Inception Grant


  • Indian national, above the age of 21 and less than 35 (as of November 1, 2020)
  • Practice must fit the contemporary genre
  • Format and media not a constraint. Thematically, the art works must connect to tradition, either through process, material, or motifs
  • Illustrations, graphic design, photography, and decorative art are not within the mandate
  • Grant is not intended for production support
  • Applicants must be at early stage of their career, either as a student or an emerging artist in the process of launching their career.
  • Applicants must be individuals or part of a collective, applying on their own behalf


Applications must be received before January 20, 2021


  • Jury to shortlist 20 applicants; announcement by February 15, 2021
  • Shortlisted artist will be required to send 3 physical works for review
  • External jury will evaluate and pick the two artists for the grant of INR100,000 and INR50,000 respectively

Documents to Submit (All documents must be in English)

  • Artist bio highlighting experience (250 words)
  • Detailed resume including education, exhibitions (if any), awards and recognitions (if any)
  • Artist statement (250 words)
  • Portfolio of works (minimum 10 works)
  • Statement of purpose elaborating how this grant will benefit the artist practice (250 words)
To apply email at with subject line Grant application 2020