Residency Land

Residency Land


A: The artist colony
B: The room
C: The metropolis
D: The ideal place
E:  The community
F:  The rural
G: The island

The Artist Colony

An art colony or artists' colony is a place where creative practitioners live and interact with one another. Artists are often invited or selected through a formal process, for a residency from a few weeks to over a year. Beginning with the early 20th century models, such as MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, hundreds of modern-day artist colonies now offer the benefit of time, space, and collaborative time away from the usual workaday world.

A: The artist colony

The Room

Artist-in-residence programmes are not the only way to stay and work abroad. Did you ever consider a temporary international studio swap? Or renting out your studio while you go abroad so other artists can make use of it? Are you looking for a specific kind of studio on a temporary basis? Check out this Offered & Wanted Section and see what destinations trigger your imagination... Please note that this concerns mainly working space and not always accommodation. Read here how to proceed to add or remove a studio opportunity from this page.

B: The room in a house

The Metropolis

A metropolis is a large city or urban area which is a significant economic, political, and cultural center. The term is Greek and means the "mother city" of a colony (in the ancient sense), that is, the city which sent out settlers. This was later generalized to a city regarded as a center of a specified activity, or any large, important city in a nation. Go to Residencies in the menu to make your own selection of country and discipline. Find hundereds of residencies scatered over many giant cities such as Tokyo, New York or Beijing.

C: The residency in a giant metropolis

The Ideal Place

The amount of data on can be overwhelming. There are currently about 1.500 residency programmes open for international artists in our database, and when you start looking into it you might get lost.

Here are our advice to help you find your ideal place:

  • Have a look at our checklist to get started
  • Look through the database by using all available filters (disciplines, countries, themes) to get an idea of the offer out there
  • Have a look at our AiR Collections to get some insights by themes
  • Research funding opportunities by regions of the world
  • Attend one of our workshops
  • Once you have done one or all of the above, and if you still have questions: email us and plan a meeting with the DutchCulture | TransArtists' staff. We will be happy to help you further, but please note that we do not have the resources to give individual advice to every person emailing us.

D: The ideal place

The Community

A community is a social unit of any size that shares common values. Although embodied or face-to-face communities are usually small, larger or more extended communities such as a national community, international community and virtual community are also studied. In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness. Look here for articles and residencies related to communities.

E: In the village

The Rural

A selection of rural places & events you find here.

F: The rural

The Island

Most of the Earth's islands are natural and have been formed by tectonic forces or volcanic eruptions. However, artificial (man-made) islands also exist. Artificial islands can be built using natural materials (e.g., earth, rock, or sand) and/or artificial ones (e.g. concrete slabs or recycled waste). Stories; residencies... all about islands here.

G: The island

What to make of the term artist-in-residence?

This rich diversity of AiR models is in itself in flux. Existing residencies take up new strategies. Old models and strategies may reinvent themselves. Some AiR's don't refer anymore to the artistic domain, as it happens that it is used for other domains.. Read more about the different models and our approach here


Browse through our artist-in-residence database, explore and invest some time in finding a program accoring to your dreams and needs.