Recognizing and supporting emerging talent in visual arts


  • Artist from South Asia ages 21-35 years (as of November 1, 2021).
  • The grant has been extended to artists from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
  • Practice must fit the contemporary genre
  • Format and media not a constraint. 
  • Illustrations, graphic design, photography, and decorative art are not within the mandate.
  • 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





    • Jury will shortlist 20 applicants by November 15, 2021

    • Shortlisted artist will be required to send 3 physical works for review and grant show  by December 15, 2021

    • External jury will evaluate and pick the 3 artists for the grant.  External jury will be announced soon.

    • Final selection by January 15, 2022.

    • Grant categories –

      • Inception Grant –  India (Rs 100,000),

      • Inception Grant – South Asia (Rs 50,000),

      • Inception Grant – Print (Rs 50,000)

    • Grant winners will have access to our  mentors for a period of 12 months

    • We will attempt to place the Inception Grant Awardee at a residency of our choice


    • 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 practice (250 words)
    • Portfolio of works (10 – 12 works only). Be selective.  

To apply email with subject line Grant application 2022.

Please ensure the portfolio that is attached is in PDF format and in the name of the artist.