Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Asia, Africa, Australia, The Middle East

Afrique Profonde

Afrique Profonde, PO Box 4807, Pointe-Noire, Republique du Congo. Tel: 242-570-862. A nonprofit organization working to preserve the traditional culture and human rights of Pygmies in the Republic of Congo and Central Africa. In addition to archival research, Afrique Profonde engages in creative projects and programs including eco-tourism, artist residency, educational cultural exchange programs, and advocacy work on behalf of Pygmy groups. (visual, performing arts)

Al-Ma-mal Foundation

Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, PO Box 14644 New Gate, Old City, Jerusalem 91145, Israel. Tel: (972) 2-6283457. Provides local and visiting artists accomodation and studio facilties, materials and fabrication assistance, living fee, travel expenses. Artists also work with youth through the Workshops Program. and donate work to the permanent collection. Facilities include darkroom and office equipment. (visual and media arts).

Aomori Contemporary Art Centre

Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, 152-6 Goshizawa, Yamazaki, Aomori 030-0134, Japan. Tel: (81) 17-764-5200. Spring and Autumn residencies, typically of 3 months’ length. Artists receive stipend, housing, studio, exhibition, and airfare. (visual arts)

Arcus Project

Arcus Project Artist in Residence Program, 978-6 Kasahara-cho, Miro, Ibaraki 310-8555, Japan. Tel: (029) 301-2735. Residencies for 5 young and mid-career artists at a time for up to 5 months max. Stipend paid, plus housing, studio, exhibition, and airfare. (visual, media arts)

Asian Cultural Council

The Asian Cultural Council, 280 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016. Residencies in Japan for American artists pursuing creative projects; usually from 1 to 6 mos. (performing and visual arts)


BCSC Artist in Residency Program, Bogong Centre for Sound Culture, PO Box 456, Mount Beauty, Victoria 3699, Australia. Tel: 61(0)424-095-554.  Nestled in the foothills of the Alpine National Park  and overlooking the beautiful Lake Guy, Bogong Village was established in the late 1930s to service the first hydroelectric scheme in mainland Australia. More recently it has become a popular site for alpine sports, recreation and ecotourism.  Accommodates 1 to 4 artists at a time for residencies from 2 weeks to 4 weeks. Artists housed in the Workers Cottage or the Annex.  The Workers Cottage is a three bedroom self-contained cottage that has been refurbished with modern kitchen and laundry facilities. Linen and towels are supplied. Each artist will have their own room; common areas are shared.  The Annex, adjacent to the BCSC, is a comfortable, well-lit room with ensuite. Furnishing consists of a double bed, desk and lamps. The laundry and kitchen are located in BCSC. Linen and towels are supplied. The Annex is suitable for a single artist.  Community interaction is desirable but not required of residents.  Modest fee charged.  Supports artists working in the fields of Sound Art, Music Composition, Creative Writing, Media Art, New Media, Photography, Art Research, Curators, Art Administrators, Land Art, Environmental Art. (visual, literary, performing, media arts)

Bundanon Trust

Bundanon Trust, PO Box 3343, North Nowra 2541, New South Wales, Australia. Tel.: 02 4422 2113.  Open to professional artists and groups, from all disciplines. The program supports artists’ new work, research and collaborations. Australian and international artists are hosted in purpose-built studios located at the Bundanon properties on the Shoalhaven River in NSW.  Offers accommodation and studio space for up to five weeks.  Fees charged; some subsidies available.  Artists responsible for travel and food costs.  Up to 90 artists per year are in residence. (visual, performing, media, literary arts)

Caversham Centre for Artists and Writers

Caversham Centre for Artists and Writers, PO Box 87 Balgowan, 3275 Kwazulu – Natal, South Africa Tel: 27-33-2344080. (visual and literary arts)

East Coast Artist in Residence

East Coast Artist in Residence, B-3070, Lorong Galing 32, Jalan Haji Ahmad, 25300 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia. Tel: +6-016-923 6518.  Accommodates 1 to 3 artists at a time for 1 to 12 months.  Located in a small coastal town, surrounded by rain forest.  Artists can opt to exhibit work in Kuala Lumpur or Kuantan, or to conduct public lectures or talks at the end of their stay.  Private bedrooms, private studio space, wifi, shared bath and kitchen, bicycles provided for local transportation.  Monthly fees charged.  (visual, performing, literary arts)

Farm Studio

Farm Studio: Jodhpur, Suraj Bera, near Bhomiyaji than, Soorsagar, Jodhpur-342024, Rajasthan, India. +91-9892672877, 91-9314722004
Farm Studio: Andore, Village-Raniya kheda, Post Andore, Tehsil Sheoganj, Dist Sirohi, Rajasthan, India. +91-9892672877. Email for both:
Focuses on creative exchange between Indian rural artists and international contemporary artists. The urban residency in Jodhpur is on property formerly used by the Maharaja and Maharani of Mawar, with farm buildings, haveli, and swimming pool. The rural residency in Andore is on a farm property in a village famous for Kumhar pottery. Accommodates up to 6 residents at a time for stays of 2 weeks to one month. Artists asked to contribute 8 hours of labor per week to maintain properties. Artists must pay their own travel, food, and insurance; fees charged per month. The studio provides accommodations with studios, kitchen and internet access. (visual, literary, performing, media arts).

Gertrude Contemporary

Gertrude Contemporary, 200 Gertrude St., Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Australia.  Tel: +61-3-9419-3406.  The oldest, continuously-running art centre in Australia sponsors 3 galleries, 16 non-residential studios, an independent press and education programs in a former textile factory.  One residential studio for visiting international artists, curators and writers for residencies of between two-weeks to three-months.  (visual, literary, media arts)

Green Olive Arts

Green Olive Arts, B.P. 10001 Sidi Al Mandri, Tetouan, Tetouan 93000, Morocco.  Tel: (212) 674.35.89.42. Not strictly a colony, as they provide studios but not accommodations, although Green Olive helps match artists with housing options in walking distance.  Founded by two American artists; open to US and international artists. Located in the north of Morocco, on the North-Western tip of Africa, nestled up against the Mediterranean Sea in a valley where two mountain ranges meet. The old city of Tetouan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Residencies of 1 week to 4 months; fees charged by the week.  No meals included.  Studios on second floor are not ADA accessible, and the city is hilly; not recommended for artists with mobility issues.  (visual, literary, performing, and media arts)

Herzeliya Artists Residence

Herzeliya Artists’ Residence, 7 Yodffat St., Herzeliya, Israel. Tel: 972-9-9510601. Residencies for up to 3 visiting artists at a time. (visual, literary, performing arts).

Hope Mission Centre

Hope Mission Centre, International AIR, P.O. Box 50327 – 00200, City Square, Nairobi, Kenya.  Tel.: +254 726 155543.  Residencies for up to 5 artists at a time for one-month periods. Shared open studio space. Artists must commit 4 to 6 hours a week to work with upcoming local artists, under-served youth, or upper primary and high school students.  Artist also gives a culminating public performance, exhibition, artist talk, or seminar.  Fees charged. (visual arts)

Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute

Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Sijiali Sanbao Jingcheng Town, 333001 Jindezhen, Jiangxi Province, China. Tel: 87-798-848-3665. Promotes cultural exchange by providing the opportunity for artists and artisans of the world to travel to China and to create art along side their Chinese counterparts. Equipment available includes electric wheels, stick wheel, extruder, slab roller, anagama kiln, gas kilns, wood-fired salt kiln, raku kiln and a range of clays from porcelain to local stonewares.  Fees charged.  Can also accommodate some printmakers, photographers, and writers.  (visual, literary arts)

Kyoto Art Center

Kyoto Art Center, Muromachi Takoyakushi, 604-8156 Nakagyo-lu, Kyoto, Japan. Tel: 81-75-213-1000. Residencies of up to 3 months for up to 12 artists at a time. Accommodations provided; artist must pay travel and living expenses. (visual, performing arts).

Laughing Waters

Laughing Waters Artist-in-Residence Program, Nillumbik Shire Council, PO Box 476, Greensborough 3088 VIC, Australia. Tel.: 61-3-9433-3126. Located on protected bushland approximately 30 km. east of Melbourne. Residencies of 1 to 4 months from April to November, for artist working in any medium. Live/work space in two buildings (Birrarung, a heritage mudbrick house, or River Bend, with spectacular views of the Yarra River) for 2 to 4 artists at a time. Artists are required to devise and deliver a community project with support from Council Officers. No stipend is available, but a fee will be paid by Council (as budget allows) for artists to deliver these projects. Artists must have their own transport during the residency. Overseas artists supported by reputable art organisations or institutions may apply. Travel arrangements and costs remain the responsibility of the artist. Joint and group applications will be considered. (visual, performing, literary arts)

National Art Studio

National Art Studio, 601-107 Chang-dong, Dobong-gu, Seoul, 132-040 Korea. Tel: 82-2-995-0995. Residencies of 3 months or 6 months. Housing, studio, exhibition space provided. Artists must pay own food, travel, materials, and personal living expenses. Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the National Museum of Contemporary Art. Supports artists from all Asia Pacific regions of the world working in painting, drawing, sculpture, and media art. Also supports some international artists from outside the Asia Pacific through the the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme. (visual and media arts)

New Pacific Studio

New Pacific Studio, Mount Bruce R.D. 1, Masterton, New Zealand. Tel: 64-6-375-8441. (Summer address: 321 Nevada St., Vallejo, CA 94590 707-649-8499). Located next to the National Wildlife Centre in the Lower North Island, a beautiful rural area in the northern Wairarapa. Open to artists and environmentalists from all over the world who are established in their field. 2 artists at a time; fees charged; community outreach opportunities available to resident artists. (visual, literary arts)

Nka Foundation

Nka Foundation, Box Up 1115, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. Tel: +1(405) 819-4784. Offers Community Arts Project Residencies throughout the year in two locations: at the Sang Artws Village in Sang, Mion District, in the Northern Region, and at the Abentenim Arts Village, in Abentenim, Ejisu-Juaben District in the Ashanti Region. Artists must take part in projects that” tap local resources for sustainable human capital defvelopment through a focus on the arts.” Residency lengths vary from a few weeks to several months, depending on the project. Housing is provided; artists must pay for their own transportation. Open to individual artists and teams working in visual arts, theater, music, literary arts, film/new media, arts education, arts therapy, philosophy, cultural history, and those working at the intersection of art and architecture or engineering. (visual, literary, performing, media arts plus scholars, educators, and other professionals).

Paa Ya Paa Arts Centre

Paa Ya Paa Arts Centre, Phillda Ragland NJAU, Ridgeways off Kiambu Road, PO Box 49646, Nairobi, Kenya. Tel.: 254-2-512257. Promotes indigenous arts.  (visual, performing arts)

Palette People International Art Foundation

Palette People International, Greenmeadows Vagamon, Uluppunni, Kottamala PO, Vagamon-685503 India.  Tel.: +919387221915.  Farm house and artists village on 90 acres of high elevation hill country.  Can accommodate up to 6 artists at a time in 3 shared rooms.  Open to “all creative artists, musicians, writers, photographers, theatre and film personalities” for residencies of 10 days to 3 months.  Shared studio space of 1200 sq. ft.  Services of caretaker/cook included.  Daily fees charged.  Extra fees for optional side trips.  Artists invited to exhibit work in gallery in Kochi.  (visual, performing, literary arts)

Platform China

Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, BIAP Artist Residency Program, No. 319-1, East End Art-A, Caochangdi Village, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100015, China. Tel: 86-10-6432-0091 or 86-10-6432-0169. Residencies of 8 to 12 weeks in Beijing for up to 2 artists at a time. Open to visual or performing artists, critics, curators, and researchers of contemporary art. Fees charged for studios; artists responsible for all food, travel, and personal expenses. Studios are designed for one person, with kitchen, bath, studio room, internet, bicycle, and weekly cleaning provided. (visual, performing arts)

Red Gate Gallery

Red Gate Artists Residency Program, PO Box 100600, 9039 Beijing, China. Tel: (8610) 6525-1005. Residencies of 1 to 6 months; fees charged. (visual, literary, performing arts and arts administrators).

Sanskriti Foundation

Sanskriti Pratishthan Foundation, C-6/53 Safdarjung Development Area, New Delhi 110016, India. Tel.: 91-11-6963226. Residencies of 1-12 weeks, vegetarian meals, fees charged. (visual, literary, performing arts, also scholars).

Shanghai Duolun

Shanghai Duolun MoMA Artists Residency Program; No.27 Duolun Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai 200081, China. Tel: (8621) 6587-5996. Residencies of 2 to 6 months for 2 to 3 artists per session, with residency programs taking place twice a year. Room, studio, and small stipend for living expenses provided in the first (and for now only) museum of modern art in mainland China; artists responsible for travel and all other costs. Open to international and Chinese professional artists at all stages of their careers. (visual arts).

Studio Youkobo

Studio Youkobo, Zempukuji 3-2-10, 167-0041 Suginamiku Tokyo, Japan. Tel: 81-3-5930-5009. Residency for 2 artists at a time for up to 6 months. Fees charged for accommodations. (visual arts).

Tasara Centre for Creative Weaving

Tasara Centre for Creative Weaving, Beypore North, 673015 Calicut, India. Tel: 91-495-414-832.  Fees charged.  (visual arts)

Tvak Artist Residency

Tvak Artist Residency, 11 Dilkhush Society, opp Vimal House, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380014.  Tel: + 91 9898164336.  Open to visual artists, curators, writers, and “new disciplines.”  Can support up to 4 artists at a time for residencies of 1 to 3 months.  Located 2 km outside Ahmedabad.  Residents housed in air-conditioned bungalow with private bed and bath and attached terrace and garden.  Shared use of kitchen, common room, small art library.  Artists may also use swimming pool and other facilities in the adjoining resort. Also available: laptop, internet access, easels, basic painting and sculpting tools, potter’s wheel.  Monthly fees charged; some opportunities to earn money through teaching.  Artists must participate in an exhibition or presentation at the end of their stay and donate one piece of work to the collection.  (visual, literary arts)

Union Bank Arts Centre

Union Bank Arts Centre, 22 Fraser Street, 3370 Clunes Victoria, Australia. Tel: 61-3-5345-3755. Residencies from 2 days to 3 months, open year-round, can accommodate artists’ families and groups. Fees charged.  Located in an historic 1865 bank building, dating from the Gold Rush era.  (visual, performing, literary arts)

Varuna Writers House

Varuna Writers’ Centre, 141 Cascade St, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia. Tel.: 61-47-825674. Located in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales.  The Centre hosts readings and workshops; residencies are fee-based and open on a first-come basis.  (literary arts)