Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Kochi Artist in Residency will commence in late June and continue until late July 2016.
Residencies are for the full 5 week period.

Accommodation is in the heritage building that houses Secret Garden Homestay.

Cost is $35 per night per room single rate, 
$50 per night per room shared rate,  
including breakfast. 
Rooms are spacious and feature a desk space, undercover seating areas 
and there are shared communal spaces including a dining room, library and swiming pool.

see more details on accomodation;

This accomodation fee is the main expenditure for participants as the cost of the studio is being covered by the hosts and the price of food, transport and materials is generally low.

  Pepper House Studios

Studios will be located in an old pepper factory which has been renovated and is situated on the water. The working spaces allocated for artists are huge. 
Pepperhouse was one of the main sites for the 2012 Kochi Muziris Biennale and was secured for us with the assistance of the Biennale organisers.  


The historic two story Pepper House building is situated in the spice quarter which has been operating for centuries and is filled with incredible old crumbling Portuguese warehouses known as Godowns - an Indian term for dockside warehouses used for storing goods to be transported by sea.

Background and Outcomes

The host is KOCHI A.I.R. managed by 

Australian artist Dylan Martorell and designer Lichen Kemp.

KOCHI A.I.R. are liaising with the production team behind the Kochi Muziris Biennale, to create a residency
program for artists which will be self initiated, open ended and responsive with an emphasis on engaging the local community, these may include but aren't limited to; artists talks, workshops, musical collaborations, street based performance and/or interactive installations.

The scope of the inaugural 2012 Kochi Muziris Biennale was wide reaching and ensured this complex and cosmopolitan town's position as an exciting center for the arts. With a shift in focus away from the concerns of the commercial art world this event sought to reposition the role of the arts as a launching pad for cultural, ecological and social regeneration. This residency program aims to continue this legacy and provide more ongoing community access to the arts.

The hosts welcome artists from all backgrounds and disciplines and their partners and children.


Kochi A.I.R. have been given access to the accommodation at Secret Garden Homestay during the off peak season. This means we have heavily discounted rooms available to offer artists. Please be aware that this is Monsoon season in Kochi. Rising temperatures followed by bouts of heavy rain, thunder and lightening are common during the monsoon months in Kochi.

please contact : or lichenkemp@gmail for more details.