British Council

The Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata, the Alliance Française du Bengale and the British Council, in collaboration with Centre for International Modern Art and Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan are organising the third interdisciplinary Indo-European Residency Project Kolkata. The residency will take place in Kolkata and Santiniketan, West Bengal, India and will last for eight weeks.

The opportunity will enable one artist from each hosting country (Germany, France, UK, Ireland and India) practicing different art forms to work and explore Kolkata together. The artists will be provided accomodation and studio space in Kolkata for seven weeks, and in Santiniketan for one week, to meet for productive exchanges with cosmopolitan and culturally interested people, artists, NGOs and others.

The aim of this residency is to enable the artist residents create an individual or collective art project during their stay in India. At the beginning of the project, the residents are expected to do a public presentation of their artistic work and their planned project in the form of a short audio-visual presentation of their previous works and the project planned for Kolkata in front of an audience. At the end of the residency, a ‘work in progress’ or a ‘collaborative creation’ should be presented in the city for a week. 

In addition to pursuing their own project, the residents are also expected to get involved with the local arts and culture scene, to enable a healthy mutual exchange of creative ideas between the city's artist community and the artists in residence.

Important dates

Application deadline: 12 August 2019

Final selection: 4 September 2019

Start of the residence: 21 October 2019 

End of the residence: 14 December 2019 

Who can apply?

The opportunity is open to artists living and working in UK who are interested in realising an art project in Kolkata and have a suitable project in mind to work on during their residency.

Costs covered

  • International flight expenses (UK - Kolkata / Kolkata - UK, Economy Class)
  • Reimbursement of visa fees (business/standard visitor visa)
  • Accommodation during the residence period in cooperation with the local host organization
  • Scholarship of GBP 1000 for the eight weeks
  • Daily allowance of INR 800 / day during the stay in Kolkata and Santiniketan during the residency
  • Contribution to the production costs of the project in Kolkata (subject to approval)

How to apply

Documents required

  • Detailed CV
  • Information on previous, important artistic projects (publication, exhibition, shows, concerts and so on) in PDF format not exceeding five pages
  • Reasons for applying for the Indo-European Residency Project Kolkata, including the presentation of the artistic objectives and an outline of a specific project (up to 250 words)
  • Your Skype contact name must be added to the application documents
  • All attachments together should not be larger than 2 MB in size. 

*Only complete applications that meet the requirements listed above will be considered. 

Every applicant is expected to take note of the country and travel information regarding India provided by the FCO on their website. International health insurance has to be obtained and borne by the artist and proof thereof has to be provided after final selection.

Please send complete applications by email to Indrani Chakrabarti (Head - Arts, East and Northeast India, British Council) at Indrani.Chakrabarti@in.britishcouncil.org

The application is now closed. Watch this space for more updates!