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India Foundation for the Arts (IFA)
invites applications for
Workshops, Residencies, Seminars
Under its Arts Practice programme
Applications can be sent any time during the year

The Arts Practice programme seeks to implement projects where artists expand their present range of practices in new directions. These could question accepted conventions, push new frontiers in content, form and medium, explore new modes of engagement with space, audience and communities, foregrounding a spirit of experimentation.

Workshops, Residencies, Seminars:
Historically, important breakthroughs in artistic methods, materials and concepts came about, when artists from different generations with various experiences, across regions, put their heads together, to discuss, innovate and improvise techniques and ideas. Today, workshops, residencies and seminars that reflect on arts practice, become significant spaces for artistic peer networks that bring together an unforeseen confluence of energies, to explore how practices are evolving and where they are headed. These events could also become enabling spaces for listening to hitherto unheard voices.
Under the Arts Practice programme, we invite proposals for Workshops, Residencies, Seminars that seek to create situations which foster exchange, dialogue, debate, learning, and mentorship. This may include residencies that nurture artists, encourage collaboration and facilitate experimentation; workshops, seminars or other forms of gathering that help build knowledge, generate insight and expand arts practice/s.

To read translations of this Request for Proposals in certain Indian languages, click here.

Duration of the project: Up to 6 months

Budget: Up to a maximum of Rs 3,00,000/-

Calendar: Proposals can be sent at any time during the year

Who can send project proposals?
  • The programme invites proposals from practitioners working within as well as across disciplines. These could include:
  • Performing artists working in music, sound, text, dance, movement, theatre, puppetry, storytelling, magic, circus and other performance arts
  • Visual artists working across all forms including film (documentary and fiction), animation, photography, installation, new media, Artificial Intelligence, robotics, interactive arts, gaming, painting, sculpture, printmaking, comic book, graphic narrative, artist book and other visual arts
  • Curators, especially those working outside of the gallery context
  • Poets, novelists, playwrights working with literary arts
  • Practitioners engaged in interdisciplinary work


You are eligible to send project proposals if you are an Indian national. Your collaborators too must be Indian nationals. For details please click here.

How to send project proposals?
  • You can write your proposal in any Indian language including English. IFA encourages projects in Indian languages other than English.
  • You can send us your queries and draft ideas in written, audio or video formats for response from IFA staff. However, final proposals will have to be in written format only.

Send us a proposal describing:
  • Your existing arts/curatorial practice, concerns and interests as a practitioner
  • Details of the Workshop, Residency or Seminar, with a note on its context, need, and relevance
  • Detailed timeline and budget
  • Examples of earlier work, relevant to this application

Proposal Submissions:
Your proposals can be sent:
  • Online to John Xaviers, Programme Officer, Arts Practice, at OR
  • By post to: John Xaviers, Programme Officer, Arts Practice, India Foundation for the Arts, 'Apurva' Ground Floor, No 259, 4th Cross, Raj Mahal Vilas 2nd Stage, 2nd Block, Bangalore 560 094, Phone: 080-2341 4681 / 82
For any queries and clarification regarding your proposal, please write to

All selected projects will be implemented by IFA.