Applications Closed

About Delfina Foundation

Delfina Foundation is dedicated to facilitating artistic exchange and developing creative practice through residencies, partnerships and public programming. Our residency programme supports artists, curators and thinkers to collectively explore specific themes or to independently engage in open research. A one-minute introduction video to Delfina Foundation can be watched here.

Delfina Foundation’s residency programmes are divided into seasons of the year that are either dedicated independent research (“open seasons”) or focused on areas of collective research (“thematic seasons”) across five recurring programmes:

  • The Politics of Food – on the production, consumption and distribution of food as well as food as a medium and metaphor to expose wider social and cultural concerns.
  • Performance as Process – on performance, from daily rituals to live art, as a way of processing the world around us.
  • science_technology_society – at the intersection between art, science and technology and new solutions through interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • Collecting as Practice – on the politics, psychology and philosophy of collecting and the role of collectors and artists in relation collections and archives.
  • The Public Domain – on the notion of public space, both in the physical and digital sense.


This residency in partnership with Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, Charles Wallace India Trust and Emami Art will be part of Delfina Foundation’s Performance as Process programme in autumn 2023, from September 25th to December 17th.


About Performance as Process

Performance as Process brings together a wide range of cultural practitioners to explore the role ‘performance’ – from daily routines to public protests to religious rituals – plays in society. The programme considers performance as a way of approaching and understanding the world, just as much as it is a medium of producing art or engaging with the public.

Residents are invited to research, create new work, meet, collaborate, share skills, and reflect on the performative aspect of their artistic practice. 

More information on the programme and previous editions can be found (INSERT LINK)

The programme will be complemented by:

  • a dynamic and critical public programme featuring workshops, panel discussions and events on and off site in collaboration with UK Associates, international residencies and global as well as UK-based institutions.
  • an internal programme of events between UK Associates and international residents, creating a focused environment to foster collaboration, incubate ideas and support the development of new projects.



  • A twelve-week residency in London, including one return, economy-class flight, and a living allowance for food/per diems (£30 per day) and a materials budget of £1000;
  • A single bedroom at Delfina Foundation, which is a shared house with some 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 opportnity to present work or the outcomes of the residency research publicly.
  • Local travel allowance and airport transfers
  • Visa costs



  • Must be living and working in one of the following two regions of India
  • The North Eastern Region of India, the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
  • The East Region of India, the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and

West Bengal the union territory Andaman and Nicobar islands;

  • Must be an Indian national and not restricted from travelling abroad;
  • Seeking an opportunity to develop his/her/their practice and the concepts of his/her/their artistic work;
  • Able to explain how the experience of an international residency may benefit his/her/their career development and local networks;
  • Proficient in English;
  • Should be under 40 years of age;
  • Must not have previously benefitted from overseas opportunities provided by Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation.

The selected artist will need to provide a written report to Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, Charles Wallace India Trust and Emami Art upon completion of the residency.



Applicants are expected to submit the following documents:

  1. Completed application form
  • Upon completion, please save the Application Form as a PDF format.
  • Please name this document in the following format, substituting your own name: LastName_FirstName_Application.pdf
  1. Documentation: either a portfolio or weblinks


  • One PDF file with all images and texts
  • Images must include captions or short descriptions of the work
  • There are no maximum number of images that will be accepted, but we advise applicants to only submit relevant images to reduce the size of email submissions to 4MB.
  • For videos/films, please provide links in the application form. DO NOT SEND AS ATTACHMENTS.
  • In your portfolio, please feel free to include any relevant text on your work such as a curatorial essay, press, etc.
  • Please name this document in the following format, substituting your own name: LastName_FirstName_Portfolio.pdf


  • As an alternative to a portfolio, we are happy to refer to the applicant’s website.
  • The website must, however, have clear descriptive information about previous projects with captions and texts. If your website is not straightforward or up-to-date, please submit a portfolio instead.
  • Please list all weblinks in section 5 of the application form.
  1. A CV/resume
  • If your CV is not part of your portfolio, please send it separately.
  • Your CV should detail recent projects, exhibitions, workshops and residencies.
  • Please name this document in the following format, substituting your own name: LastName_FirstName_CV.pdf


Applications Closed

Interviews : week of 10th April 2023.

Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by the end of April 2023.


How to submit your application:

Applications Closed

  • The subject line of your email should be: Inlaks/CWIT/Emami Art Residency.
  • Please send all attachments in one email.
  • The total size of the attachments should be below 4MB. There are many free websites you can use to compress large PDF files.
  • Do not change the formatting of the application form and do not exceed the stated word counts.
  • Do not include any important information in the body of your email. It will not be recorded as part of your application.
  • Do not attach anything other than the three documents outlined above.
  • Only information in your application form and the requested documents will be assessed, alongside any weblinks provided by the applicant.




Aseng Borang


Soumya Sankar Bose


Priyanka D’Souza


Salik Ansari


Madhu Das


Avani Tanya


Deepa Bhasthi


Gitanjali Dang


Pallavi Paul


Delfina Website: