[Reader-list] Call for proposal- Archival Fellowships

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Fri Apr 29 15:27:58 IST 2011

Call for Applications
India Foundation for the Arts announces four fellowships of Rs. 1, 
50,000/- each for a duration of one year, to be awarded to artists and 
curators keen to enrich their practice through engaging in archival 
research and employing materials from the archive for the creation of 
artworks or exhibitions.
These fellowships are a response to the urgent need to activate public 
institutional archives in India, while simultaneously addressing the 
research impulse inherent in artistic and curatorial projects. IFA aims 
to see archives functioning less as mere repositories, and more as 
sites actively influencing discourse and creativity in the arts. 
Through creative interventions by artists and curators keen to 
challenge and enrich their own arts practice, it is hoped that public 
institutional archives will be encouraged to recognise their role as 
active participants in the arts. This endeavour is also in keeping with 
IFA’s objective of nurturing an environment for critical and reflective 
arts practice.
Proposals are solicited from artists and curators who have 
conceptualised a project (either an artistic or curatorial pursuit) 
that requires significant research and access to materials within 
public institutional archives.
To apply, please send us a proposal describing:
a) Your existing practice and your concerns and interests as an artist 
or curator.
b) Your project idea and how your engagement with the archive/s is 
central to the project.
c) The archive(s) you wish to work with and the nature of their 
holding—audio, video, film, photographs, objects, documents and 
d) The proposed outcome of your project and how you imagine this 
outcome will be placed in the public domain.
e) Work plan for the duration of the fellowship.
At the end of the fellowship period IFA will organise a public 
presentation at which the fellows will be expected to share their 
archival research process and explain how this experience has enriched 
their project.
Applications should reach the IFA address below no later than June 30th 
2011. Please ensure that applications be made only in hard copy. Online 
applications will not be accepted. Fellowship awards will be announced 
by August 31, 2011. IFA’s decision on the fellowships will be final.
The proposal will be considered incomplete if you do not include the 
a)   A covering letter addressed to the Executive Director.
b)   An official letter of permission from the archive(s) you wish to 
work with offering their consent to your project requirements. Please 
include the contacts details of the concerned officials.
c)      Supporting material related to your practice.
d)     A recent bio-data including your address, telephone/fax numbers, 
and e-mail address.
General Information
1)      Each fellowship will cover an honorarium, travel and archival 
fees. Fellows have the option of using part of the fellowship amount 
for the production of the proposed outcome with prior permission from 
2)      Please state your identity in the covering letter and bio data 
only, and do not make your identity evident within the proposal.
3)      Your proposal may be assessed with the help of external 
4)      If your proposal is short-listed, you may be requested to 
respond to questions from evaluators.
5)      You are responsible for the delivery of your proposal and 
supporting material to IFA by the closing date. Late applications will 
not be accepted.
6)      Proposals may be written in any Indian language including 
7)      For any queries/clarifications regarding your proposal you may 
Shai Heredia at this email address: shaiheredia at indiaifa.org.
You are eligible to apply if you are an Indian national, or have been 
resident in India for at least five years.
Please address your application to:
The Archival Fellowships,
India Foundation for the Arts,
‘Apurva’, Ground floor, No 259,
4th Cross, Raj Mahal Vilas, 2nd Stage, 2nd Block,
Bengaluru 560094.
Tel: 080 23414681/82
Website: www.indiaifa.org


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