ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE in Collaboration with Cemeti - Institute for Art and Society
Cemeti-Institute for Art and Society

Residensi Cemeti 2019 © Cemeti

For this exciting opportunity, Cemeti - Institute for Art and Society and Goethe-Institut Indonesia are collaborating for a third time to invite one artist living and working in Germany to spend three months at Cemeti - Institute in Yogyakarta Indonesia, alongside one Indonesian artist and one artist from Singapore, who will be in residence for the same period.


Cemeti - Institute for Art and Society (formerly ‘Cemeti Gallery’, then ‘Cemeti Art House’) was founded in Yogyakarta in 1988, making it Indonesia’s oldest platform for contemporary art. The new subtitle ‘Institute for Art and Society’ was added in 2017 by a new team, with the aim to focus on artists and cultural practitioners working to actively address key social and political issues in Yogyakarta, the country and the region; exploring the possibility for a gallery to act as a site for civic action. The use of the word ‘Institute’ builds on the idea of instituting as a collective social process in which we find forms for shared urgencies and ideologies.

Cemeti Institute offers a platform to artists to develop, present and practice their work, in close collaboration with art workers, including curators, researchers, activists, writers, performers, as well as non-art communities. This takes the shape of exhibitions, workshops, talks, assemblies, publications, research threads, residencies and more.


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, through their work address key issues at stake in the local context and beyond, and develop their own practice. The residency team supports the 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 Yogyakarta.


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, lecture, workshop 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.


Visual arts, with a specific interest in arts and social practice; duration of stay: 3 months from September through November 2019.


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.


  • Artists living and working in Germany; English language skills are obligatory
  • Actively working as an artist outside of study for at least 3 years, with a developed artistic practice.
  • Has not studied or lived in Indonesia before, or participated in any previous Goethe-Institut Indonesia programmes.


Please send the following documents to Maya at Goethe-Institut Indonesia:
  1. Motivation letter in English specifying your field of interest, including an initial idea/potential research topic you would like to develop or community you would like to engage with during the residency at Cemeti (max. 500 words).
  2. Portfolio of artworks or projects within the past 3 years in English (max 10 MB). If your practice is collaborative, please specify your role.
  3. Curriculum Vitae in English.


For the 2019 residency, the application DEADLINE is 30 April, 11 PM Jakarta time.


The Goethe-Institut will cover costs for airfare, visa and airport transfers. They will also provide the artist with a per diem for daily costs, and a budget for production. In addition the artist will receive a flat fee of €2.100,00. The artist’s accommodation and studio space, as well as a selection of equipment and tools will be provided by Cemeti Institute.

OPEN CALL FOR ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE At Cemeti - Institute for Art and Society Yogyakarta, Indonesia