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FICA-The Himalayan Fellowship for Creative Practitioners

FICA-The Himalayan Fellowship for Creative Practitioners

FICA-The Himalayan Fellowship for Creative Practitioners

About FICA-The Himalayan Fellowship for Creative Practitioners

The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art, in collaboration with Royal Enfield, is pleased to announce the launch of a new fellowship platform. The Himalayan Fellowship for Creative Practitioners invites applications from creative practitioners working across mediums at the intersection of ecology and cultural knowledge, located in the Western and Eastern Himalayan regions, including the eight Northeastern states. The year-long Fellowship will support selected projects with a grant amount of up to 3 Lakh each towards the development of their projects, building a structured programme entailing components of mentorship and interactive sessions with resource persons, workshops and an exhibition platform.

 

The Fellowship is open to creative practitioners working across any and all mediums: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, video, filmmaking, architecture, design, crafts, installations, performance, literature and oral history.

 

Please note that the Fellowship is open only to creative practitioners from the Indian Himalayan Region, spread across 13 Indian States/Union Territories (namely Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Assam and West Bengal).

 

Outlining the scope of the Fellowship:

 

The Himalayan Fellowship invites creative practitioners to respond to the cultural and ecological urgencies in the Himalayan region, with a particular focus on themes of traditional cultural and knowledge systems, heritage and identity, questions of ecology and biodiversity, environmental justice, sustainability, climate change and natural resources. The Fellowship is outlined as an attempt to extend systems of support to creative practitioners who are working in these regions, responding to such urgencies, developing critical methodologies and highlighting alternative conservation efforts directed at awareness building, advocacy, documentation and community engagement.

 

The Fellowship is open to artists and creative practitioners—individuals and collectives—from the Indian Himalayan Region, which includes the Western and Eastern Himalayas, and the eight Northeast states. Through the aegis of this Fellowship, we are keen to work with and foreground sustainable and ecologically-grounded practices and methodologies that espouse long-term modes of collaboration with people and landscapes that are site-specific, community-oriented, and have strong creative and pedagogic outcomes that can be further activated and disseminated. As a platform encouraging innovative and experimental approaches to artmaking, this Fellowship seeks to spotlight issues related to ecology and intangible cultural heritage, forming closer associations and deep understanding of local cultural and natural resources.

 

Pushing the boundaries of how community engagement is construed, the Fellowship will also be an opportunity for creative practitioners from the region to present their collaborations with local communities and organizations on a more expanded stage, mapping new ways of responding to the needs and concerns of these stakeholders. It hopes to facilitate the exchange of ideas and practices between artists, resource persons, conservationists, and communities, in order to foster, build and strengthen collaborations between these groups and networks, marking a greater investment in the conservation and preservation of resources in and across the Himalayas.

 

Deadline for applications: 15 July 2023

 

To read more about the Fellowship, its scope, the eligibility criteria and for more details on how to apply, click here.

 

To read the open call in Hindi, click here.

 

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