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Residency grant at UNIDEE, Italy


The Foundation has a long-standing partnership with UNIDEE- University of Ideas and Cittadellarte- Fondazione Pistoletto. Together we offer a 2 month long residency through this grant.

Residency Dates: September 17th – November 17th 2018

Deadline for submissions: Monday, 30th April, 2018

Final results will be released on Friday, 8th June, 2018.



This is a two month long educational residency programme based on the relationship between participatory art practices and socio-political transformation of society from September 17th to November 17th 2018.

The structure of UNIDEE – University of Ideas is articulated through three types of activities investigating the relationship between art and public sphere:

  • Weekly residential modules taking place at Cittadellarte, open to students (who can gain ECTS credits), professionals, activists as well as members of society. They are held by mentors who are experts on the three broad thematic areas chosen each year and examined in depth through participatory practices and a multidisciplinary approach.
  • Residency programmes for international artists at Cittadellarte.
  • Connective Residency at Cittadellarte.


The residency includes:

  • Return travel from India to Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto;
  • Visa reimbursement;
  • 2 months stay at Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto (single room in an apartment shared with other international residents – inclusive of cleaning services, use of shared studio space and workshop facilities);
  • Insurance (travel and medical insurance for accidents);
  • Expert visits, networking sessions, institutional visits, visits to museums and galleries, and travel within Northern Italy;
  • A small budget for production, communication and translations;
  • A modest per diem;
  • Attendance at two weekly residential modules scheduled during Fall session of UNIDEE 2018.



You are eligible to apply if (all conditions below must be met):

  • You are a citizen of India;
  • You currently reside in the country;
  • You were born during or after 1983;
  • You have not previously received grants from Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation for overseas projects;
  • You have a fluent knowledge of the English language.


PLEASE NOTE: The residency dates are fixed and no change can be accepted. Once the artist signs the agreement, it is mandatory to respect the given dates.



Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation will prepare an initial short-list of candidates, amongst whom UNIDEE–University of Ideas’ curatorial board will select one residency grant winner.

Final results will be released on Friday, 8th June, 2018.



Please submit your applications with INLAKS/UNIDEE application (your name) as a subject line (Up to 10 MB per email). (If you are submitting more than one email, please state that, for example, as subject: INLAKS/UNIDEE application (your name) 1 of 3 / 2 of 3 / 3 of 3.

Please fill out (in English only) this application form by including your:

  1. Basic / contact information;
  2. Motivation letter, including a project proposal for this specific residency (up to 1000 words). In writing up your proposal, bear in mind that UNIDEE – University of Ideas values process and research based practices: thus, the project you are proposing at the time of your application is not binding and can be implemented while in residence if still relevant.
  3. Artist statement;
  4. Curriculum Vitae;
  5. Portfolio with a selection of relevant work, as follows:
  • Images: Submit up to 10, at 100 dpi and medium-sized
  • Texts: Submit up to 3 examples, published or unpublished
  • Audio files: Submit up to 3 examples at a duration of up to 10 minutes each
  • Videos: Submit only URLs / links with passwords (if need be).

All material must be labelled with surname, followed by an underscore in the file name. For example: John Smith will label his submitted images as Smith_(title of image).jpg.


Only digital submissions are accepted.

Download Application Form