East Coast Artist-in-Residence


ECAiR welcomes artists to a sub-urban yet multifaceted tranquil environment. KUANTAN, is a developing small town located in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, in the largest Pahang state of the Peninsular Island, offering a true local Malaysian experience surrounded by rainforest and refreshing crystal clear island beaches. Unlike the capital city Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan offers a peaceful getaway from hectic lifestyle where culture will be a big part of your experience, you can cycle around the town, visit the famous flora and fauna just miles away, tasting the very affordable traditional cuisines and most importantly, getting inspirations on your own sweet time, as well as new ideas for your upcoming artworks.

Getting away from the hustle and bustle of the commercial and advanced art society, ECAiR offers a unique experience to provoke new ideas in an unusual sub-urban ambiance, where contemporary art is still very new. Participating in ECAiR allows you to experience the multicultural, multiracial, multi-religion and multilingual Malaysia has to offer, in addition to a calm, serene and soothing atmosphere of a small local fishing town.

ECAiR welcomes local and international applicants.

Residency Programme since: 2011
Description of Organisation: ECAiR provides an environment with very little contemporary art distractions. A very unique atmosphere for artists, writers and performers to be in an entirely new environment with unlimited space of freedom physically, mentally and aesthetically. At the end of ECAiR program, participants will have the options to exhibit their artworks in Kuantan or Kuala Lumpur, to conduct public lectures or talks at local institutions, OR none of the above but to write about their ECAiR residency experience. ECAiR aims to bring ART to the next level.

*all subject to availability*

ECAiR Provides

Curatorial supports to identify and secure materials, marketing and publicity on local press, documentation of residency, opening reception at the end of the residency.

(cost of production to be bear by artist him/herself).

Organisation founded in: 2010
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Mandarin
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 3
Number of artists in residence at one time: 3
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Apartment
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): Unfortunately, ECAiR does not provide grant at this stage but we do partially supported by local museum to organize/host exhibition for artists in residence depending on the availability.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Food
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By curator
    Setting: N/A
    Nearest Airport: Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport
    How to reach by plane: Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport is the only airport in Kuantan. (KUA)Kuantan is 45mins flight away from KL.
    Street & Number: B3070, Lorong Galing 32, Jalan Haji Ahmad
    Postal Code: 25300
    City: Kuantan
    Country long: Malaysia
    B3070, Lorong Galing 32, Jalan Haji Ahmad
    Kuantan 25300 Malaysia
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