Asia Art Archive in India and Inlaks India Foundation are pleased to announce the open call for AAA–Inlaks Art Grant 2022, dedicated to supporting experimental approaches to practicing art today.
The aim of the grant is to encourage artists to propose and test forms of art-making that incorporate research, collaboration, workshops, and formal experiments, as a way to explore imaginations, architectures, sensoria, and interfaces of the archive while looking at existing archives.
This open call seeks proposals that demonstrate a critical and imaginative approach around the archive as concept, as systems, and as medium. The provocation to artists applying for this grant is: What shall we do with the archive?
Candidates are invited to propose projects that engage with any of the following:
- Archives pertaining to any field: art, music, cinema, theatre, law, science, medicine, and meteorology to name a few
- Artists’ personal archives: scrapbooks, letters, diaries, photo-albums, etc.
- Public libraries, databases, inventories
- Anthologies, timelines, maps, and bibliographies
- Time travel
No outcome in the form of a finished artwork is expected for this grant. Applications will be assessed on the basis of how clearly ideas have been formulated and how rigorously they propose to be explored. Proposals with projects that are a continuation of ongoing work are eligible to apply for this grant. As mentioned above, proposals that incorporate research, collaboration, workshops, and formal experimentation will be given preference.
Eligibility: Artists of Indian citizenship residing in India between the age of 25 to 35 years. Collectives are eligible to apply provided all members are Indian citizens and not more than 35 years in age.
Duration of Grant: One year; 1 August 2022–31 July 2023
Grant Amount: Up to Rs. 2,00,000
Deadline: Applications Closed
Selection Process: Five candidates will be shortlisted for interviews on the basis of their applications. The interviews will be conducted online in mid-July 2022; and one grantee will be selected from among those interviewed by a panel consisting of one-to-two external members, one member from Inlaks, and one member from AAA in India. The selected grantee will be contacted by 20 July 2022.
- A completed application form
- A two-page CV
- A portfolio of 3–5 of your most recent projects compiled in a single PDF file; audio-video files can be sent as links to online platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud
- An Artist Statement with description of your practice and areas of interest (up to 250 words)
- A project proposal (up to 1000 words) which should include:
(i) a short description of the intended/ongoing project, and your research responding to any of the themes listed in this open call;
(ii) a timeline for the project’s different stages and potential platforms; and
(iii) archives/collections/individuals you intend to access/visit.
The proposal does not have to be definitive and can change during the course of the one-year period of this grant in consultation with AAA & Inlaks representatives.
- A budget of estimated costs for your project based on your proposal and timeline
We encourage applicants to reach out to us at the email addresses specified above prior to submitting the application to discuss any questions, clarifications, or concerns. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.
- Avik Debdas
- Sharmistha Saha