Contemporary visual artists pursuing an innovative practice in a professional capacity are eligible to apply. The ability to accommodate artists using very heavy or unusually large materials may be limited due to restricted access. The program could introduce artists to professional studios/factories to produce works. Artists wishing to use power tools or toxic materials (such as resin) should indicate their intentions.
Visiting artists are able to take up residency for 4-week to 6-month periods.
Residency Charges at both City site / Monfai and the annex in Mae Rim and what you can expect:
Rental charges at the two sites are currently set at THB 30,000 per month per person; (except electricity bill for air-conditioning which is charged separately according to used (no A/C at the annex site). Artist with partner (no child) shared room / house rental charge at THB. 50,000 per month / couple. A family (2 adult and 2 children) will be charge at THB. 60,000 per month / family. Fee does not include meal but we will take you shopping and you have the use of a fully equipped kitchen at Monfai and the annex in Mae Rim. You will have the use of a studio, gallery/exhibition spaces, text translation into Thai, online public information and assistance in creating printed invitations to the opening of your exhibition/show and access free wifi at both sites. Introduction to the local art scene and attend exhibition openings.We will assist you in purchasing art supplies and what ever else you needs. We will show you around town and can organise trips for you at certain plans. Free transportation between our 2 sites and at twice a week we will take you to get your personal supply, art materials supplies and mm. Pick up and dropp off service. Emergency with seriously sickness or injury we drive you at once to the nearest hospital / health care center.
Artist-in-residence programs are currently available to apply for, any modality is welcomed.
Successful artists are chosen on the basis of quality and innovation of work, potential benefits to the applicants, the organisation and to the broader art community. Decisions are ultimately subject to the availability of the residency/studio.
Proposals should address the applicant’s reasons for wanting to undertake the studio residency and an outline of their projects. Applicants should submit the following information:
1 Proposal/outline of project
2 Preferred starting date and duration of visit
3 Source of financial support during intended stay
4 1 page CV
5 Visual material (see below) and image list
Preferred visual materials
5 digital images of work that has been completed in the past 2 years saved as individual JPEGS at 300-dpi resolution. Flim / Video files (10 minutes max.). Materials send digitally via email only.
Decisions are made by the Selection Committee which is made up of gallery staff, practicing artists and other arts professionals. Applicants will be advised of results by e-mail. Decisions are final and cannot be negotiated.
Ne’-Na is affiliated to Monfai Cultural Center which is located in Chiang Mai city, two kilometers from the historic old town. It was established in 1982 by Rampad Kothkaew to conserve and preserve the vanishing remnants of traditional Lanna arts and crafts, architecture and lifestyle. Rampad is a pioneer in the revival of Lanna customs and art in Chiang Mai, and Monfai is the heart of her efforts.
We invite artists to share any ideas for projects which aim to further the self-sufficiency and sustainability of either site. Ne’-Na is both a forum and practical venue for developing creative ways of living sustainably.
The centre is both a living museum and venue for traditional Lanna weddings, traditional food markets, dance and music concerts and workshops. Access to photocopiers, fax machines, computers and printers are also available at Monfai’s office. Considering Monfai’s proximity to downtown Chiang Mai, it is incredibly tranquil with its leafy grounds and quiet location. The museum is full of handmade Lanna artifacts, and the passionate museum staff are more than happy to share their knowledge.
The annex site is located in Mae Rim, a beautiful agricultural area just a half-hour drive from downtown Chiang Mai and close to the village of Mae Ram which has many tourist attractions, shops and cafe’s, this can be easily reached by bike or the on – site motorbike. The spacious, open plan building contains many potential studios, expansive gardens and lawns, and a huge natural and artificially lit outdoor covered workshop perfect for large constructions and performances. A large elegant natural and artificially lit gallery is available for exhibitions and screenings, and when available it can be used as studio space.
Artists staying at Mae Rim can live comfortably in 4 ensuite Lanna style bedrooms on the main house. A room with twin bed; Queen bed and Double bed is reserved for a couple with one child. Eight separate bamboo bungalows / houses in Karen style provide spacious accommodation with one bedroom, private bathroom, kitchen area, inside and outside sitting area, balcony overlooking the natural pond.
There is a bamboo walkway that connects these houses to the main house as well as the natural swimming pond and lush green garden which all houses are built around. Each of these houses are suitable for a couple or small family, they all have self-contained studios on the ground floor below the living area. One of these bamboo houses with two bedrooms designed for artists with family accompanied with maximum 2 kids (age from 2-12 years old).
The organic orchard at Mae Rim provides seasonal produce, including bananas, lychees, langon, giant passionfruit, jackfruit, mango, star fruit and tamarind, which are available at a self-picked price. We grow the organic vegetables and herbal in our land which artists can also buy at directly from us.
Artists are also welcome to participate in rice planting and harvesting (Season: June/July-Aug,/Sept, and Jan/Feb-March/April). Ne’-Na is a proponent of bamboo as a sustainable resource, and artists are welcome to learn how to work with this material under the guidance of local builders. Bicycles are available for use at both sites.