Rimbun Dahan

General information

Brief description of organisation

Rimbun Dahan is the home of architect Hijjas Kasturi and his wife Angela. Set on fourteen acres outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the compound of Rimbun Dahan is a centre for developing traditional and contemporary art forms. It features buildings designed by Hijjas Kasturi, as well as two 19th century traditional Malay houses from Perak and Penang, in an indigenous garden environment.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Rimbun Dahan provides accommodation, studio space and limited financial support for visual and performing artists, from the Southeast Asian region (consisting of the countries of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and beyond.

Expectations of the artist and support provided depend on the type of residency.

Current active residency programs:

1. Rimbun Dahan offers residencies for artists from all regions, i.e. from outside Asia and Australia. Accommodation and studio space, and some staff support is provided for RM4,000 a month. Minimum stay is for 1 month. For more information on this residency: http://rimbundahan.org/arts/residencies/open-residencies-for-international-artists/

2. Southeast Asian Residency Program at Rimbun Dahan (1 - 3 months) for visual artists, writers, and other creative individuals from Southeast Asia (consisting of the countries of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam). only. Residency provides private accommodation with self-catering facilities and own bathroom. Studio space is based on availability. Artists receive a living allowance of RM1,000 a month. For more information on this residency: http://rimbundahan.org/arts/residencies/southeast-asian-arts-residencies/

3. We endeavour to provide support for international artists working in local Malaysian collaborations, in the form of free accommodation. For more information: http://rimbundahan.org/arts/residencies/accommodation-for-artists-collaborating-with-malaysians/

4. Rimbun Dahan is a host for Asialink residencies for Australian artists only. Asialink is an organisation that provides funding for Australian artists to undertake 3-month residencies in Asia. Applications for Asialink residencies are administered by Asialink. See asialink.unimelb.edu.au

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Architecture
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Exhibition
  • Donation of an Artwork
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Allowance/Stipend
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Kitchen
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Musical Instruments
  • Swimming pool, tennis court
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
  • Shared Room
  • Shared Apartment
  • Private Cabin/House
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Malay
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By train

Rimbun Dahan is accessible by the KTM Komuter network on the Rawang line. The Sungai Buloh station, where taxis are available, is about 12 minutes away. The Kuang station is about 7 minutes away, but does not usually have taxis.

By plane

Kuala Lumpur is well connected by most major airlines. Other international airlines fly directly to Singapore. AirAsia, Southeast Asia┬┤s most widespread budget airline, has its main hub at KLIA2.

By car

From Kuala Lumpur, take the PLUS Highway from the Jalan Duta Toll Plaza north towards Ipoh. Exit at Rawang South, following signs south to Subang Jaya and Shah Alam, onto the Guthrie Corridor Expressway. Take the Paya Jaras exit (exit 3503), following signs to Kepong and Sungai Buloh, which will take you onto Jalan Kuala Selangor heading back towards Kuala Lumpur. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Jalan Kuang. Rimbun Dahan is 500 meters up the road on the right.

Nearest airport


Contact information

Rimbun Dahan
Km 27 Jalan Kuang
48050 Kuang, Selangor


Phone: +60177277137

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