Asia Art Archive in India and Inlaks India Foundation are pleased to announce the open call for AAA–Inlaks Art Grant 2022, dedicated to supporting experimental approaches to practicing art today.

The aim of the grant is to encourage artists to propose and test forms of art-making that incorporate research, collaboration, workshops, and formal experiments, as a way to explore imaginations, architectures, sensoria, and interfaces of the archive while looking at existing archives.

This open call seeks proposals that demonstrate a critical and imaginative approach around the archive as concept, as systems, and as medium. The provocation to artists applying for this grant is: What shall we do with the archive?

Candidates are invited to propose projects that engage with any of the following:

  • Archives pertaining to any field: art, music, cinema, theatre, law, science, medicine, and meteorology to name a few
  • Artists’ personal archives: scrapbooks, letters, diaries, photo-albums, etc.
  • Public libraries, databases, inventories
  • Anthologies, timelines, maps, and bibliographies
  • Time travel

No outcome in the form of a finished artwork is expected for this grant. Applications will be assessed on the basis of how clearly ideas have been formulated and how rigorously they propose to be explored. Proposals with projects that are a continuation of ongoing work are eligible to apply for this grant. As mentioned above, proposals that incorporate research, collaboration, workshops, and formal experimentation will be given preference.

Eligibility: Artists of Indian citizenship residing in India between the age of 25-to-35. Collectives are eligible to apply provided all members are Indian citizens and not more than 35-years-old.

Duration of Grant: One year; 1 August 2022–31 July 2023

Grant Amount: Up to Rs. 2,00,000

Deadline for Applications: Sunday, 19 June 2022

Selection Process: Five candidates will be shortlisted for interviews on the basis of their applications. The interviews will be conducted online in mid-July 2022; and one grantee will be selected from among those interviewed by a panel consisting of one-to-two external members, one member from Inlaks, and one member from AAA in India. The selected grantee will be contacted by 20 July 2022.


Applications Requirements

  1. A completed application form (please click here to fill out the form)
  2. A two-page CV
  3. A portfolio of 3–5 of your most recent projects compiled in a single PDF file; audio-video files can be sent as links to online platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud
  4. An Artist Statement with description of your practice and areas of interest (up to 250 words)
  5. A project proposal (up to 1000 words) which should include:
    (i) a short description of the intended/ongoing project, and your research responding to any of the themes listed in this open call;

(ii) a timeline for the project’s different stages and potential platforms; and

(iii) archives/collections/individuals you intend to access/visit.

The proposal does not have to be definitive and can change during the course of the one-year period of this grant in consultation with AAA & Inlaks representatives.

  1. A budget of estimated costs for your project based on your proposal and timeline

Please send the documents specified above to both and by Sunday, 19 June 2022.

We encourage applicants to reach out to us at the email addresses specified above prior to submitting the application to discuss any questions, clarifications, or concerns. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.

The Inlaks India Foundation was established by Indoo Shivdasani in 1976 as a permanent platform for his philanthropic activities. The foundation focuses on providing scholarships, grants, and awards in any field to outstanding young Indians to develop their professional, scientific, artistic, and cultural abilities.

Asia Art Archive in India (AAA in I) is an Independent Registered Public Charitable Trust established in 2013 with the goal of building resources for research on the region’s dynamic contemporary art scene. It accomplishes this mission by digitising artist and scholarly archives, developing research projects, and organising programmes. AAA in I’s Research Collections can be accessed from its space in New Delhi, which has been open to the public since 2016.

You can view the work of the previous AAA-Inlaks art grantee here.

Image: Motohiko Odani, I Kejime. Part of Rashid Rana’s project for 15 Invitations, Asia Art Archive.

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