Dedicated to supporting emerging talent in the visual arts.

The Inception Grant was setup in 2020, soon after the first lockdown, with the prime focus of supporting and mentoring emerging talent in the visual arts. The Grant is open to contemporary artists between the ages of 21-35 years from South Asia. It is more than just a financial aid to artists – awardees have access to our mentors & curators who assist them to develop their art practice through the year.

We are delighted to announce the opening of applications for 2023. The grant amount has increased and we hope this continues to grow. 

2023 Grant Commitment: Four grants of Rs 100,000 each (including the Tacita Dean Award). A total commitment of Rs 400,000.

Under the partnership with Triven Kala Sangam, we are able to now offer 4 grant finalists an opportunity to showcase at the Triveni Gallery.


  • Artist from South Asia ages 21-35 years (as of November 1, 2022). Artists from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India. Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be included.
  • Practice must fit the contemporary genre. Format and media are not a constraint. 
  • Illustrations, graphic design, and decorative art are not within the mandate.
  • Applicants must be at an early stage of their career, 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.



To apply email the following documents to with the subject line Grant Application 2023

  • Artist bio highlighting experience (250 words)
  • Detailed resume including education, exhibitions, awards, and recognitions (if any)
  • Artist statement (250 words)
  • Statement of purpose elaborating how this Grant will benefit the artist’s practice (250 words)
  • Portfolio of available works in PDF format (10 – 12 works only). Please ensure the file name is that of the artist. 



  • The internal jury will shortlist 18-20 applicants.
  • The shortlisted artist will be required to send the selected physical works for jury review.
  • The external jury will be announced by November 2022 who will select 3 artists to receive the grant. This does not include the Tacita Dean Award.
  • Grant winners will receive a cash prize and will have access to our mentors for a year.
  • We will guide and help in the process for making applications, fine-tune artist statements, and support the proposal process for any residency the awardees wish to apply for.
  • Our internal jury will select a shortlist that will be presented at the Grant Show 2023.


We will continue with the Tacita Dean Award as part of the Inception Grant 2023. Tacita will be reviewing the shortlisted finalists to select an artist to get the award. The award comes with a cash grant!

Dean is a leading global artist and works primarily in film. A Turner prize nominee, and the Hugo Boss and Kurt Schwitters Prize winner is the first artist to open three solo shows in the summer of 2018 in London at the same time at the National Gallery, the Royal Academy, and the National Portrait Gallery. She is known for her mesmerizing 16mm and 35mm films that experiment with narrative and the medium of analogue film, she has worked across other mediums like drawings, photography, and various forms of installation, addressing the culture of obsolescence.