Artist-in-Residency Program guidelines

The Australia-Thailand Institute (ATI) artist-in-residency program supports innovative programs that promote cultural awareness with the aim of creating enduring ties between people and organisations in Thailand and Australia.

Who can apply?

The annual residency in visual arts, writing and performing arts is open to both Thai artists from Thailand for a residency in Australia and Australian artists living in Australia for a residency in Thailand.  Applicants must be over the age of 18, with a proven art practice of at least three years. The residency can include professional development via workshops, forums, collaborations, and/or the development/completion/presentation of a new body of work.

Funding available

A maximum of AUD $10,000 is available in 2014/15.  It is anticipated this will fund one full-time artist-in-residency for a period of 4-12 weeks between 1 October 2014 and 30 June 2015.

Funding may cover the following costs:

Return economy airfare between Thailand and Australia (includes any necessary domestic flights to make international connections)
Departure taxes
Passport fees
Travel insurance
Pre-departure check-ups
Guest house
Hotel rates
Living Expenses
In-country transport
Domestic flights
Car/motorbike/scooter hire
Residency fees
Museum/theatre/film/concert fees
Conference fees
Studio hire
Singing/dancing/drama/art/language lessons
Freight costs
Art supplies

Please note that funding is to cover the expenses of the artist-in-residence only. Any accompanying partners/families are not covered by this funding.

The ATI may fund more than one artist-in-residency per year where funding allows. 

Residency options

The ATI artist-in-residency program allows applicants to choose from two possible options:

  1. A self-initiated residency in which the applicant identifies the host organization of their choice; or
  2. A Thailand based residency at ComPeung - Chiang Mai Province

Residencies should be between 4 and 12 weeks in length.

Thai based residency partner

ComPeung - Chiang Mai Province

The ComPeung Artist-in-Residence Program is designed for local and international artists to live and work together with the ComPeung team and the local community. By living and working together in basic yet comfortable conditions with the ComPeung team, the local communities and a broad spectrum of artists, the ComPeung program provides the resident artists with a wide range of exchanges, opportunities, experiences and possibilities. ComPeung aims to be an open playground for dialogues, alternative contexts, experiments, explorations, and mutual learning. The aspired goal for ComPeung is to develop and expand into a network of artists and art organizations on local, regional and international levels.

Art form/s

Visual Arts, Writing, Performing Arts

Collaboration accepted?


Preferred host dates

Any time, except the month of October

Potential opportunities

Community workshops

Location and transport

30 – 45 minutes drive to Chiang Mai city centre; 5 minute cycle to shops. Bicycles available for getting around the region; public transport to city nearby


Internet, private studio/study room, performance space, two outdoor spaces for site-specific works

Accommodation provided?

Yes on site; Includes private bathroom, Wifi access and shared areas. Three home cooked meals per day create a setting for exchange and dialogue


Yes – THB 30,000 per month (approx. $982 AUD); includes accommodation, 3 meals per day and airport transfers to and from Chiang Mai airport

Partners/Families permitted?




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Artists-in-residency obligations

Artists-in-residency will be expected to grant the ATI full and unreserved permission to use photographs/recordings/images/excerpts from their residency in ATI publications and on the ATI website and Facebook page.

All publicity and marketing related to the residency must acknowledge ATI support.  The residency must always be referred to as the “ATI artist-in-residency program”.

Artists must provide a comprehensive report to the ATI following the conclusion of their residency.  This must be submitted no more than 90 days after the end of the residency.

How do I apply?

To apply applicants must submit an online grant submission to the ATI (  Submissions are invited from 1 September – 30 September each year. 

Applicants must first liaise with host organisations to establish a suitable schedule.  Applications must include a letter of support from the host organisation as well as two professional referee letters.

Whilst the ATI artist-in-residency program welcomes applications from Australian and Thai artists from all backgrounds and art disciplines, the ATI reserves the right to give favourable consideration to applicants that meet ATI priority areas.  Any priority areas identified by the Board will be advertised clearly and prominently on the ATI website and online application form.  Priority areas may include particular art disciplines, artists from particular cultural backgrounds, or artists from particular regions. 

Applicants should explain how their proposed project aligns with the ATI artist-in-residency program goals and objectives.


  1. Strengthen people-to-people linkages through cultural exchanges and creative collaboration.
  2. To promote Australia in Thailand, and Thailand in Australia, through arts and culture.
  3. To reinforce Australia’s standing as a stable, sophisticated, multicultural and creative nation with a rich and diverse culture.
  4. Promote Thailand as a sophisticated, innovative and creative nation with deep cultural roots.


  1. To strengthen long-term cultural relationships between Australia and Thailand.
  2. To support projects that project a positive and contemporary image of Australia and Australia’s capabilities in Thailand through the delivery of high quality and innovative arts and cultural residency programs.
  3. To support projects that project a positive and contemporary image of Thailand and Thailand’s capabilities in Australia through the delivery of high quality and innovative arts and cultural residency programs.

Priority areas

Priority areas, in order of priority, are currently:

Nil.  The inaugural ATI artist-in-residency program welcomes applications from Australian and Thai artists from all backgrounds and art disciplines.

Last Updated: 14 August 2013