Art Incept began with the Inception Grant for Writers to recognise and include the innovative efforts of the young and emerging art writers from all over South Asia. The Grant has been initiated in the memory of Preet Mendiratta.

Preet Mendiratta (1991-2018), was a freelance writer, musician, art aficionado and a dreamer. This initiative aims to support and recognize the talent and creativity of writers in the field of art and culture by providing grants, each worth INR 50,000.



Noor Butt

Noor Butt is an artist, writer, and educator based in Karachi, Pakistan. She received an MA in History of Art from the University of London, Birkbeck College in 2020, and previously a BFA from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS) in 2017. Her research interests and creative practice focuses on archival history, gender, and image-making in the digital age.
Her professional portfolio includes projects and exhibitions with Koel Gallery, the Karachi Biennale Trust, and Vasl Artists’ Association. As a writer, her essays have been published in ArtNow Pakistan, the Karachi Collective, and Hybrid - Interdisciplinary Journal of Art, Design, and Architecture. Currently, she holds a dual position at IVS, where she is Programme Coordinator in the Graduate Programme and teaches art history courses in the Liberal Arts Programme.

Shankar Tripathi

Shankar Tripathi is an arts writer and curator based in New Delhi. Formally trained in art history from Jamia Millia Islamia, Shankar’s graduate thesis questioned the various structures of visuality and countervisuality that informed travel posters and advertising narratives for India during the jet age of 1940s–1970s.
He has written for Serendipity Arts Festival, The Karachi Collective, ASAP | art, Critical Collective, The Punch Magazine, DeCenter Magazine, India Today, among others. He was one of the recipients of the Second Young Writers Award in Lens Based Practices (2022) given by Critical Collective.

To know more about the winners of Inception Grant For Artists 2024 winners, click here.

The applications for our next edition will open in July-Aug 2024.