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

Start of the residence: 21 October 2019 

End of the residence: 14 December 2019 

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)

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