Find all the info about the 2018 Photo Kathmandu Residency here!


Photo Kathmandu is very pleased to host 4 artists or artist duos in the historic city of Patan for a period of 4 weeks to come together and explore intersections between photography, sound, video, writing, performance, poetry and other mediums and forms. The festival encourages artists to experiment, collaborate and respond to each other and Patan as a city.

Artists will be provided shared accommodation and work space in Patan and a daily meal stipend. They will also be provided a small production budget. Artists are not required to produce a final exhibition, however are welcome to share work or their process at a few open house and pop up events during the residency and the main programming week of the festival. Artists are required to make their own travel arrangements to and from Kathmandu, arriving by 27th September 2018 at the latest. Residency accommodation will be provided until 1 November which is the end of the main programming week of the festival.


Photo Kathmandu is an international photography festival that attempts to create conversations between the city, its people, its history, its dreams and aspirations. The festival organizes exhibitions, projections, artist talks, workshops, a mixed-media residency and an arts education program that bring together a diverse range of visual practitioners to respond to various local and global themes. The third edition of the festival is taking place from 12 Oct – 16 Nov 2018.

For the third edition of Photo Kathmandu, we are focusing on creating conversations around issues of gender, patriarchy, power, identity, sexuality and equality. We hope these stories and conversations will contribute to touching hearts and minds to foster empathy, bring about recognition, and eventually change attitudes, social practices and laws here in Nepal. Residency artists are encouraged to but not required to work within this thematic framework.


Application Deadline: 20 June 2018
Selection Announcement: 30 June 2018
Residency Dates: 28 Sept – 1 Nov 2018
First week with guest curators: 28 Sept – 5 Oct 2018
Festival Dates: 12 Oct – 16 Nov 2018
Main Programming Week: 26 Oct – 1 Nov 2018


  • Artists and artist-duos working with photography, sound, video, sculpture, installation art, performance art, writing, poetry, and other artistic mediums are encouraged to apply. Oral historians, architects, urban planners and other researchers are also encouraged to consider participating.
  • The residency is best suited for practitioners who have an advanced level of their primary craft and who are interested to explore other mediums and collaborate with other artistic processes and practitioners.
  • The residency is open to artists from anywhere in the world.
  • Basic conversational English is required.


The selected artists will be provided shared local accommodation and a daily stipend of NPR. 800 per day from 27 Sept – 1 Nov (total of 36 days). Artists are welcome to extend their stay in Nepal beyond 1 Nov at their own expense. Artists must be able to provide for their own travel to and from Kathmandu. The festival is happy to provide a support letter for sponsorship or travel grants. Please indicate in your application if you require this.

Artists will have access to the complete archive at Nepal Picture Library (70,000+ images) and its wider professional networks. The festival will help to facilitate meetings and studio visits with local contemporary and traditional art practitioners and other resource persons/institutions and create other opportunities for local networking. Artists will be provided with a production budget of Rs.25,000 to cover materials and other production costs.

A team of guest curators will work with residency artists in the first week of the residency to facilitate the creative process, discuss ideas and offer inputs. The names of the curatorial team will be announced soon.


  1. Updated CV (max 2 pages)
  2. Biography (250 words)
  3. A one-page letter of motivation stating WHY you want to participate and WHAT you wish to get out of this experience. If you already have project ideas, please mention here.
  4. Portfolio (10-15 images that represent your work as one pdf file, along with detailed captions or 3-5 sound/video files/ links to soundcloud/youtube/vimeo)
  5. Optional: additional supporting material (should not exceed a 4-page PDF)
    *If applying as an artist-duo, please submit CVs and bios individually. Letter of motivation and portfolio can be joint if the artists wish so.


  1. Please send all required application material in one email to [email protected] with the subject line Mixed Media Residency
  2. Please name all documents with the title of the document and your name (Example:CV_Name, Bio_Name, Motivation Letter_Name, Portfolio_Name..)


20 June 2018

*if you have any questions or need further details, please email us at [email protected] or call us at 01-5543501.