Creative India Residency at Gasworks: January – March 2013

Applications now open for January – March 2013.

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Deadline for application: 10 September 2012

The successful applicant will be notified by the end of September 2012

The residency comprises:

  • accommodation and basic living expenses in London
  • materials/production budget
  • a studio at Gasworks
  • an artist’s talk and Open Studio, or similar public presentations, at Gasworks
  • administrative, pastoral and curatorial support from Gasworks
  • exposure to UK sculptural institutions and their curatorial teams
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The support, networks and creative environments that Gasworks can offer will provide the artist with the means to research and experiment with new work.

The Creative India Residency is open to emerging and mid-career established artists living and working in India. The selected artist should be able to engage discursively and speculatively with Gasworks’ environments and London’s wider artistic and cultural context.

Creative India Foundation

The Creative India Foundation (CIF) was founded in August 2010 to promote awareness of Indian art and culture and enhance its appreciation throughout the world. As its first initiative, CIF has undertaken the task of enhancing the presence of Indian Sculptors globally. The Foundation has been creating opportunities for Indian sculptors to explore and push their creative horizons internationally as part of residency programs, exhibitions, and sculpture festivals. The Foundation’s future plans include building a world-class residency program in India. This unique space will facilitate the exchange of ideas and practices among talented sculptors from around the world. The opportunities that the Creative India Foundation provides for Indian, as well as international sculptors will prepare the artists’ practice for the Foundation’s most ambitious project: building an international sculpture garden in India.

Artists’ Brief, 2013

This research based residency aims to support new approaches to and interests in the practice of sculpture in the broadest sense. Please do note that applicants are NOT required to have experience in working within the tradition of sculpture. However they should have an interest in engaging with the medium and exploring its role and possibilities within the wider context of contemporary art practice. They could, for instance, be interested in researching or responding to an artwork in the public space.

To be considered for the residency, applicants should outline themes for research that they would like to carry out during their stay in London. These should constitute a proposal specific to the context of London. This proposal should be a starting point for the development of an artwork, preferably intended as a an installation or a site-specific piece for public spaces.

The residency is process-led and open-ended, as such it is focused on the development of a project rather than a finished product. All Gasworks residencies culminate in an Open Studio weekend where the artist has an opportunity to present work in progress to the public and local curators.

The Creative India Residency is open to emerging and mid-career established artists living and working in India, whose practices currently involve sculpture and installation elements or who wish to experiment or include sculptural elements in their practice.

Application procedure

We prefer digital applications in PDF documents, or Word format. There is a 10MB limit on each email sent to us but you can send your file via if necessary.

Your application should include:
1. A statement outlining your plans, if you were to offered the residency, which could include a short description of your research project and of what you would create if you were asked to make an installation or public work (300 word max)

2. An artist’s statement describing your practice and areas of interest in your work (250 word max)

3. A minimum of 10 images of recent work in a separate, concise PDF-file, with captions and a short description if necessary. Postal applications are also accepted but please do not send originals.

4. A curriculum vitae

5. Any relevant documentation (e.g. articles or papers about the work or exhibitions, publications, etc).

6. A cover sheet with name, contact address, e-mail, telephone and fax numbers if available, plus confirmation that you will be available between January-March 2013 if selected.

Applications should be emailed to:

Jacoba Bruneel
Residencies Assistant, Gasworks

If you prefer to post your application, please send it to:

Rowan Geddis
Residencies Programmer
Gasworks International Residency Programme
155 Vauxhall Street
London SE11 5RH

Selection and eligibility

The residency is open to contemporary visual artists working in ALL disciplines, however one must note the restricted facilities. Emerging and mid career artists involved in high quality art practice who have not had the opportunity to work in London before are prioritised.

Applying artists should have a good level of spoken English, and should feel comfortable engaging in artistic discussions in English.

Gasworks and Creative India will create a shortlist, from which a panel of representatives of both organisations will select the artist.

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