Open Call for Tactile Artworks

Open Call for Tactile Artworks

MAP is looking to commission tactile responses to six artworks in the museum’s collection. These will be showcased as part of MAP’s inaugural exhibition Visible / Invisible: Representation of Women in Art through the MAP Collection which will be on view for three years.

The commissioned responses will form a part of the exhibition display and are intended to not only help audiences with vision impairment experience the works better, but also provide an enriched experience for all visitors. The commissioned responses should evoke the essence, spirit or form of the original works, without necessarily being reproductions of the original work. All selected artists will be given due acknowledgement wherever required in the exhibition and on the website.

A Brief Note on the Exhibition

Visible/Invisible is MAP’s opening exhibition and it explores the visual representation of women through artworks in the collection. The exhibition will bring together four key narratives — Goddess and Mortal, Sexuality and Desire, Power and Violence and Struggle and Resistance — that are interconnected, and provide a lens to view these artworks in the context of this exhibition. Ranging from the tenth century to the contemporary, and covering different mediums and artists, approximately 130 artworks are grouped thematically rather than chronologically, to ask questions around gender and art in India and the region.

Important artworks in the collection include a painting titled Devi Pistol Wali by Arpita Singh, photographs of Chapala Sundari Dhar and Rajeshwari by Fazal Sheikh and a phulkari shawl made in the 20th century. The exhibition takes its title to highlight how women’s stories that are visible in public often invisiblise their experiences and work performed in quieter spaces.

To view the list of the artworks for which tactile responses are invited, please click here.

Key requirements

1. Size of the tactile response should not exceed dimensions of the original art work and should be durable as they need to be touched

2. Production needs to be done at the artist’s facility

3. The proposal can be made either for three or all six artworks

4. The budget should not exceed Rs. 3,00,000 for three art responses and Rs. 6,00,000 for all six responses

5. The proposal should outline a detailed approach to all the artwork responses for which the proposal is made (either three or all six)

6. Collaboration with people with disabilities will be encouraged

7. Proposals can be made individually or in groups through the Google form

8. Any format (document, presentation, video) can be used to make the proposal and must include the following:
a. Details about the individual / group making the proposal
b. Details or links to past work (if relevant)
c. An overall approach towards the project including tentative timelines
d. Detailed approach to all the art responses for which the proposal is made and include material used, production process and a break-up of the proposed budget

Timelines

1. Proposals to be submitted latest by July 18, 2022

2. MAP to evaluate the proposals and finalise latest by August 10, 2022

3. MAP may be in touch to discuss your proposal between August 1 & 10, 2022

4. Final responses to be handed over to MAP by September 20, 2022

5. Changes (if any) to be done by September 30, 2022

Click here to submit your response.

FAQs

What are tactile responses to artworks?

Tactile responses provide audiences to experience artworks with touch. The commissioned responses will form a part of the exhibition display of one of MAP’s opening exhibitions, Visible/Invisible: Representation of Women in Art through the MAP Collection. They are intended to not only help audiences with vision impairment experience the works better, but also provide an enriched experience for all visitors.

Can pre-existing art or art from an artist’s portfolio be submitted as tactile responses?

No. This open call is for proposing tactile responses to specific artworks in the exhibition Visible/Invisible: Representation of Women in Art through the MAP Collection. Please refer to the brief note on the exhibition and the key requirements before submitting your application.

Do the responses need to have texture?

Since the works are meant to be tactile in nature, playing with textures and surfaces would be welcome.

How far from the original work can the responses be?

The commissioned responses should evoke the essence, spirit or form of the original works, without necessarily being reproductions of the original work. While it can move away from the original work in terms of form or technique, it should have a clear relationship with one or more aspects of the work. It cannot, therefore, be an entirely artistic response to the subject of the original artwork. 

Is book making a form of tactile artwork technique?

There is no restriction on the technique used to produce the tactile responses. Please submit your proposal along with the materials used, production processes and a break-up of the proposed budget.

Can there be one response to multiple art works?

No. Each artwork requires a different response. Hence, the number of responses will be equal to the number of artworks for which you are making the proposal.

Do I need to be of Indian nationality to send in a proposal?

The applicant does not need to be of Indian nationality but should be residing in India and have an Indian bank account. 

Does the proposal to submit 3 or 6 responses fall under the same time frame?

Yes, proposals for all responses are to be submitted latest by July 18, 2022.

What is the project fee?

The budget should not exceed Rs. 3,00,000 for three art responses and Rs. 6,00,000 for all six responses.

What is the link to the form to submit our proposal?