Olepangi Farm, Timau, Kenya

Name of Residency: Olepangi

Olepangi Farm Artist-in-Residence Program

Olepangi Farm is set on 120 acres, with more than two acres under organic cultivation for farm-to-table eating, 18 horses for riding out into the local community or on the neighbouring conservancy and quiet paths for walking and introspection. This is a special part of the world; perfect for connection and creativity.

Accommodation for artists and partners is in semi-permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms and solar hot-water heated showers. The farm is completely off-grid but there is reliable power and internet connectivity in the communal spaces.

The farm is near to some of the more outstanding attractions in Kenya, including Samburu National Reserve, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Lolldaigas, climbs up Mt Kenya, Ngare Ndare Forest plus much more. Elephant, giraffe, zebra and other plains game are regularly sited from the farm across the valley.

About our Residency Program:

Our residency program is ideal for those seeking the time and mental space to investigate new ideas and deepen existing artistic inquiries. Our aperture on the definition of art is wide. We are open to thinkers and creatives and will consider anyone with deep interest and already well-developed skill in visual arts, writing, culinary arts, composers, musicians, scholars, filmmakers, architects and more.

Our residency programs are a minimum of six weeks to three months in duration (longer by mutual agreement.) We expect artists to have at least one meal a day with guests talking about their art, engage in at least one community activity/project to be defined and agreed at the beginning of the residency, to leave some sort of legacy and to blog and engage in social media about their experience. The community project might include a series of talks or engagement in art with one of the local schools we support or short apprenticeships with local people in the area. The options are endless.

All daily meals are cooked and served in our beautiful, small lodge by our amazing kitchen team. The food is stunning; fresh, organic and healthy. With this mind, we ask that artists engage with guests during at least one meal a day by sharing aspects of their work and contributing to stimulating conversation. This is typically not an issue as the lodge tends to attract some of the most interesting people from all over the world.

All other times are completely free.

Your private tent will be cleaned at least once a week. Linens are provided. Laundry is done weekly

Duration of residencies

Min 6 weeks to 3 months

Number of artists resident at one time

No more than 2

Adult companions are welcome with additional food subsidy at USD 350 per week

Grants available

We are happy to assist artists seeking grants or other forms of funding in their home country/institution, by providing letters of recommendation when the candidature is accepted.

Expenses paid by artist

Activities off the farm
$250 weekly food subsidy for the artist

Expectations of the artist

Community and legacy projects to be agreed
Interaction with farm guests


By email to welcome@olepangifarm.com

Selection procedure

By owners and directors of Olepangi Farm

Available resources

One reasonably large tented studio to be shared
Artists perch overlooking the valley with table and chair

Residency Programme since: 2018
Description of Organisation: About the Farm:

Olepangi Farm is a soulful place, nestled in the foothills of Mt Kenya, 1 degree north of the equator in Kenya, East Africa. Bordering millions of acres of wildlife conservancies, Olepangi Farm is a haven for quiet contemplation and creativity. The Farm is also the site for an award-winning small lodge for those seeking shorter-term visits and cottages/ semi-permanent tents for longer-term stays, all creating a dynamic and intellectually stimulating community of people both from Kenya and all over the world.

Organisation founded in: 2014
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Hotel or Guest house
Working Languages:
  • English
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
  • Months: 3
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 2
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
  • Education Programmes
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Welding tools
  • Woodworking tools
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Application process: Open call
    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): USD 250 per week per person, USD 350 per person for a spouse or partner
    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
    • Housing
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    • Workshop
    • Teaching
    • Donation of artwork
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Presentation
    • Gardening
    • Forest Conservation
    Selection process: By curator
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Nairobi
    How to reach by plane: Fly in to Nairobi international airport and then we can arrange for a car driver to collect you to bring you to farm. Costs approx $150 one way and is 4.5 hours.
    Street & Number: PO Box 29
    Postal Code: 10406
    City: Timau
    Country long: Kenya
    PO Box 29
    Timau 10406 Kenya
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