Photo Kathmandu is very pleased to host 4 artists or artist duos in the historic city of Patan for a period of 4 weeks to come together and explore intersections between photography, sound, video, writing, performance, poetry and other mediums and forms. The festival encourages artists to experiment, collaborate and respond to each other and Patan as a city.

Artists will be provided shared accommodation and work space in Patan and a daily meal stipend. They will also be provided a small production budget. Artists are not required to produce a final exhibition, however are welcome to share work or their process at a few open house and pop up events during the residency and the main programming week of the festival. Artists are required to make their own travel arrangements to and from Kathmandu, arriving by 27th September 2018 at the latest. Residency accommodation will be provided until 1 November which is the end of the main programming week of the festival.


Photo Kathmandu is an international photography festival that attempts to create conversations between the city, its people, its history, its dreams and aspirations. The festival organizes exhibitions, projections, artist talks, workshops, a mixed-media residency and an arts education program that bring together a diverse range of visual practitioners to respond to various local and global themes. The third edition of the festival is taking place from 12 Oct – 16 Nov 2018.

For the third edition of Photo Kathmandu, we are focusing on creating conversations around issues of gender, patriarchy, power, identity, sexuality and equality. We hope these stories and conversations will contribute to touching hearts and minds to foster empathy, bring about recognition, and eventually change attitudes, social practices and laws here in Nepal. Residency artists are encouraged to but not required to work within this thematic framework.