SeMa Nanji Artist Residency, Seoul, South Korea

SeMA Nanji is an international artist residency for young artists, operated by the Seoul Museum of Art. The aim is to provide promising artists with studios for creating art in a quiet environment with encouragement and sharing of information from other artists and curators. 

Watch a slideshow of images from the SeMa Nanji residency

The artist will be provided with accommodation and studio space, logistical support for a group exhibition at the end of the residency, and the opportunity to receive a critical essay by a Korean critic. The artist can also take part in open studios if they stay in October-December. 

This residency has the advantage of being in Seoul, which has one of the most vibrant contemporary art scenes in Asia, and is situated in a park next to the Han River. 

This residency is supported in partnership with Creative New Zealand.

Residency details

This residency is open to people working in the visual arts.

Grant: NZ$7000*

Dates: to be confirmed in mid-July 

*Asia New Zealand Foundation will provide a NZ$7000 grant to the successful applicant to cover living and working expenses for three months. International flights will be covered by SeMA Nanji Residency up to 2 million KRW (about NZ$2300).

How to apply

2018 artist in residence

Sam Thomas

Sam Thomas

Sam Thomas’s method of researching and locating traditional Masters has taken him to Kashmir, Malaysia and the Cook Islands.

Thomas’s research has led him to the Korean art of Bangjja, as a way to deepen his understanding of the material. Bangjja is a unique hand forged metal style that has been perfected since the bronze age and is particularly renowned in the province of Daegu, South Korea.

The opportunity to be an artist in residence at the SeMA Nanji is a rare moment to focus solely on artistic practice. Thomas is grateful for the chance to continue his method of research into new techniques and learn more about Korean culture.

Previous artists in residence

Mathew Ward (2017)

Yona Lee (2016)

Related links

This residency the Foundation offers with support from Creative New Zealand