Seven Gardens Residency is a new residency in Kerman, Iran, established in Spring 2018. It was named after the Haft Bagh (Seven Gardens) Highway between Kerman and Mahan, where it is located. Haft Bagh is lined with large-scale sculptures, so that even the drive to the residency is an artistic experience. The villa has a courtyard with high walls, where you can enjoy the sunshine in privacy. There is a garden with fruit trees, vegetables, flowers and herbs, and everything is available for you to harvest. For large groups we also have Hotel Mahmoud, a hotel just a ten minute drive down the road, closer to the town of Mahan.
The focus of this residency is Iranian handicraft, food and culture. During your stay at Seven Gardens you will meet local Iranian families, artists and artisans. Iranian people are famously hospitable, and you are sure to feel comfortable and welcome here. A big goal of this residency is to make connections between Iranian and international artists, as the Iranian art world can feel very isolated. Hopefully residents will make connections with locals that last past their time in Iran.
A combination of cooking classes, language lessons, craft workshops, artist talks and day and overnight trips make for a jam-packed, immersive cultural experience. Take advantage of this opportunity to discover the real Iran.
Shared or private rooms in a villa or nearby hotel
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Multi-disciplinary. Because of the short duration of the residency it is best to bring work that is portable, such as writing or sketching materials.
Studio / Workspace
Shared studio spaces and private work tables
Fees and support
$1400-$1650 dependant on room choice. All food, workshops, materials and local travel are covered within this fee. Residents need to provide their own travel to Kerman, where pickup at the airport or train or bus stations will be arranged.
Expectations towards the artist
There will be an opportunity to show artwork in a Kerman City gallery dependant on the donation of artwork, but it is not mandatory.