Space A is a Kathmandu (Nepal) based non-governmental autonomous, non-political, non- profit 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 the 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.
Nepal is the Best Value Destination to travel to. Nepal’s cultural landscape is every bit as diverse as its physical one. The spectacular Himalayas comprise the highest mountains on earth and boast a surreal landscape of snow-covered peaks sure to leave a powerful impression. The Himalayan country of Nepal, situated between India and China, offers some of the best access to these mountain peaks, where landscapes vary from subtropical valleys (complete with banana trees) to alpine forests (home to grazing yaks).
Customs and traditions differ from one part of Nepal to another. A conglomeration lies in the 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 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.
Capital 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 cultures and lifestyles, 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 an opportunity to travel back in time and to relive in history as well as experience natural beauty. This year, there will be a one-month-long residency (30 days) and two-month-long residency (60 days) organized. Each time max. 2 applicants will be selected.
(* If participants are interested, KIAR will arrange 7 days of trekking during the residency program for which the participants will be responsible for all expenses. This year it will take place from the Langtang valley to Kyanjin Gompa trek and Annapurna Base Camp – ABC trek.)
Exhibition, open studio or final presentation.
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.
2 double bedrooms with shared bathroom/toilet and shared kitchen with rooftop.
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.