India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) invites applications for Explorations
Under its Arts Practice programme

  • Deadline: Friday, September 09, 2022

Click here to read the call in other Indian languages

The Arts Practice programme seeks to implement projects where artists expand their present range of practices in new directions. These could question accepted conventions, push new frontiers in content, form and medium, explore new modes of engagement with space, audience and communities, foregrounding a spirit of experimentation.

Programme Officer John Xaviers invites applications under the Explorations category ​of the Arts Practice programme


While practicing the arts, we might sometimes stumble upon an idea or feel an urge to venture into a direction that is fresh and exciting. However, given the context and location of our practice, these ideas may be unfamiliar and thus the foray into them seem tentative and uncertain. We may at the time know nothing about where it will lead us or what it might mean for our present practice. And yet we feel the draw, understand its import and the necessity of following through. A little support at these times may be of help.

Under the Arts Practice programme, we invite proposals for such Explorations that seek to probe, test and play around with ideas nascent, risky or unprecedented. These may or may not lead into the making of an artwork later on. This could include researching, script-writing, location scouting, animatics, jamming, storyboarding, rehearsing, sampling, robotics, lab explorations and other forms of exploratory work that are used to examine ideas.

Budget: Up to a maximum of Rs 75,000/-

Deadline: September 09, 2022
(Please note that this deadline will not be extended)

Who can apply?

The programme invites proposals from practitioners working within as well as across disciplines. These could include:

Performing artists working in music, sound, text, dance, movement, theatre, puppetry, storytelling, magic, circus and other performance arts
Visual artists working across all forms including film (documentary and fiction), animation, photography, installation, new media, Artificial Intelligence, robotics, interactive arts, gaming, painting, sculpture, printmaking, comic book, graphic narrative, artist book and other visual arts Curators, especially those working outside of the gallery context
Poets, novelists, playwrights working with literary arts
Practitioners engaged in interdisciplinary work


You are eligible to send project proposals if you are an Indian national. Your collaborators too must be Indian nationals. For details, please click here.

Proposal Submission:
Send us your application with the following:

Your existing arts practice, concerns and interests as a practitioner
Details of the Exploration you want to pursue and the reason why
Detailed timeline and budget
Examples of earlier work
Your CV with address, phone number and email ID
You can write your proposal in any Indian language, including English.

Please note that we only accept applications via email. IFA encourages projects in Indian languages other than English.

Send your final application in a single email not more than 25 MB to John Xaviers, Programme Officer, Arts Practice at with the Subject Line: Project Proposal for Explorations (Arts Practice) on or before Friday, September 09, 2022.

For any queries and clarification regarding your proposal, please write to

Selection Process:

Shortlisted proposals will be evaluated by an external panel and applicants will be required to present their project ideas to the panel.

All selected projects will be implemented by IFA.

The Arts Practice programme in 2022-2023 is supported by Sony Pictures Entertainment Fund.