Delfina Foundation

Open Call for Indian Artists

In partneship with Charles Wallace India Trust and Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation

Through an interrelated programme of residencies, exhibitions, and events, Delfina Foundation (DF) provides a platform for artists, curators and thinkers to experiment with bold ideas, explore connections, learn new skills, and build collaborations with colleagues, communities and institutions.

As part of an annual partnership with Charles Wallace India Trust and Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, Delfina Foundation is offering a three-month residency to a visual artist in Autumn 2018 (1 October - 23 December).

DF’s programmes are structured around seasons, which are:

  • Thematic: concentrated on advancing specific initiatives related the following areas: The Politics of Food, Performance as Process, The Public Domain or Performance as Process.
  • Open: dedicated to supporting independent projects without particular outcomes

During this period, Delfina Foundation’s public programme will be focused on The Public Domain. We would encourage applications from artists who are exploring similar ideas, but it is not mandatory. We will accept applications from artist exploring different independent projects as well.

DF creates focussed environments to facilitate collaborative exchange fostering new ideas and projects. During the residency, DF will support peer-to-peer conversations between residents through a series of informal gatherings and meals, as well as targeted organisational visits and opportunities to engage with artists, academics and researchers interested in the areas of focus. These internal events will be complemented with an external public programme of talks, screenings, dinners and panel discussions on The Public Domain and presenting the work, ideas and exchanges taking place.

The selected artist will receive:

  • A twelve-week residency in London, including one return, economy-class flight, and a living allowance for food/per diems and materials;
  • A single bedroom at DF, which is a shared house with some shared facilities, such as the laundry room, kitchen, and dining room;
  • Opportunities to engage in the art scene in UK through structured and independent time and activities; and
  • Access to a programme of planned group activities and visits to cultural organisations in the UK.

*Please note that artist-duos or collectives will not be accepted as there is only space for one artist. Accordingly, artists are not able to bring partners or families to the residency. In some cases, short visits can be accommodated.


  • An Indian artist living and working in India;
  • Seeking an opportunity to develop his/her practice and the concepts of his/her artistic work;
  • Able to explain how the experience of an international residency may benefit his/her career development and local networks; and
  • Proficient in English

The residency is focused on supporting the next generation of artists. We will give preference to younger artists and those who have not yet had a chance to work internationally

Application process:
Applicants are expected to submit:

  • The completed application form in English
  • A CV detailing recent projects, exhibitions, workshops and residencies
  • A writing sample (an essay, artist profile, press article, etc.)
  • At least 10 high-quality images of your previous projects or exhibitions, which could include unrealised proposals
  • Contact details of one referee

Please submit only electronic copies of the above documents to:, with subject line: Open Call Indian Artist Residency.

Deadline for applications: 11 December 2017

Skype interviews with shortlisted applicants will be on the week of 15 January 2018. Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by 26 January 2018.

Download the Application Form
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