OPEN CALL: India Artist Relief Fund

OPEN CALL: India Artist Relief Fund

MAP in partnership with 1Shanthiroad Studio has launched a relief fund that seeks to support artists and their work during this difficult time. The relief fund is open to all practicing artists, irrespective of their medium of practice, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, performance and digital media.

Here are the application details:

∗ Artists are invited to send us a brief CV along with a note on their art practice (500+ words) in English or any Indian language.

∗ Please apply with five images of your recent works. You may also send links to your works.

∗ Please include a note elaborating on how this grant will be used and what the intended outcome is expected to be.

∗ Preference will be given to independent practicing artists who are struggling financially and have not received grants/support earlier in the past one year.

∗ Artists will be required to share images of the work produced for internal documentation purposes but are free to use this grant to develop their practice and sell the artworks post documentation.

∗ The deadline for the application is 30 June, 2021.

∗ An independent jury will select 20 artists who will receive 50,000/- each.

∗ Send your application and all the information requested in one email to


Is there an age limit?

Applicants should be 18 and above.

Can non-Indian citizens apply even if they are living in India?

Only Indian citizens may apply.

Is the amount inclusive or exclusive of tax?

The grant is INR 50,000/-. Any tax will have to be paid by the artist.

Can artist collectives or groups apply?

Artists can apply as a collective but the collective must have a bank account. So it would be better for them to decide that one person to represent their collective work for the application, or they ensure they have a bank account for that collective.

Can artists apply to produce material, such as paper or cloth, which is used later to make an art work, or can the funds be used to make material which may not be the final artwork?

The funds must be used to make a final artwork to show at the end of 3 months. So if the funds are being used for producing material, that material should be used to create an artwork which can be presented at the end of the 3 months.

Is the grant open to musicians?

It is not open to musicians. However, it is open for Performance Artists.