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Students’ Biennale 2018

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The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) is proud to announce 



The third edition of the Students’ Biennale invites project proposals from young artists and collectives currently pursuing their BFA (third/fourth/final year) or MFA (first/second year) between the 15th of June, 2018 and 31st July, 2018. Selected projects will receive support in the form of a production grant and an opportunity to travel to Kochi for the 2018 editions of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale and the Students’ Biennale.

Applicants are encouraged to respond to the ideas of how a studio can be situated in the framework of the institution, and how the notion of making can become a process of responding to your context and reflecting beyond.

To apply, submit the completed application form with your details, a recent portfolio (10 MB), project proposal (500 words) and a visual plan for your project (optional). Project proposals may include, but not be limited to, a brief note on your area of interest or concern, details about medium and material, and/or plan of execution.

Organised by the Kochi Biennale Foundation in partnership with FICA and the FIAE and supported by the Tata Trusts, SB is an exhibitory platform which runs parallel to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. A part of the Foundation’s educational initiatives, the Students’ Biennale reaches out to state-funded art colleges across the country, to encourage young artists to reflect on their practice and exhibit on an international stage. The initiative is thus invested in using the potential of a global biennale platform to energise art schools and art production. The Students’ Biennale is supported by Tata Trusts.

The third edition of the Students’ Biennale will involve a multilateral approach, featuring an exhibition, an expanded education forum, and field-based research on the condition of art education as it stands.

The Exhibition will involve participation from schools across India and other SAARC countries, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar. The Foundation will support the complete production of all artworks by the Indian students that participate in SB 2018. The curatorial team consists of individuals who have had long engagements with their own art practices and have been closely associated with prominent institutions across the country. Curators will reach out to selected candidates for further discussions, mentor them and help them develop these projects with guidance from the advisory board at Kochi.


Sanchayan Ghosh
Shruti Ramlingaiah
Krishnapriya C P
Shukla Sawant
K P Reji
M P Nishad

Expanded Education Forum:

Kochi Biennale Foundation, with the support of its partners, seeks to facilitate the creation of an alternative, practice-based arts curriculum as interventions to the existing methods of art education. These will be implemented in selected art institutions by five educators: Kausik Mukhopadhyay, Mriganka Madhukallya, Santhosh S, Sarada Natarajan, and BV Suresh, who will work to design in-depth educational interventions.