Olepangi is set on 120 acres, with more than two acres under organic cultivation for farm-to-table eating, 18 horses for riding out into the local community or on the neighbouring conservancy and quiet paths for walking and introspection. This is a special part of the world; perfect for connection and creativity.
Our Artist-in-Residence Programme is ideal for those seeking the time and mental space to investigate new ideas and deepen existing artistic inquiries. Our aperture on the definition of art is wide. We are open to thinkers and creatives and will consider anyone with deep interest and already well-developed skill in visual arts, writing, culinary arts, composers, musicians, scholars, filmmakers, architects and more.
About the Artist-in-Residence Programme
The programs are a minimum of six weeks to three months in duration (longer by mutual agreement.) We expect artists to engage in at least one community activity/project to be defined and agreed at the beginning of the residency. This might include a series of talks or engagement in art with one of the local schools we support or short apprenticeships with local people in the area. The options are endless.
All daily meals are cooked and served in our beautiful, small lodge by our amazing kitchen team. The food is stunning; fresh, organic and healthy. With this mind, we ask that artists engage with guests during at least one meal a day by sharing aspects of their work and contributing to stimulating conversation. This is typically not an issue as the lodge tends to attract some of the most interesting people from all over the world.
All other times are completely free.
Your private tent will be cleaned at least once a week. Linens are provided. Laundry is done weekly
Duration of residencies
6 weeks to 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time
No more than 2
Adult companions are welcome with additional food subsidy
We are happy to assist artists seeking grants or other forms of funding in their home country/institution, by providing letters of recommendation when the candidature is accepted.
Expenses paid by artist
- Activities off the farm
- $200 weekly food subsidy
Expectations of the artist
Community project to be agreed
Interaction with farm guests
By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
By owners and directors of Olepangi
- One reasonably large tented studio to be shared
- Artists perch overlooking the valley with table and chair
Meet a few of our past artists . . .
Vanessa Obiakor (aka Zizzy) came to us last year as a singer-songwriter who literally blew us away with her soulful voice and thought-provoking lyrics. Many a beautiful evening sitting by the fire listening to Vanessa work her magic. She has been such an inspiration to us. Check out her music here.
And the incomparably effervescent Dominque Thoenes, a Kenya girl by birth and now a globe-trotting, free spirited artist living the dream through her love of art and horses. See for yourself. The two paintings above are Dominique's. So beautiful. Such a deep pleasure to have her passion and creativity at the farm. Check her out here.