Call for Proposals : The Arts Practice Programme

The Arts Practice programme supports critical practice in the arts. It encourages practitioners working across artistic disciplines to question and critique existing norms through their practice. The programme seeks to foreground a culture where arts practice is constantly being shaped and articulated through experimentation and critical dialogue.

To know more and apply, click here

In this video, programme executives Sumana Chandrashekar and Shubham Roy Choudhury
talk about the Arts Practice programme and how you can apply:

Proposals are invited from practitioners, for projects that could:

  • Challenge prevalent idioms and conventions of practice
  • Counter market norms and standardisations
  • Push new frontiers in terms of content, form and medium
  • Explore new modes of engagement with audiences

The programme is open to multiple readings of the ‘critical’ and encourages practitioners to articulate this in their own context.

Proposals will be accepted under the following grant categories:

  • For projects that lead to a performative, aural, visual, or, literary work : up to INR 5,00,000
  • In case these projects need to be preceded by a separate period of research or exploratory work : up to INR 2,00,000
  • For conceptualising and organising public platforms like conferences and seminars that facilitate critical dialogue, debate, sharing and discussion among diverse stakeholders of arts practice : up to INR 6,00,000
  • For innovatively-modelled artist residencies and workshops that nurture artists, encourage collaborations and facilitate experimentations : up to INR 6,00,000

Grants may be available for dissemination of work that has been created with IFA support. These dissemination projects can be developed through interactions with the programme executive. Grant amount will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Who can apply?
The programme invites proposals both from practitioners working within, as well as, across disciplines:

  • Performing and performance artists working in the areas of music, sound, text, dance, movement, theatre, puppetry, storytelling, magic, circus and other forms
  • Visual artists working across all forms including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, film, graphic art, and new media
  • Poets, novelists, playwrights working in the literary arts
  • Curators and all practitioners engaged in interdisciplinary work and / or working outside conventional spaces or contexts

How can you apply?
Proposals can be sent at any time of the year. You are welcome to discuss your ideas and develop your proposal through an interaction with the programme executive.

To apply, please send us a short note describing

  • Your existing arts practice, concerns and interests as a practitioner
  • The nature of the proposed project and why you wish to work on it
  • How the proposed project addresses the programme

Draft proposals in audio/video format are welcome too. Applicants can also visit the IFA office to share their project ideas with the team. For this, please arrange a meeting with the programme executive in advance.

This programme does not follow an annual schedule, and welcomes applications through the year.

With a view to contribute to discourse in language contexts, IFA specifically encourages proposals in Indian languages other than English.

If your proposal falls within the ambit of the programme, the process of developing and evaluating proposals might take up to three months. Please bear this in mind when you apply to us. You can expect to hear from us within two weeks of receipt of your draft proposal.

You are eligible to apply if you are an Indian national, a registered non-profit Indian organisation, or have been residing in India for the last five years. Your collaborators, if any, should also fall into one of the previously mentioned categories.
(For more on our eligibility criteria please click here)

For any questions or enquiries, please write to
Sumana Chandrashekar, Senior Programme Executive at or
Shubham Roy Choudhury, Programme Executive at

You can also write to:
Programme Executive, Arts Practice
India Foundation for the Arts,
‘Apurva’ Ground Floor, No 259, 4th Cross,
Raj Mahal Vilas 2nd Stage, 2nd Block,
Bangalore-560 094.
Phone: 080-2341 4681 / 82

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Berlin Theatertreffen International Forum – open call

The Berlin Theatertreffen International Forum is a two-week programme with an international call for applications. It is aimed at professional theatre makers up to the age of 35 years, whose artistic focus lies in the area of drama.

The Forum sees itself as a platform for comprehensive theoretical and practical exchange. The International Forum 2018 will take place from 4 to 20 of May.

The programme consists of workshops with artists invited to the Theatertreffen, the attendance of performances of Theatertreffen and Stückemarkt as well as the attendance of the further programme of the Theatertreffen. Participants will receive a grant.

Detailed information about the grant programme and applications for the International Forums 2018 can be found here:
International Forum: Open Call 2018 [PDF, 91 KB]
International Forum: Application form 2018Application form 2018 [PDF, 45 KB]

Deadline for applications: 15 December 2017

For more follow the link

CFP: The Digital Dissertation: History, Theory, Practice (an eBook & Database Project)

The Digital Dissertation: History, Theory, Practice

A Database and eBook Project

Virginia Kuhn, Kathie Gossett (eds.)

Abstract submission: 12 January 2018

Humanities scholars recognize the growing importance of digital media in knowledge production and distribution. However, recognition does not imply acceptance. How does one negotiate digital scholarship in an academy that remains largely print based in its outputs? The most valued scholarship is still the book, monograph, or journal article, and this not only limits the audience for humanities research to university scholars, but also limits its forms of argumentation to a primarily Western, linearly structured way of thinking. That is, relying on one mode of communication limits what can be said and to whom it can be said, making the humanities insular rather than allowing it to take advantage of opportunities to communicate with the broader public. In their study, The Responsive PhD, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, argues that “scholarship is the heart of the doctorate” and that programs need to ask “What encourages adventurous scholarship? What retards and discourages it?” Adventurous scholarship requires “new paradigms,” which demand an examination of the often unarticulated philosophies that govern what qualifies as legitimate scholarship.

How do these “new paradigms” play out in the context of the dissertation? While digital dissertations have been around for twenty years or more, the precise processes by which they are defined, created and defended remain something of a mystery. Is an interactive pdf significantly different than its paper-based counterpart? What specific possibilities can a digitally networked environment offer that are impossible without its affordances? How are dissertation committees able to gauge the quality of natively digital work? What support systems and processes do students need to complete these types of projects? How do precedents prove helpful in defending one’s choice to create a digital dissertation? How do digital projects change the ways faculty members advise dissertations?

This project, The Digital Dissertation: History, Theory, Practice, will consist of a definitive database of digital dissertation projects as well as an ebook whose chapters explore the larger implications of digital scholarship across institutional, geographic and disciplinary divides.

There are two ways to participate:

1. Complete this brief survey about the work <a href="http://”&gt; (which will form a database) by January 12, 2018.

2. Complete this brief survey about the work <a href="http://”&gt; (which will form a database for others) and submit a 300–500 word proposal by January 12, 2018 for a chapter in the e-book which responds to the most salient issue/s surrounding the digital dissertation and the ways that students and committee members managed the possibilities and obstacles inherent in this type of work. We imagine these chapters as being 3000 to 5000 words in length and due on May 11, 2018. Authors will be notified in early February.

Please send proposals and/or any questions about the project to Kathie Gossett ( ) and Virginia Kuhn ( ).