range of exhibitions and performances, as well as build a collection of art objects and handmade books that our students can visit time and again. Resident artists become a crucial part of our community by contributing directly towards this goal.

Who?  Where?  When?  What?

Marpha Foundation accepts applications from artists in all fields including, but not limited to, the visual arts, theater, dance, music, and creative writing.

The residency is located in Marpha, a village in the Thak Khola valley, situated at 2,670 m between the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Residents are lodged at local guest houses and take all meals at Marpha Foundation’s Rosehips Center where artists are also given a studio space and access to the Foundation’s library.

Residencies are held between March-June and September-November every year. We close for July and August due to Monsoon weather. To accommodate schedules from across the world we have rolling admissions and therefore no application deadline. However, we do ask that all applications are submitted at least 9 weeks prior to your preferred start date.

We offer both short-term and long-term residencies, please read below for details on each. It is important to keep in mind that a Marpha Foundation residency is project driven and must include a workshop, produce a limited edition artist book, and/or culminate in a performance or exhibition. Foundation staff is available for logistical help with research and production. Sign up for our residency mailing list here.

We are currently accepting applications for 2019 residencies.


Residency Details

Duration: 4-8 weeks

Available months: March – June, September – November

Closed months: July and August, December – February

The long-term nature of this program offers artists time to develop new work while immersed in the cultures and landscape of the Thak Khola valley. Residents are invited to share their work with the community through an exhibition/performance, student workshop, or the production of of an art object or a small limited edition artist book for the Foundation’s library.

Registration fee: 75 USD

Weekly fee: 190 USD (all fees directly support salaries for local women in our Foundation Kindergarten)

Marpha Foundation provides: food, lodging, shared workspace, logistical assistance for projects, official letter of invitation.

How to apply

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Please apply at least six weeks before your desired start date.

To apply please email the following materials as a combined pdf* to info(at)marphafoundation(dot)org

  • Facts: name, age, gender, nationality, current address, Skype/WhatsApp ID, residency type, preferred dates of participation, how did you hear about the residency
  • CV
  • Project proposal (the proposal should address your expectations for the residency and how you anticipate spending your time in Marpha)
  • Work samples (up to 15 images*, up to 5 hyperlinks to video / audio, or up to 10 pages of writing samples) *For applications with image samples please include a list detailing the title, date, medium, and dimensions of individual works.

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