English, French, Parisian, Bengali, Hindi, Nepali
1 month
Paid by host 

Accommodation with share kitchen, presentation, city tour, artists' studio visits, workshop for local people/artists, exhibition (limited cost), open studio (limited cost) and internet.

Paid by artist 

Residency fee (USD 500.00), travel,supplies, material, food, volunteer fee if needed, health insurance, visa fee.

Application guidelines 

Send an email to apply to [email protected]. The file must contain:

  • Artist statement
  • Recent work (url link/jpeg/jpg images)
  • CV / Biography
  • Application Form
  • Project plan – about 200 words
  • Copy of valid passport

Space A

Space A

Kathmandu International Artist in Residency


Space A is Kathmandu (Nepal) based non-governmental autonomous, non-political, no- profitable and an artist Initiative with the goal of establishing a stable platform for critical analysis, reflections, open discussions, information exchange, collaboration and interactive communication. It aims at contributing to interdisciplinary contemporary art practices by setting up researches, discursive events, exhibitions, educational, and residency programs.

Kathmandu international artist-in-residence program (KIAR) is an initiative of Space A, a significant hub in the field of contemporary art both locally and internationally. The goal of KIAR is to create an intellectual space where the residents will get the chance to penetrate the local cultural and socio-political contexts, as well as to combine their artistic practices (research, production, etc.) with meetings, lectures, and other discursive events with local and international artists, cultural experts, critics, and curators.
Kathmandu is surrounded by a valley full of historic sites, ancient temples, shrines, and fascinating villages. Kathmandu is an incredibly diverse historic city with breathtaking Newari architecture, centuries old Hindu and Buddhist religious sites. Stepping into Kathmandu is like stepping into another world that everybody should experience at least once in their lifetime. Kathmandu is a result of diverse culture and lifestyle, a long history of faith and beliefs, and of arts and architecture. Therefore, more than just a city, Kathmandu is a living museum.
KIAR is a month long residency. There will be three residency programs this year. Each period max. 3 applicants will be selected. If participants are interested, KIAR also offers 7 days trekking during the residency program as optional. For trekking they are collaborating with Guthi, an artist collective. Guthi will facilitate trekking with professional trekking guide who is also a visual artist. For this year they have selected Langtang valley to Kyanjin Gompa trek and Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek.


Exhibition, open ttudio or final presentation.

Accommodation Information 

2 double bedrooms and one single bedroom with share bathroom/toilet and shared kitchen with rooftop.

Studio Information 

They have one studio (14ft * 15 ft approx.), which is build with folk cultural / architectural motive. There is also some equipment like welding machine, grander, drilling machine, wood cutting tools, compressor for spraying color etc. Besides that, there is an open space on the rooftop which residents can use.

Technical Information 

They are collaborating with some other artists, so residents can get opportunities to work in other studio like ceramic, printmaking, gewellery, metal casting, traditional mask making, traditional wood carving, traditional metal work.


The residency is based in the centre of capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. Customs and traditions differ from one part of Nepal to another. A conglomeration lies in capital city Kathmandu where cultures are blending to form a national identity. Kathmandu Valley has served as the country’s cultural metropolis since the unification of Nepal in the 18th Century. A prominent factor in a Nepali’s everyday life is religion. Adding color to the lives of Nepalese are festivals the year round which they celebrate with much pomp and joy. Food plays an important role in the celebration of these festivals.

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1981 Tanka Prashad Ghumti Sadak
Kathmandu 44600

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