British Council

Deadline extended to 7 August 2021! We are still accepting applications for the 2021 Residency. 

The Alliance française du Bengale with Institut français en IndeGoethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata, Alliance Française du Bengale, Consolato Generale d'Italia and the British Council, in collaboration with Kolkata based gallery CIMA and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in New Delhi, are organising the fourth interdisciplinary Indo-European Residency Project Kolkata. In 2021, for the first time, the residency will be designed on a digital platform, thus ensuring that the residency will take place notwithstanding the prevailing COVID situation. The digital platform aims to reflect all the elements that gives the participants the feel of actually experiencing the city of Kolkata. The residency will last for nine weeks and is planned to start from mid-September 2021.

The opportunity will enable one artist from each hosting country (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy and India) practicing different art forms to work and explore Kolkata together. The artists will work and explore the city together for eight weeks. This is made possible through a digital platform which is being specially designed for the residency.  For British Council, the collaboration links to its creative economy pillar and festivals programme.  

The aim of this residency is to enable the artist residents create an individual or collective art project will be presented at the end of the residency. At the beginning of the project, the selected artists 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 online. At the end of the residency, the individual or collaborative artistic projects developed during the residency will be presented in an online exhibition, and if possible, also physically in Kolkata, even at a later stage.

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. All the relevant resources will be provided on the digital platform.

Important dates

Application deadline: 7 August 2021

Final selection: 23 August 2021

Start of the residency: 20 September 2021

End of the residency: 08 December 2021


Who can apply?

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

Benefits of the project:

  • Scholarship of equivalent to € 2000 for the period of nine weeks
  • Contribution to the production costs required for creating works collaboratively or individually apt for a digital platform at the end of the residency. The payments will be decided by respective organisations and will be subjected to mutual approval.  


How to apply

Documents required

  • Detailed CV
  • Information on previous artistic projects (publications, exhibitions, performances. concerts…) in a PDF format not exceeding more than five pages.
  • Letter of intent for applying for the Indo-European Residency Project Kolkata, including the presentation of artistic objectives and an outline of a specific project (250 words) 
  • All attachments together should not be larger than 2 MB.
  • Only complete applications that meet the requirements listed above will be considered.


Please send complete applications by email to Mahua Banerjee (Manager Arts East India) at mahua.banerjee@britishcouncil.org


Technical requirements

  • ZOOM account
  • Gmail account
  • smart phone 
  • laptop/desktop (Windows/IOS)