Asia Art Archive in India and Inlaks India Foundation are pleased to announce the open call for AAA–Inlaks Art Grant 2023, dedicated to supporting experimental approaches in art practice today.

The grant will encourage artists to propose methods of art-making that incorporate research, collaboration, workshops, and formal experiments to explore the imaginations, architectures, sensoria, and interfaces of the archive.

This open call seeks proposals that demonstrate a critical and imaginative approach toward the archive as concept, system, and medium. This grant asks artists to consider: 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: such as art, music, cinema, theatre, law, science, medicine, etc.
  • Artists’ personal archives: scrapbooks, letters, diaries, photo albums, etc.
  • Public libraries, databases, inventories
  • Anthologies, timelines, maps, and bibliographies

Grantees will not be expected to submit a completed work at the end of the programme. Applications will be assessed on the basis of clarity and rigour. Proposals that extend ongoing projects are eligible for this grant.

Eligibility: Artists of Indian citizenship, who are currently residing in India, and between the ages of 25 to 35. Collectives are eligible to apply provided all members are Indian citizens under 35 years old.

Past Inlaks grantees (including recipients of other Inlaks grants, awards, or residencies) are not eligible to apply.

Duration of Grant: 15 December 2023 to 14 December 2024

Grant Amount: Up to INR 2,00,000

Deadline for Applications: Monday, 16 October 2023, 12pm IST

Selection Process: Five candidates will be shortlisted for interview. Interviews will be conducted online during the end of November 2023. One grantee will be selected from among those interviewed by a panel consisting of one member from Inlaks and one member from AAA in India. The selected grantee will be contacted by 6 December 2023.


Application Requirements

A completed application form (please click here to fill out the form).

The form consists of two sections:

  1. Applicant and Referee Details

  2. Project Details where a single PDF file (not exceeding 25MB) can be uploaded, consisting of:

    a) Artist statement describing your practice and areas of interest (up to 500 words)

    b) Portfolio of three-to-five of your most recent projects. Audio-video files can be linked to YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.

    c) Two-page CV

    d) Project proposal (up to 1500 words) that includes:

(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;

(iii) a budget of estimated costs for your project based on your proposal and timeline; and

(iv) 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.  

Please submit the completed application form by Monday, 16 October 2023, 12pm IST.

We encourage applicants to reach out to us at and prior to application submission to discuss any questions, clarifications, or concerns. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.


The Inlaks 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-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-I’s Research Collections can be accessed from its space in New Delhi, which has been open to the public since 2016.

Image: “Thank You Card” by Norberto Roldan, 1999. Courtesy of Green Papaya Art Projects, AAA Collections. 

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