Photo by Sitt

The DAA Artist in Residence Program

Documentary Arts Asia’s Artist in Residence Program will support an Asian photographer or filmmaker in Chiang Mai for up to three months to complete a cultural, environmental or human-rights project and help DAA promote documentary practice and visual literacy in the region.  In addition to producing a substantial body of work, the Artist in Residence will teach workshops and bring new ideas and energy to the documentary community in Chiang Mai, Thailand and the Asia region.  Chiang Mai’s variety of potential documentary subject matter, large population of artists and relatively low cost of living make it the ideal location for an Artist in Residence program.

Submissions are closed for 2014

Apply for 2015 

2013    Chintan Gohil

The focus of my work has been around issues of food, agriculture, environment and sustainability. These are some of the most crucial issues of our time.I encountered a TED talk by Jon Jandai from Pun Pun Centre for Self Reliance ( during my research and was genuinely touched by his approach towards life the three essentials that we need to live: food, clothes and shelter. During this residency, I want to investigate the notion of ‘a good life’ and how significant our deeper connection to nature is for it. A lot of people from all over the world come to Thailand in search of a good life, so I feel it is the right place to explore this idea. I want to focus on the following areas: our connection to food, meaning of shelter, fashion and consumerism with an underlying focus on sustainability. Through the use of thought provoking and philosophical narratives, my intention would be to make the viewers think about what it means to be human within the wider ecological system that we are a part of, how we are connected to it and what it could mean for us to either lose or reignite that connection in the eternal search for a good life.   Link to work produced during her residency


2012    Sitthixay “Sitt” Ditthavong

Sitthixay [Sit-uh-say] Ditthavong studied photography at the Sydney Institute of Technology and marine biology at James Cook University before starting a career as an Australian diplomat, where he developed expertise covering political and economic developments in Asia, the South Pacific, and the Middle East. He returned to study a Master of Visual Arts (Photojournalism) at the Queensland College of Art and was a finalist for the 2012 Photocrati Fund.

In 2013, he was commissioned by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community to produce feature photographs of public health challenges across the South Pacific. This followed the 2012 Artist in Residence at Documentary Arts Asia in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which allowed him to take a Global Internship and subsequent freelance contract with the Associated Press in Chicago.

He has exhibited both locally and abroad, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, TIMEWashington PostThe Wall Street Journal and many more.




Want to be considered for the Artist in Residence Program?


An Asian photographer or filmmaker with a personal website or online portfolio.
At least one previous exhibition or screening of a substantial body of work.
Decent English communication skills.
Independent and highly motivated.

DAA offers:

Basic accommodation, food, local transport and Thai visa (transport to and from Chiang Mai is not yet supported).
A solo exhibition or screening of the work produced at the DAA gallery and/or the Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival.

DAA asks that you:

Produce and exhibit a substantial body of work from your time as an Artist in Residence.
Provide DAA with one set of prints/ video file.
Assist with DAA activities once a week (days/times flexible to accommodate your project).

(Optional) Teach workshops at the DAA Center Chiang Mai and / or provide portfolio review sessions (in English, Thai, Burmese, Hmong or other languages that are common in and around Chiang Mai Area).


Please apply on the online form linked below and contact us if you have any questions.

Note: Projects outside of the city are possible, however the artist should have a presence in Chiang Mai during their residency.

Applications are currently open for 2015.  Residencies will start sometime in November ’15, based on a starting date that is convenient for the chosen artist.