Palette People Artists Residency

General information

Brief description of organisation

Palette People International Art Foundation is a registered charitable organisation functioning in the state of Kerala in India.We started our activities in 1991, initially formed as an organisation to promote and support artists . We have been conductiong exhibitions, camps, seminars and talks for the artists and supporting them financially in all aspects.

Palette People now run two art galleries, one in Hotel Le Meridien ,Kochi and the second one in Mattancherry, the heritage zone of Kochi city.We also run an artists studio in Hotel Le Meridien, Kochi

Our art residency is in an unexplored hill station called VAGAMON in the state of Kerala (India).

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Palette People Artists Residency Programme is open to all from creative field like visual artists ,painters,sculptors,writers,musicians, theatre and film personalities,photographers etc. of all nationalities and others connected with art.
The residency is in a remote location in Vagamon an upcoming hill station in the western ghats of Kerala which is considered to be the hottest hot spot of Biodiversity.(105 kms from Kochi),

We have 3 cottages with 2 rooms each and the accommodation on twin sharing basis . In addition to this we have a studio space of 1200 sq ft .We have got a large area of open space also ( rolling meadows and tree covered area of 80 acres.)

Service of a care taker / cook and helper is available.
We have an in- house kitchen facility and the service of the cook and helper is available from 7 am to 9 pm free of cost.

Programme Period : Round the year
Duration : 10 days to 3 months( Can be extended on request on a case to case basis)

FEES: USD.25/ euro 21 ) per day

( The fee cover Food,studio space and accommodation (individual bath attached room with hot water facility) with separate cot , bed, pillows, sheets, blankets, towels, toiletries)
(USD 40/euro 34 for two artists/partners together)

All the meals in the residency ( breakfast, lunch, evening coffee with snacks and dinner). )
Accommodation : Single occupancy in a bath attached room with hot water facility).
If the artists have sufficent works to be displayed, they can do an exhibition in The Art Corridor gallery in Hotel Le meridien, Kochi.This is not mandatory.

About the location.
Vagamon,a virgin hill scape in Idukki Dist in Kerala ,1100 mts above sea level, is one of the most scenic Greenfield hill stations in India with moderate winter, monsoon and salubrious climate round the year.This is located in the Western Ghats along the west coast of India which has been included on the coveted list of the World Heritage Sites, at a meeting of the World Heritage Committee (UNESCO). It is recognised as one of the world´s eight "hottest hotspots" of biological diversity.

The room temperature does not usually rise above 25 degree C even during the hottest season.This hill station is a trekkers delight surrounded by meadows, valleys and tea gardens.

Rolling meadows are speciality of Vagamon. It is reported that 24 species of grass grow in these meadows.This is a haven for small wild animals, butterflies and other rare flora and fauna.

Other activities ( Paid).
Trekking bird watching, fishing, cycling, taking part in organic farming, butterfly watching, star watching during nights,participating in cooking sessions etc ( all on request). We encourage Yoga and Meditation for the residents.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Donation of an Artwork
Application who/how

Application by Mail

Selection procedure

By Curator

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Office
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
  • Shared Room
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • Cafe/Restaurant

How to reach

By train

Kochi railway staion to Thodupuzha-Kanjar-Pullikkanam-Vagamon.-110 kms.

Kottayam to Pala - erattupatta-vagamon -85 kms

By plane

Kochi( Nedumbassery) International airport to Vagamon by road)-100 kms

By car

Cochin -Thodupuzha-Kanjar-Pullikkanam-Vagamon.-105 kms

Nearest airport


Contact information

Palette People Artists Residency
villa 3,Imperial Gardens,Eroor South,
682306 Kochi, Kerala

Phone: +919142243866

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