Open Call: residency opportunity for artists and curators living in India

In partnership with the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, we are offering an artist or curator of Indian citizenship, aged 35 or under, the opportunity of a five week residency.


Residency dates:
14 August – 17 September 2017

Open call:
13 March – 17 April 2017

17 April 2017, 24:00 G.M.T.

Winner announced:
May 2017





The successful applicant, chosen through an open call, will be in residence alongside five other award winners, each with their own studio space and accommodation.

Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation

The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation was established by Indoo Shivdasani in 1976 as a permanent platform for his philanthropic activities. The Foundation focuses on providing scholarships, grants and awards in any field to outstanding young Indians to develop their professional, scientific, artistic and cultural abilities. Read more>>

The Residency 

For detailed information about Spoleto, Anna Mahler and Sol LeWitt, please click here.

The Mahler & LeWitt Studios residencies value personal space for creative reflection whilst also encouraging in-depth and dynamic working relationships to evolve between peers and an engagement with the region. A rich network of professionals – artists, gallerists, art historians and curators – in Umbria and internationally are brought together by the program. Each residency is facilitated in response to an individual’s needs and interests.

The responsive nature of the residencies, inspired by encounters within the town, Umbria or with other artists, tends to encourage experimentation. The Studios curator helps facilitate events or exhibitions, when appropriate, during the residencies. Further to this, informal weekly events are arranged for visiting artists with curators, writers, historians and artisans. Both visiting artists and locals may contribute to the program which has included film screenings, talks and workshops.

A public presentation – The Mahler & LeWitt Studios residency program concentrates on the process of research and development. However, at the end of the session each resident is asked to present their work (in progress) to a public audience. Previous presentations have taken the form of exhibitions, conversations, screenings, performances or workshops.

Documentation – As part of the process of evaluating the residency and reflecting on their work in Spoleto, each resident is asked to develop a contribution to an end-of-year Mahler & LeWitt Studios publication, made available online and in print. Previous contributions have included interviews with the curator, texts, original artworks or a combination of all three.


Selection of residents is predominantly made on the quality of the artistic work and its suitability for development in the context of a residency at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios. We recommend that applicants familiarise themselves with our previous projects and residencies, in order to understand the kind of work we might be able to facilitate. Information on our 2010 – 2014 projects can be found at, and for projects between 2015 – 2016 at We recommend applicants read the ‘About’ sections on both websites.

The residency opportunity is for emerging and mid-career artists and curators. We are open to artists working in any media and are particularly interested in applicants who are exploring new ways of developing their practice.

The following criteria will be followed when the selection committee appoints a resident:

  1. The quality of the applicant’s creative work.
  2. The extent to which the applicant’s proposal reflects the Mahler & LeWitt Studios program and the opportunity this award offers.
  3. The potential for the award to have a significant impact on the applicant’s creative development.

We are interested in receiving proposals from applicants who can demonstrate a particular interest in visiting the Mahler & LeWitt Studios or Italy more generally, however applications which do not demonstrate this will be considered equally. We will look for candidates whose needs and interests are compatible with our facilities and expertise.

Successful applicants will be:

  • Proficient English speakers. However, no prior knowledge of Italian is necessary
  • Indian citizens
  • Aged 35 or under


Open Call: 13 March – 17 April 2017 (Submissions deadline 24:00, G.M.T. 17 April)

The following information is required from applicants:

  • A portfolio of work as a PDF attachment under 15mb. It should include recent work and contextualise this with reference to older work.
  • A covering letter, up to 600 words in length, with a summary of the applicant’s practice and explaining why they are a suitable candidate for the residency.

Please email all applications to:

All applicants will be contacted via email by 30 April. Short-listed applicants will be invited to a Skype interview, scheduled for the first week of May. Short-listed applicants will then be contacted on 8 May with a final decision.

What the Mahler & LeWitt Studios residency offers

  • Accommodation and studio space in the Mahler & LeWitt Studios complex for the five week residency.
  • 24 hour access to studios.
  • Curatorial support in the lead up to and during the residency. Including assistance in developing new work; critical feedback, sourcing materials and, where appropriate, facilitating public events and exhibitions.
  • Administrative and pastoral support in the lead up to and during the residency.
  • A program of excursions and meetings, tailored to each residents interests.

Direct Financial Support

  • 30 euros per diem for living expenses and other amenities.
  • A reasonable allowance for materials.
  • Travel: Economy flights from India to Italy (Rome) with train transfers to Spoleto.

Important Information

Visas and Travel Insurance – The successful applicant is responsible for organising their own visas and travel insurance; the Mahler & LeWitt Studios and INLAKS cannot cover these expenses.

Waiver of Liability and General Release – All residents at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios are required to sign a waiver absolving the studios from responsibility of personal injury during the residencies.


For any enquiries please contact: Guy Robertson, Curator and Co-Director 0044 7735459614.

Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation

It prides itself on being open to a wide range of subjects, many of which are not covered by other fund-giving bodies. Over the last three decades, more than 400 scholars have benefited from overseas scholarships while another 150 have received awards and Take-Off Grants in India. The list of Inlaks alumni reflects the diversity of scholars that the Foundation has supported.

In response to a vibrant and flourishing art scene globally and within India, the Foundation has increased its support to young practitioners in the field of Fine Arts. Significant painters and sculptors supported by the Foundation include Jagannath Panda, Rekha Rodwittiya, N.N.Rimzon, Gigi Scaria, Vasudevan Akkitam, Manisha Parekh, Sonia Khurana, Sheela Gowda, Shaina Anand, Sakshi Gupta, Hemali Bhuta and Chinmoy Pramanick all of whom have contributed considerably to the fabric of Indian art. While some of these artists have been recipients of the Inlaks scholarships to universities abroad for graduate degrees in the Fine Arts, others have been recipients of the Inlaks Fine Arts Awards that aid them to commence their artistic projects within India.

The Foundation has collaborated with the Royal College of Art for several years and supports artists at residencies at Gasworks – London, Darling Foundry- Montreal, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto Biella – Italy, Rijksakademie – Amsterdam, Skowhegan, Maine – USA, and Delfina Foundation – London.   Within India, artists are supported at KHOJ in New Delhi, BAR-1 in Bangalore, Sandarbh in Partapur, Rajasthan, What About Art, Mumbai, Studio 118, and Cona in Mumbai, Heritage Hotel in Goa, and  Taj-Ske residencies, Bangalore, The Foundation has also supported a curatorial lab,  in the School of Art and Aesthetics, at the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.  Among the more recent supports in the Arts field the Foundation has made are that  a curator is supported at the MRes programme at Goldsmiths University in London and a young museum professional gets to attend the International Training Programme at the British Museum in London.