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Peers 2024

The Khoj Peers residency program provides emerging artists and creative practitioners a platform for dialogue, experimentation, and exchange. This helps in building a forum and creating a network of young interdisciplinary artists from various art, architecture, new media, performance, performing arts and design disciplines.

About this edition

Now in it’s 20th year, Peers has been one of the pioneering on-site residency programmes at Khoj International Artists’ Association that provides emerging artists from India with an opportunity for exchange and dialogue. It aims to provide young artists a forum for experimentation and interaction with the larger creative community as well as attempts to create a network of diverse artists across mediums and disciplines.

At its core, the Peers program acts as a stepping-stone for young artists, aiding them through a transitional moment in their lives. The program offers them the resources necessary to push the experimental limits of their work, and also provides a supportive learning environment and an introduction into the larger network of the arts.

To mark the momentous occasion of 20 years of Peers, Khoj has restructured the residency model from a four-week residency to six-weeks, providing the residents with a longer-term engagement to develop their practice at large making the Peers 2024 residency a unique, robust and rewarding experience.

During the course of the residency, the Peers 2024 cohort visited the studios of Asim Waqif, Ravi Agarwal, amd Rohini Devasher. They had in-person interactions with Achia Anzi, Anushka Rajendran, Gagan Singh, and Suvani Suri. They participated in a writing workshop facilitated by Annalisa Mansukhani and Vidya Shivadas, FICA, as well as interactive sessions at the Asia Art Archive India, Offset Projects with Anshika Varma and Farm8 with Rashmi Kaleka. Simultaneously, Khoj also organised a Khirkee Walk with community mobilisers, culture managers and Khirkee residents Maryam Kakar and Simran for the residents to situate themselves better within the community. The cohort also visited Old Delhi with the Khoj Production Team. Khoj also collaborated with the Serendipity Arts Foundation to organise a closed door, informal round table session for the residents of both the organisations as well as Annalisa Mansukhani for a special writing workshop for the critic-in-residence.

Special thanks to the jury Achia Anzi, Tanvi Mishra, and Rashmi Kaleka for reviewing the long list of applications provided by the Khoj curatorial team, and selecting the Peers 2024 cohort.

Peers 2024 has been supported by Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation and Tarana Sawhney.

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We are pleased to announce that Khoj is now accepting applications from young emerging creative practitioners, final year MFA students (and those who graduated 2 years ago) and self-taught artists with a minimum of 2 years of experience in the field, for the 20th edition of the Peers artist residency.

This year, the Peers residency will be 6-week long and will provide emerging artists a platform for dialogue, experimentation and exchange.

Applications are now open for 5 Artists-in-Residence, and 1 Critic-in-Residence.

Application requirements for Artists-in-Residence

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Portfolio — Up to 10 images of previous works not exceeding 5 MB (each) to 25 MB (for videos). Each work must have a short concept note or explanatory text accompanying it (.pdf format) OR A pdf of images (25MB limit) along with the concept note and/or explanatory text.
  • 2 References (contact details only)
    *No Letters of Recommendation needed this year.

Application requirements for Critic-in-Residence

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • A one-page Statement of Purpose with up to 1500 words describing your reasons for applying to the program and elaborating on the influences on your work, its current direction, and your research interests.
  • 1 recent piece of writing (published or unpublished; up to 1500 words)
  • 2 References (contact details only)
    *No Letters of Recommendation needed this year.

To submit your application, please fill in this form with the required documents.

Application submission deadline: Sunday, 7th April, 2024
Residency dates: 20th May to 06th July, 2024

Please Note: This opportunity is for Indian nationals only.

The Peers programme is generously supported by the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation.

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