2019 is now open for submissions and will be accepting applications on an ongoing basis. 

We consider applications from all artists working in any medium who are interested in participating at Elmo's House Artist Residency. Preference is given to applicants that meet these following requirements:

• An exhibition history of three years or more
• Post secondary education in a creative field
• Proof of a valid passport and travel visa
• Complete Application Package as outlined below

• Project proposal that aligns with the Residency's Mandate

We are happy to provide a Letter of Invitation to successful applicants in support of accompanying grant application(s).


Application Package

Send your application to contact@elmoshouse.org and include the following requirements below in one combined PDF document:


1. Cover Letter
In one page, explain your intended project and how this Residency will enrich your practice as well as meet Elmo's House mandate. 

2. Budget
In one page, provide a breakdown of anticipated expenses such as travel, materials, shipping, labour, etc. Please provide information on how you intend to fund your project and what you need from Elmo's House.

3. Timeline
In one page, state when you wish to take the residency and how you plan to use this time. Please note that depending on your point of origin your time spent in the country may vary. Generally, you are welcome to stay in the Philippines for 30 days without a visa. If you propose a longer residency, you are responsible to attain a visa extension and other necessary documents.

4. Curriculum Vitae
In one or two pages, provide your contact information, web presence and relevant media links.

5. Proof of Documents
A copy of your valid passport and/or travel visa.

6. Artist's Statement/Project Proposal
In one or two pages, along with your statement, provide your intended contribution and/or proposed involvement with Batan. Elmo's house will take special consideration for those that can establish a meaningful connection with the surrounding landscape and culture.

7. Past Work
Provide 10 images with the title, medium, and year. Only include works made within the last 5 years. For digital works, please provide a link. (1 image per page)


The 2019 Elmo F. Del Rosario Award

In August 12, 2017 Elmo F. Del Rosario, the Residency's namesake, passed away. To honour his generosity and immeasurable role in building this project, we have created an award to support one Philippine-based artist with a one month residency during Elmo's House's 2018 programming. The artist will benefit from a waived fee but still have access to all the amenities outlined in the Fees section below. 

The standard application process outlined above needs to be completed along with an expressed interest for award consideration in the Cover Letter. Incomplete Application Packages will not be considered. 



$1,200 USD for international artists. $10,000 PHP for residents of the Philippines. Fees are monthly and per person.

Fees include:

  • furnished private room

  • work area in communal studio with Wi-Fi and 24 hour access

  • access of stocked kitchen

  • nightly prepared dinners

  • pick-up and drop-off to the Kalibo International Airport

  • assistance in conducting research and sourcing materials

  • language translation and province guide

  • assistance in the studio and critiques as needed

  • access and use of rooftop garden

  • access and use of residency library

  • access and use of exhibition space (Paniki Gallery on location)

  • artist profile in website

  • copies of all photo documentation taken during residency

  • inclusion in year end publication


Terms and Guidelines

  • Elmo's House is open yearly during the months of April, May, September and October. Exceptions can be made for Residencies that occur during its off-season on a case by case assessment.

  • Residencies are for a minimum of one month up to a maximum of two months. For Visa information, please refer to the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs as it pertains to your country of origin.

  • Artists in Residence are required to follow house guidelines for the safety, respect, health and privacy of others.

  • Dietary restrictions should be noted on the application if any.