The International Artist In-Residence Programme is an exciting new addition to the National College of Arts, Lahore. The programme takes as its primary goal the broad integration of the arts through residency curricula, seeking particularly to stimulate the creation and enhancement of college developments and broader curricular missions by supporting extended, multi-dimensional residencies that combine pedagogy, public presentation, and informal exchange among artists, faculty, students, the campus, and area communities.
The In-Residence programme is designed to support and enhance the artistic and educational environment within the college. During their residency professional working artists and scholars will be provided studio space to carry out their own practice. Resident artists and scholars will augment the academic programmes through interaction with the college community; students and faculty both, in various activities including demonstrations, workshops, and lectures.
There are three different kinds of Residencies that are currently being offered by the National College of Arts. These Residencies may vary in duration, frequency, focus, and methodology, taking a variety of forms: class visits, public lectures, and small workshops; longer-term collaborative creative projects with faculty and students; and specially-designed team-taught classes involving faculty members and a visiting artist. They may be undertaken by faculty as part of a specific class, as a concentration- or department-wide residency, or as a multi-departmental project.
The National College of Arts offers an eight-ten week artists residency for established and emerging artists to develop their work.
Artists are expected to develop a proposal of how they intend to work within the education setting and how they envisage interacting with the college community. This could include open studio practice, collaborative projects, workshops, conversations or presentations. Applicants should consider how they will communicate with the students and staff about their practice to offer students and staff authentic arts learning experiences.
This residency is intended to advance the careers of practicing artists, to prepare students as professional artists, and to strengthen awareness of the significance of applied arts.
Resident artists are expected to develop a body of work while at NCA and to be extensively involved in the education of NCA students and the NCA community. Residents must be established or emerging artists of exceptional talent who exhibit strong artistic, educational and communication skills. Specific involvement during the residency beyond each artist’s own work might include guest lecturing in a master class, giving public lectures, mentoring students, participating in college activities, and working on artist community in large.
This residency is specifically structured to expand upon the conservatory environment and collaborative atmosphere that is the cornerstone of the National College of Art’s educational experience, providing students with the opportunity to observe an artist at work and to engage in dialogue with the artist in both the studio and classroom. Through public lectures, workshops, and exhibition, the Artist-in-Residence program expands on NCA’s mission to act as a public resource center for the exchange and exploration of ideas relative to our cultural and social environment.
The National College of Arts offers a six-week artists residency to NCA Alumnae in each academic semester. The residency supports ex-students providing the time and space to reconnect with the college environment, interacting with students, faculty and staff.
Fostering creative and artistic excellence, the six-week long residency offers mid-career artists a break from their scheduled lives to focus on their work. The residency provides an opportunity for artists to undertake professional development by focusing on aspects of their practice while immersed in an educational environment. It offers opportunities to learn and share while also providing pathways for graduates to connect their practice to young people and for artists to inspire, re-connect or introduce teachers to new ideas and approaches. It offers students, staff and the college community exposure to professional contemporary artists and their work. The focus of the Alumnus residency is on demonstrating to students and staffs the artist's creative processes and practice rather than working on a specific project outcome for the college or teaching students directly.
With the aim of advancing the arts throughout NCA curricula, we are particularly interested in supporting those alumni who haven’t been able to alter their practice after their graduation from the college. The residency will provide a chance to relocate their practice and inspire them with contemporary art practices through current trends among students, staff, and faculty to progress their work in new directions. The alumni must have graduate at least four years prior to the time they apply for the residency. Alumni working in any mediums may apply. A stipend will be given to Alumni-in-residence. However living may or may not be available for this residency.
The National College of the Arts, Lahore offers a 12-15 weeks Academic-in-Residence programme for arts practitioners in the fields of Theoretical Arts, History and Cultural studies, and Curatorial or Arts Management practices.
This Residency aims to integrate the art education across the curriculum by specifically involving academics, researchers, writers and instructors that are not traditionally associated with the art making process. Academic-in-Residence are the singular frontrunners of their arena. They are given the autonomy to determine the independent course pedagogy and the responsibility for its success. At NCA, Academic-in-Residence are not typical faculty members; they are full-time artists as well as thinkers, and whose studio practice encompasses the element of research, history and documentation. During their time at NCA, the Academic-in-Residence mentors at least 15-20 graduate students in a collegial environment including all the departments at college. They select their students, guide the development of each individual and nurture a productive and interactive environment. This residency culminates in an exhibition of students with resident’s written statement.
Applicant for this residency must be unusually well-qualified to provide open, independent learning, resulting in rigorous production, critique and discussion, and inspiring research, innovation and experimental paradigms among students. The applicant should demonstrate a strong record as a professional academic at the highest level in the field; have teaching experience at the graduate level and strong interpersonal and communication skills to lead the course of minimum of 15 students. It is anticipated that the Academic-in-Residence will also advocate the programme via the web, publication and national/international lectures as an active component of recruiting future students.
Applicants must be working professionals with a sustained record of peer recognition; a demonstrated commitment to college-level teaching; a Master's Degree or higher; excellent communication skills and management skills; the ability to provide a productive and interactive learning environment; and the capacity to make a significant contribution to college. Applications consist of a cover letter, departmental philosophy, Curriculum Vitae and contact information for two references. It should also include a portfolio of the candidate's practice.
Prior to submitting a proposal, please contact Residencies Coordinators to discuss the project, budgeting details, and other logistics:
Ms. Zohreen Murtaza and Ms. Fatima Haider
Please email at email@example.com and include “Residencies Proposal [your name]” in the subject line.
*Applications may also be submitted via post in digital format on a CD or USB.
*Please note: We cannot confirm receipt of your application if you are sending through post. Please obtain delivery confirmation through the delivery provider. Application materials will not be returned.
Mail your application to:
International Artist Residency Programme
National College of Arts
If you have questions about the programme or application procedure not addressed in these materials, please contact:
Ph: +92 99210601-599 Ext. 118
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