Rimbun Dahan

Name of Residency: Rimbun Dahan

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

Residency Programme since: 1994
Description of Organisation:

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.

Organisation founded in: 1994
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Malay
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 5
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Room
Shared Apartment
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Curatorial
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Computer
  • Library
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Networking
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • 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): Rm4,000 per month for our Open Residency Program.
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): RM1,000 per month for South-East Asian Artists
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Production costs
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Gardening
    • Forest Conservation
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: KLIA
    Nearest Train Station: Kuang KTM Station, Sungai Buloh MRT Station
    How to reach by plane: Kuala Lumpur is well connected by most major airlines. Other international airlines fly directly to Singapore. AirAsia, Southeast Asia’s most widespread budget airline, has its main hub at KLIA2.
    How to reach by train: Rimbun Dahan is accessible by the either the KTM Komuter network on the Rawang line or the MRT train network via the Sungai Buloh MRT Station. The Sungai Buloh station, where taxis are available, is about 12 minutes away. The Kuang station is about 7 minutes away, but does not usually have taxis.
    How to reach by car: From Kuala Lumpur, take the PLUS Highway from the Jalan Duta Toll Plaza north towards Ipoh. Exit at Rawang South, following signs south to Subang Jaya and Shah Alam, onto the Guthrie Corridor Expressway. Take the Paya Jaras exit (exit 3503), following signs to Kepong and Sungai Buloh, which will take you onto Jalan Kuala Selangor heading back towards Kuala Lumpur. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Jalan Kuang. Rimbun Dahan is 500 meters up the road on the right.
    Street & Number: Km 27 Jalan Kuang
    Postal Code: 48050
    City: Kuang, Selangor
    Country long: Malaysia
    Km 27 Jalan Kuang
    Kuang, Selangor 48050 MYS
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