India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) is an independent, nationwide, not-for-profit organisation that makes grants and implements projects across research, practice and education in the arts and culture across India, since 1995. We have supported over 750 projects disbursing over Rs 26.65 crore (USD 3.54 million) across the country. The outcomes of these projects—as books, films, performances, exhibitions, games, websites, and archival materials—have been circulating in the public domain through showcases, presentations, seminars, screenings, lecture demonstrations, and festivals, helping widen access and encouraging broader participation in the arts.
Project 560 is an IFA initiative for Bangalore. Taking its name from the first three digits of Bangalore’s pincode, Project 560 proposes to encourage artists, scholars, institutions, and neighbourhoods to engage creatively and critically with the city. In doing so, it aims to provide citizens with a kaleidoscopic experience of exploring the city that would enable them to reimagine the city and their relationship with it, in novel ways.
About the Proposal
IFA seeks to implement Curated Artistic Engagements on Bangalore that reflect upon the city by asking questions or by offering multiple imaginations of the cosmopolis. Engagements could include storytelling, music, performances, installations, exhibitions, gaming, lecture-performances, public discussions and other such activities that would offer new perspectives, foreground unheard voices, and encourage people to reimagine the city through the arts and culture. The presentation of these curatorial engagements must be public and in a physical format, with virtual elements in part, if necessary. (We do not encourage only virtual presentations.)
Duration of the project: 8-10 activities have to take place at regular intervals within 12 months
Budget: Up to a maximum of Rs 5 lakh
Independent curators and artists can apply. Individuals, who may be connected with collectives and organisations that have the bandwidth and inclination to sustain year-long Curated Artistic Engagements, that engage with the public domain in Bangalore, are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be based in Bangalore and the project has to be undertaken in Bangalore.
India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) implements Projects under its various programmes. The criteria for eligibility to apply under these programmes are as follows:
- Only Indian nationals can apply. This does not include PIO (Persons of Indian Origin) and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) Card Holders.
- Applicants must have PAN card and one of the following for proof of identity and citizenship – Indian Passport or Aadhar Card or Voter’s ID in India
- Only individuals can apply. Organisations of any kind cannot apply
- If there are collaborators in the projects, they must also be Indian nationals
- Persons who have a past history of financial delinquency with IFA are not eligible
- Persons who have failed to deposit at IFA agreed deliverables from an earlier IFA grant are not eligible
- Persons who have previously received a letter from IFA disallowing them from applying in the future for any reason are not eligible
- More than one individual can apply if they have a joint account. If they do not, then only one among them should apply with the others as collaborators
How to Apply
Send us a proposal with details of:
- Your ongoing curatorial/ artistic practice and your concerns about Bangalore
- The curatorial idea, work plan, and the kinds of people and spaces you want to engage with
- Detailed timeline and budget
Additionally, please include with your proposal:
- Supporting materials such as writings, photographs, audio/video recordings of earlier work
- A recent biodata including your postal address, telephone numbers, and e-mail address
You may choose to write your proposal in any Indian language, including English.
If you wish to discuss project ideas before sending your proposal or have queries regarding the same, please write to John Xaviers, Programme Officer – Arts Practice at email@example.com. Your final proposal, along with all supporting materials, should be submitted online in a single email not exceeding 25 MB to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that proposals that are incomplete or that have been received from applicants who do not fall within the eligibility criteria will be disregarded.
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