Mapping China

DutchCulture mapped Artists in Residence programs in China, among other aspects of the country's cultural field.

Specific initiatives


Asialink's Arts Residency Program provides Australian artists with funded residency in South-East Asia, either with an Asialink host partner or through a self-initiated project. Asialink has partnerships with residencies in 13 Asian countries.

Find more information on funding in Australia and New-Zealand here.

China Residencies

The platform China Residencies is developing partnerships with international funders and/or Chinese residencies to make possible a few funded residencies (Australia Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, Crystal Ruth Bell Residency). Check the news section to keep an eye on future opportunities.

Pro Helvetia in Asia

Pro Helvetia supports and promotes Swiss culture in Switzerland and throughout the world. The foundation has offices in New Delhi and in Shanghai in order to stimulate cultural exchange between Switzerland and the region concerned.  

Mobility Fund by Prince Claus Fund 

The Prince Claus Fund’s Mobility Fund supports the cross-cultural exchange of artists and cultural practitioners by covering travel costs. Individuals living in and traveling from countries listed in the DAC list are considered eligible.


Funding in Asia

Funding in Asia

Key resource

Have a look at the 19 Countries' Mobility Funding guides of the Asia Europe Foundation, together with a guide "Focus on Asia" and a guide for funding opportunities "Open to any nationality". Residency related funding is indicated, and the guide "Open to any nationality" includes a chapter on fully or mostly funded residencies worlwide.

The mobility funding guides were initiated by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) through its online portal, in cooperation with On the Move. Last edition: 2014.

Regional funding

Check the eligibility criteria carefully (can be whole Asia or only part of it)

Arts Network Asia

Arts Network Asia (ANA) is an enabling grant body working across borders in multiple disciplines that encourages and supports regional artistic collaboration as well as develops managerial and administrative skills within Asia. Arts Network Asia is motivated by the philosophy of meaningful collaboration, distinguished by mutual respect, initiated in Asia and carried out together with Asian artists and arts communities. It operates in 11 languages. The ANA is currently reviewing and reformulating its grant programmes for the coming years. However, travel grants for Asian artists and cultural workers traveling within Asia are still being made.

Eligibility: Asian artists and cultural workers traveling within Asia are eligible for travel grants.

Toyota Foundation

The Toyota Foundation has provided grants to research and projects in the cultural field, among other areas. It offers both an international and a research grant program and primarily focuses on Japan and countries and areas in East and Southeast Asia. However, both grant programs of the foundation have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Therefore, there will not be any call for 2020 for the research grant, instead, the foundation will review their grant program and prepare for a new research program that will be open in early April 2021. For the international grant program, the foundation asks its applicants to set a generous schedule within the grant period (1 or 2 years from November 2020).

Eligibility: see website for eligibility per specific program.

Bi- and Multilateral

More than one nationality is eligible, but sometimes only one departure and/or host country.

Asian Cultural Council

The Asian Cultural Council supports transformative cultural exchange by awarding grants to artists, scholars, and arts and humanities professionals, as well as organizations and educational institutions from the United States and Asia for research, study, and creative work in the United States and Asia and within the countries of Asia.

Eligiblity: individuals and institutions that advance cultural exchange between the U.S. and countries in Asia as well as among countries in Asia. 

Australia Indonesia Institute

The Australia Indonesia Institute aims to provide seed funding for innovative programs and initiatives which strengthen people-to-people and institutional links with Indonesia and deepen mutual understanding and cooperation between Australia and Indonesia. The Australia-Indonesia Institute often contributes some funding to Asialink's Residency Program with Indonesia in the fields of the Visual Arts and Crafts, Performing Arts, Arts Management and/or Literature. Although the AII has set application rounds, it may at its discretion consider applications intersessionally on an ad hoc basis during the financial year, subject to available funding.

Eligibility: Australian artists and organizations. Joint applications may be accepted from non-Australian citizen / resident individuals or organisations who are working with Australian partners.

Canon Foundation

Annually, the Canon Foundation in Europe grants up to 15 Fellowships to highly qualified European and Japanese researchers. European Fellows are expected to pursue a period of research in Japan whereas Japanese Fellows are expected to do their research in Europe. Canon Foundation Fellowships are for a minimum period of three months up to maximum of one year. The annual deadline for applications is 15 September.

Eligibility: permanent citizens of Japan or Europe (including Israel, Turkey, Balkan and Baltic countries).

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation's purpose is to support closer links between Britain and Japan. The Small Grants are made to both individuals and institutions in the UK and Japan in all areas of the visual and performing arts.

Eligibility: individual artists must be resident in the UK or Japan.

Per country

Only one nationality is eligible.

India Foundation for the Arts

IFA makes grants to individuals and organizations with the aim of filling important gaps in private and public assistance for culture and the arts in India. IFA's grants support all forms of cultural expression, while accommodating work that falls outside specific domains of art, blurs disciplinary boundaries or anticipates new modes of artistic production and presentation. It offers an Arts Research as well as an Arts Practice programme.

Eligibility: Indian nationals, registered non-profit Indian organisations, or if you have been residing in India for the last five years.

Japan Foundation

With the Arts and Culture Exchange programme, the Japan Foundation supports exchange projects between Japan and other countries with the aim of fostering the general public’s interest in Japan and to promote the understanding of Japan abroad. The programmes are designed to support projects that introduce various aspects of Japanese arts and culture and that contribute to international society through the arts.

Eligibility: all artists from Japan.

KAMS - Korea Arts Management Service

KAMS concentrates on provision of supports and services related to international exchange, and on enhancement of the competitiveness of the Korean performing arts. The PROJECT VIA program is aimed at promoting exchange in the Korean contemporary art community by providing a useful channel for experienced visual art specialists to develop their professional networks.

Eligibility: artists resident in South Korea.


Indonesia has many talented artists who are actively working creatively without sufficient support. In terms on motivating Indonesian artists to continue creating works within advance quality, Kelola introduced the Hibah Seni (Arts Grants) program ini 2001. The Arts Grants consist of two categories: Innovative Work and Touring Performances.

Eligibility: all artists from Indonesia.

National Arts Council Singapore

The National Arts Council Singapore aims to nurture the arts in Singapore, and to make it an integral part of the lives of all Singaporeans. Its aim is to celebrate excellence in the arts and work to make it accessible to all. The NAC offers a variety of grants for both individual artists and non-profit art organizations.

Eligibility: Singapore citizens or permanent residents, or (about to be) registrered Singaporean non-profit art organizations.

Pola Art Foundation

The Pola Art Foundation works to spread the field of the arts so that more people can become familiar with art. Its main activities are the support of young artists, research by museum staff members, and support of activities related to international exchange in the field of art.

Eligibility: all artists from Japan.

SFAC - Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture

SFAC is supporting the creation and spread of culture and the arts, art education and the people of Seoul’s cultural and art activities. The foundation contributes to enabling outstanding artists to create their artworks on a global stage and interact with overseas artists and strengthening capabilities of professional cultural and art planners by operating residency programs.

Singapore International Foundation

The Singapore International Foundation offerts the Singapore Internationale programme, which partners Singaporean artists as well as cultural ambassadors to connect and collaborate with world communities to promote understanding for an inclusive world and to effect positive change.

Eligibility: individual artists who are citizens or permanent residents of Singapore.

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