Ne-Na Contemporary Art Space


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.

Residency Programme since: 1998
Description of Organisation:

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.

Organisation founded in: 1998
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Swedish
  • Thai
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: between 5 and 10
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
  • Curatorial
  • Photography
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Cleaning
  • Bicycle
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Musical-instruments
  • Woodworking tools
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Networking to local craftmenship for commisioning production of artwork for artists and possiblity to learn certain specific craft technique from them.
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): THB. 30000 per person/month. THB. 50000 per couple/month. THB. 60000 per family with max 2 children age not older than 12 year old / month.
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    • Other
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Other
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Donation of artwork
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Traditional Lanna Cultural events; wedding ceremony with food, music and dance.
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Both
    Nearest Airport: Chiang Mai International Airport
    Nearest Train Station: Chiang Mai Railways station
    How to reach by plane: From Chiang Mai International Airport to our City main center at Monfai Lanna Cultural Center – 20 minutes. To our annex site on the hillside area in Mae Rim – 40 minutes.
    How to reach by train: Destination Chiang Mai Railways Station.
    How to reach by car: From Chiang Mai Railways station and bus terminal to our City main center at Monfai Lanna Cultural Center – 15 minutes. To our annex site on the hillside area in Mae Rim – 30 minutes.
    Street & Number: 6 Sukasem Rd. Soi 9. T.Patan, A.Muang, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand.
    Postal Code: 50300
    City: Chiang Mai
    Country long: Thailand
    6 Sukasem Rd. Soi 9. T.Patan, A.Muang, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand.
    Chiang Mai 50300 THA
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