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KAAF residency programme fosters artists internationally by providing them with equiped studios and cultural support, as well as opportunities to exhibit their new works.

We believe diplomacy shouldn’t just be left up to politicians. Artists are cultural and social changemakers, and we are passionate about creating opportunities for artists to bring a broader cultural understanding into their work and communities.

Some of our residency programs are incorporated within larger institutions. Residencies can be a part of museums, universities, galleries, studio spaces and municipalities.

Sometimes residents become quite involved in a community - giving presentations, workshops, or collaborating with local artists or the general public. At other times, they are quite secluded, with ample time to focus and investigate their own practice.

Many times a residency experience is only the beginning of a longer relationship. Residents often return to complete a project they started, to begin a new collaboration, or participate in an exhibition, panel or workshop.

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Eligible Applicants

KAAF is open to artists from all backgrounds and working in any medium.

The maximum period for residency is 45 days.


Tehran best climate is in the spring (March to June) and autumn (September to November) although KAAF invites applicants to apply for residency periods that are best suited for their proposed projects.


Iran issues visa for 30 days for citizens of 180 countries upon their arrival in Iranian airports.


KAAF has an apartment with two bed rooms, a living room, kitchen and wireless internet connection. A separate studio dedicated to residents is 60 square meters.

The gallery is located in Darakeh valley near the Beheshti University and is about 250 square meters in size, 4 to 5 meters height.


You will be asked to provide the following for the application.

    •Artist Statement
    •Statement of Purpose (What do you hope to accomplish during your residency?)
    •Statement of Interest 
    •Resume or C.V.
    •Documentation of work
    •Image list/Work Inventory
    •Two references (You are not required to provide written recommendations)


***I am not a visual artist. Can I still apply?
Yes! We seek applications from architects, designers, educators, studio artists, computer programmers, , filmmakers, curators! While we do not have specific facilities for each of these diverse practices, we can help you find the right situation to make your residency at KAAF be super productive.

***Do I have to donate a piece of art? Do I have to give a talk?
No you do not. We only ask that you participate fully in the art scene of Tehran. This means participating in planned residency activities and engaging with our community as much as you are able.