MMCA Residency Changdong – Seoul, South Korea

For: visual artists
What: 1 work period of 4 months
When: 1 April to 31 July 2023
Application deadline: 12 September 2022, before 17:00 CET

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South Korea is rapidly developing in the field of the visual arts and is quickly making up lost ground. The country is home to intriguing museums and presentation locations for modern and contemporary art, such as the MMCA National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, as well as private museums including the Total Museum and the Artsonje Center. The Korean government is investing heavily in art and the creative industry. Incidentally, Koreans do not draw a sharp distinction between art and design, as is customary in the West.
Many exciting art initiatives can be found in South Korea, and the country has no less than three biennales: the Busan Biennale, the Gwangju Biennale and the SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul.

The Mondriaan Fund is offering the MMCA Residency in collaboration with the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

The MMCA Residency Changdong has nine studios, two exhibition spaces and a large outdoor working space. The residents are part of a(n) (inter)national residency programme that, alongside Korean artists, usually welcomes six international artists. Open Studios are organised twice a year, and the residents display their work in the exhibition spaces.

The MMCA regularly organises field trips for the (inter)national artists and there are studio visits, including by curators from the MMCA (museum). The residency is home to a select library, with books about Korean art, culture and language.

Luuk Schröder stayed at the residency in 2019. Koen Taselaar, Ksenia Galiaeva, Tim Breukers and Emily Bates were all previously artists-in-residence at this studio.

For whom

The MMCA Residency is for visual artists aged 25 and above. Artists applying as part of a duo or collaboration are required to submit individual applications.

A duo is understood to mean: 2 artists who structurally create joint work. Collaborations can be considered as (casual) duos if they submit a joint plan for the work period that leads to a single result. Duos are also required to live and work in 1 shared space during the residency.

Work period

1 work period of 4 months is available:

  • 1 April to 31 July 2023

How much

Per period, the Mondriaan Fund makes a subsidy of € 8.316,00 available to help cover travel expenses, material costs and living costs. This sum is intended for 1 person. In addition, the selected resident is expected to pay a 10% personal contribution. The Mondriaan Fund automatically takes this into account in the ultimate subsidy, you do not need to do anything.

In the case that a duo or collaboration is selected for the residency, the subsidy associated with the residency will be raised to cover additional travel expenses, as well as a proportionate sum to contribute to the other applicant’s living costs.


The deadline for submitting an application for a work period in 2023 is 12 September 2022, before 17:00 CET.

Applications for a subsidy for this residency may only be submitted during the annual selection rounds as announced by the Mondriaan Fund on their website. Before submitting an application, please read the explanation for the terms and conditions, application procedure and assessment procedure. You can find them on the page of Residency (international). Please also read the terms and conditions applicable to Mondriaan Fund subsidies.

General terms and conditions


An advisory committee assists in the selection process, recommending candidates to the MMCA based on the submitted documents. The MMCA selects the artists who will be invited to participate in the residency. Applications must be submitted in English.

Other subsidies for Dutch and international residencies
In light of the fact that only 1 or 2 resident(s) can be selected per round, many applicants will unfortunately be disappointed. We would therefore like to draw your attention to the possibility of applying for an Artist Project for another residency. The residency associated with your application for Artist Project, may not be linked to a Mondriaan Fund application round.

Vragen & contact

Vragen over deze regeling? Neem direct contact op met een medewerker van het Mondriaan Fonds.

Of bel 020 523 15 23 of mail naar vasb@zbaqevnnasbaqf.ay.

Minouche Wardenaar