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Residency opportunity at Delfina Foundation with support from Inlaks and Charles Wallace India Trust

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Delfina Foundation (DF) is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to fostering artistic talent and facilitating exchange through residencies and public programmes ranging from workshops to exhibitions, both in the UK and with international partners.


With support from the Charles Wallace India Trust and Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, DF is offering a three-month residency to a curator with Indian citizenship, living and working in India, and under the age of 35.  The residency period is 27 July to 18 October 2015 and will begin during DF’s summer period of open research and overlap with our autumn thematic programme on The Public Domain.  As a result,the residency will particularly benefit those with an interest in cities, social engagement, public art and/or the public domain, both in the physical and virtual sense.


During the residency, DF will develop a loosely structured series of events and activities enabling residents to:


  • Research and develop areas of interest
  • Develop skills via training and mentoring
  • Access information and resources through independent study, field trips and workshops
  • Participate in both internal and external/public events


Typical participants will include young graduates or emerging curators with limited international experience.



  • A twelve-week residency in London, including one return, economy-class flight, and a living allowance for food/per diems and materials;
  • A single bedroom at DF with shared facilities, such as the laundry room, kitchen, and dining room;
  • Opportunities to engage in the art scene in UK through structured and independent time and activities; and
  • Access to a programme of planned group activities and visits to cultural organisations in the UK.



  • An Indian citizen, currently living and working in India;
  • Under the age of 35;
  • Seeking an opportunity to develop your practice and the concepts of your curatorial work;
  • Able to explain how the experience of an international residency may benefit your career development; and
  • Proficient in English.

It is desirable that the applicant has an undergraduate qualification in a relevant discipline.



Applicants are expected to submit:

  • The completed application form
  • A CV detailing recent projects, exhibitions, workshops and residencies
  • A writing sample (an essay, artist profile, press article, etc.)
  • At least 15 high-quality images of your previous projects or exhibitions, which could include unrealised proposals
  • Contact details of one referee


Please submit only electronic copies of the above documents to following email address:


Deadline for applications:  30th March 2015


Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by mid-April 2015.



Delfina Foundation (DF) is more than London’s largest international residency programme – it is a home where the next generation of contemporary artists, curators and thinkers are supported and nurtured.


Based in two newly renovated Edwardian houses near Buckingham Palace, DF is an independent, non-profit organisationdedicated to fostering artistic talent and facilitating exchange through residencies and public programmes ranging from workshops to exhibitions, both in the UK and with international partners. A recent photo tour of our new space was published online in Wallpaper* (please click the link to visit their site).


Established by arts philanthropist Delfina Entrecanales CBE, DF is the successor to Delfina Studio Trust. From 1988 to 2006, Delfina Studio held an unprecedented record for supporting artists through residencies and exhibitions, including more than a dozen Turner Prize nominees such as Mark Wallinger, Jane & Louise Wilson, Tacita Dean, Martin Creed and Glenn Brown as well as renowned artists such as Chantal Joffe, Michael Raedecker, Hangue Yang, EsraErsen,WimDelvoye and Khalil Rabah.


DF is proud to build on this history. Working internationallyDF has hosted artists from 18 different countries over the last six years with a soft focus on practitioners from the greater Middle East and increasingly South Asia. We have commissioned new artworks and programmes, often in partnership with leading institutions including Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum, Serpentine Gallery and Frieze Art Fair in the UK, as well international organisations such as MACBA in Barcelona, Videobrasil in São Paulo, Art School Palestine in Ramallah and Art Dubai – to name a few.


Our work is followed by key arts professionals and our audiences include arts patrons, curators, major art collectors and the general public. Over the last year, DF’s work has been featured inthe Financial Times,The Independent, New York Times, Art Review, Frieze, ArtAsiaPacific, Artforum and The Art Newspaper.





The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation was established by Indoo Shivdasani in 1976 as a permanent platform for his philanthropic activities. The Foundation focuses on providing scholarships, grants and awards in any field to outstanding young Indians to develop their professional, scientific, artistic and cultural abilities.




Charles Wallace India Trust enables Indians in the early to mid stages of their careers to spend time in the UK, helping them to achieve artistic, academic and professional ambitions and to broaden their international contacts.




Guidance notes:


  1. Please send all attachments in one email, preferably all in PDF format.
  2. Please send image files that are high quality but small in size (less than 250KB each is preferable).
  3. Please send a document with captions or descriptions of the submitted examples of your work. 
  4. Ideally, images and captions should be in one document / portfolio, rather than separate files.
  5. Please do not change the formatting of the application and do not exceed the word count.