Rimbun Dahan provides accommodation, studio space and limited financial support for visual and performing artists, from the Southeast Asian region (consisting of the countries of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and beyond.
Expectations of the artist and support provided depend on the type of residency.
Current active residency programs:
1. Rimbun Dahan offers residencies for artists from all regions, i.e. from outside Asia and Australia. Accommodation and studio space, and some staff support is provided for RM4,000 a month. Minimum stay is for 1 month. For more information on this residency: http://rimbundahan.org/arts/residencies/open-residencies-for-international-artists/
2. Southeast Asian Residency Program at Rimbun Dahan (1 – 3 months) for visual artists, writers, and other creative individuals from Southeast Asia (consisting of the countries of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam). only. Residency provides private accommodation with self-catering facilities and own bathroom. Studio space is based on availability. Artists receive a living allowance of RM1,000 a month. For more information on this residency: http://rimbundahan.org/arts/residencies/southeast-asian-arts-residencies/
3. We endeavour to provide support for international artists working in local Malaysian collaborations, in the form of free accommodation. For more information: http://rimbundahan.org/arts/residencies/accommodation-for-artists-collaborating-with-malaysians/
4. Rimbun Dahan is a host for Asialink residencies for Australian artists only. Asialink is an organisation that provides funding for Australian artists to undertake 3-month residencies in Asia. Applications for Asialink residencies are administered by Asialink. See asialink.unimelb.edu.au
Rimbun Dahan is the home of architect Hijjas Kasturi and his wife Angela. Set on fourteen acres outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the compound of Rimbun Dahan is a centre for developing traditional and contemporary art forms. It features buildings designed by Hijjas Kasturi, as well as two 19th century traditional Malay houses from Perak and Penang, in an indigenous garden environment.
We offer residencies for visual artists, dancers, choreographers, writers, arts managers, curators and researchers as well as educational opportunities for students of architecture, ecology and botany. We provide workspace and accommodation in this serene garden setting, far away from the bustle of the city for artists seeking solitude, silence and/or space to focus on their work as well as the opportunity to meet and network with other artists from around the world. Our focus is on supporting artists from within the Southeast Asian region, especially local Malaysian artists, while still providing space for international artists who are interested in engaging with Southeast Asian and Malaysian culture and art. Established in 1994, the program has hosted more than 100 individuals who have benefited from the unique atmosphere of Rimbun Dahan to build their own artistic practice.
- Independent Association/Foundation
- Months: 1 – 3
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Textile Art
- Private accommodation
- Shared accommodation
- Private studio / workplace
- Space for partners, families, pets
- Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
- Library/research resources
- Production costs
- Forest Conservation
- Open Studios