Ne-Na Contemporary Art Space international residency program offers artists an opportunity to execute site specific projects which engage with and utilize the local culture of Northern Thailand. The residency offers the artist the opportunity to develop their practice by implementing contemporary concepts and approaches in a new and culturally specific context.
Ne-Na Contemporary Art Space is a non-proft artist-in-residence program that was founded in Chiang Mai Thailand in 1998 by a group of Swedish and Thai artists led by artist/curator Shukit Panmongkol. The program aims at the inter-cultural exchange of individual experiences, professional development, international cooperation, and to professionally support contemporary artists in establishing and developing their work.
We are the platform for international artists to negotiate the traditional and popular art and culture of Thailand through their work. The program gives artists the opportunity to develop and expand their work and engage in intercultural exchange amidst a supportive network of local and international artists. Ne-Na invites and welcomes artists to learn about the traditional northern Thai (Lanna) culture, and to explore possibilities in sustainable, self-sufficient living.
The program is divided between two sites: Monfai Cultural Centre at the inner suburb of Chiang Mai city, and the annex site, just outside the city in Mae Rim. The buildings of both sites are reconstructions of traditional Lanna style architecture.
Monfai Cultural Centre Monfai is an open-air living museum which preserves the traditions and culture of the Lanna people. Monfai Cultural Centre is a popular venue for traditional wedding ceremony, the joyful people in traditional costumes with food, music and dance. The authenticity and beauty of the Monfai building has attracted many film-makers and television productions, making it a popular film location. At Monfai, artists can engage with the traditional culture of Northern Thailand as well as the network of artists, performers, artisans and craftspeople in Chiang Mai who are involved in the activities of the cultural center. The Monfai accommodation contains an open plan, messy studio with artificial light that is particularly good for light 3 dimensional projects. There is a shared kitchen with full cooking facilities, five private ensuit bedrooms, internet, furniture and a washing machine.
The Annex site is located on the hillside area in Mae Rim, an agricultural area just a half-hour drive from downtown Chiang Mai city and close to the village of Mae Ram which has many tourist attractions, shops and cafe, this can be easily reached by bike or the onsite motorbike. The spacious, open plan building contains many potential studios, expansive gardens and lawns, and a huge natural and artificially lit outdoor covered workshop perfect for large constructions and performances. A large elegant natural and artificially lit gallery is available for exhibitions and screenings, and when available it can be used as studio space.
Ne-Na welcome residence artists to attend the learning of traditional activities, such as making flower garlands, cooking, dancing, working with bamboo, among many other things for free!!!. Ne-Na provides space to work and the team will take you around the sites as well as provide you with the necessary information. Assistance in purchasing art supplies and what ever materials or anything that you may require for your art practice.
Ne-Na is well connected in the Chiang Mai art scene and Chiang Mai university. Ne-Na will provide you with the exhibition space to showcase your work.
- Months: 1 – 3
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Textile Art
- Private studio / workplace
- Shared studio / workplace
- Woodworking tools
- Small hand and power tools available
- Musical Instruments
- Access to salvaged and natural materials
- Exhibition space
- Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
- Library/research resources
- Woodworking tools
- Promotional services
- Donation of artwork