Artists-in-Residence Program

English | Indonesia

Cemeti’s artist-in-residence programme provides a platform for artists with post-studio based practice, encouraging an open process of artistic research and knowledge exchange. The driving ambition of the residency is to encourage and support artists to connect directly with local communities, build meaningful relationships, and address key issues at stake in the local/regional context through their work. It is our hope that residents not only have the opportunity to develop their own practice but also create a meaningful exchange with local communities and the context of Yogyakarta. The residency team supports artists in developing critical perspectives on their own practice, connecting them with local artists, curators, art workers, researchers and academics, as well as with a diverse range of constituencies from across the city.

The residency programme takes place twice a year, in two three month periods; March to May, and September to November. In each residency period we host one Indonesian artists and one or two artists from other countries. The participation of each artist from outside Indonesia is in collaboration with a particular partner or funding body. Current partners include: Mondriaan Fund, the Netherlands (supporting the Netherlands based artists), Goethe Institute Indonesia (supporting Germany based artists) and the National Arts Council Singapore (supporting Singaporean artists). Below are full details about the programme model and focuses.


During the residency, Cemeti’s team will act as a critical discussion partner throughout with a weekly Breakfast Club to discuss the artists’ interests, questions and experiences. During the course of their stay the artist-in-residence will be asked to initiate several public events. This includes Kamar Tokek (“Lizard Room”); an open platform for residents to share anything from films, books, food and artworks to ideas, or to organise meetings or workshops in support of their artistic research. The residency will culminate in a final presentation, which can take the form of an exhibition, performance, site-specific or community-based project or anything else that is fitting for the artists’ work and practice.

Residency Team

Cemeti has a full time Residency Manager who leads on the delivery of the programme with the support of Cemeti team who can assist with artwork and exhibition production needs. In addition, for each residency period Cemeti hires one program assistant (reporting to the Residency Manager) who works directly with the residency artists to support their artistic research process, connect them to Cemeti’s network (as well as their own), facilitate meetings with non-art communities through translation (both linguistic and cultural) and support material/production needs.


The artist-in-residence stay in one of two locations: one of two bedrooms located on the second floor of Cemeti’s gallery, or a one-bedroom house located nearby Cemeti (Rumah Nangka). The rooms each have a double bed, desk, cupboard, mosquito net and air-conditioning. The shared space contains a bathroom with hot shower, an open kitchen with table looking out on Cemeti’s courtyard garden and an outside area. Rumah Nangka is located within walking distance from Cemeti, and has a double bed, desk, cupboard, mosquito net and air-conditioning, private bathroom with hot shower, an open kitchen and outside terrace. During the second and third month of each residency Cemeti provides working space in the form of a studio and desk in Cemeti’s gallery from which to work and venture out across the city.

Selection Criteria

Given the focus of the residency on artistic research and social practice we prioritize artists meeting the following criteria:
– Interest in socially engaged or collaborative ways of working.
– A critical perspective towards their own position as an artist working in a different context and an open approach to develop their practice.