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Call for Applications | ACTIVATING SPACE: A sculptural enquiry


Khoj is seeking proposals for its up and coming exhibition/project ‘ACTIVATING SPACE: A sculptural enquiry.’

Activating Space at the core is interested in the awakening of Khoj as a physical architectural site, stimulating a multi-sensory experience between the artwork and the structural form it occupies. Play, light, colour, shape, size and unusual materialities become interesting points of departure to intervene with the white shell of Khoj.
Since its refurbishment in 2013,the exterior of the Khoj building, its courtyard, terrace as well as various nooks and crannies have the potential to be explored by artists. Activating Space invites the most unusual, unique and bizarre materials into Khoj to permeate the exterior space and explore realms which otherwise can go by un-noticed. No interior studio or project space will be used in the installation of this exhibition. Activating Space is about the search for innovative materiality and experimental ideas which dissect and occupy space in an interesting and unconventional way.
Khoj invites you to use its pre-existing architecture/facade to sculpturally investigate the form and the site, to ignite a sense of discovery and wonder and to find an interesting dialogue between the two forms. Elements of exploration, disguise, and emphasis are all equally at play as artists are encouraged to explore the divisions of subtly and strength and harmony and contrast in the work and the building.

Selected applicants will receive a production grant of INR 10,000/– to realise their projects at Khoj. The monetary grant is to be equally thought of in a creative and resourceful manner – the challenge of realising a work with 10,000 rupees encourages artists to further push the boundaries of their imaginations and to generate an innovative and active work within a set budget.

Please send the following documents to with “ACTIVATING SPACE Application” in the subject line.
• Updated CV
• 4 images of previous work
• A 500-word project outline
• A sketch of the proposed piece
Last date for sending in applications: March 15

(Please allow 7-10 days after the final deadline to receive a response about the status of your application)

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Q : When is the opening date for ‘Activating Space’?

A: The opening event will be held on April 23rd, 2015.

Q: How much time will I have to install my work?

A: Artists will have 7-10 days before the open day to install their work. Selected applicants will be informed about the final time frame for installation at a later date.

Q: Is this a residency? Can I stay  at Khoj?

A: No, this is technically not a Residency, but Khoj can provide accommodation to artists based outside of Delhi.

Q: Should the application include the proposed site?

A: Yes, if possible!

Q: How long will the work remain on view at Khoj?

A: At least 10 -14 days, but this is subject to the nature of selected works, and selected applicants will be informed of the exact time frame of the exhibit at a later date.

Q: Will the work permanently remain installed at Khoj?

A: No. Please propose works that do not involve any long term or permanent damages to the Khoj building.

Q: Can I visit the Khoj building to see the space and ask more questions?

A: Yes! You can also directly mail us at ‘’ or call us at ’91-11-65655874′