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Charles Wallace India Trust and Gasworks have an ongoing partnership to offer a fully funded residency at Gasworks in London. Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation became joint partners in 2011. The Foundation was established in 1976 by Indoo Shivdasani as a permanent platform for his philanthropic activities and focuses on providing scholarships, grants and awards in any field for outstanding young Indians to develop their professional, scientific, artistic and cultural abilities.

The residency, which will take place from 2 April to 18 June 2018, is open to emerging or mid-career Indian artist under the age of 40 and resident in India. Gasworks’ residencies are opportunities for self-led professional development, artistic exchange and experimentation and this year’s residency offers the opportunity to engage with the project Working Practices, a collaborative programme devised by Clark House Initiative, Mumbai, and The Showroom, London, with an exhibition curated by Sumesh Sharma taking place at The Showroom in May 2018. The project will look at the undercurrents of caste, class and Blackness, drawing on the connections between the British Black Arts movement and Indian contemporary art. It will look at the ways in which artists are seeking social change and justice through their practices, with some works critically addressing contemporary labour and living conditions.  

Established by Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma, Clark House Initiative is a curatorial collaborative and a union of artists based in Mumbai concerned with ideas of freedom. Their programme and approach to commissioning has strong affinities with The Showroom, which itself has a track record of linking experimental artistic practice to a range of communities of interest and political concerns.

Please note that The Showroom is not obliged to show the works devised as part of the residency in the exhibition and the final decision on what will be included lies with The Showroom and Clark House Initiative.

The Residency Comprises:
- 24-hour access to a fully accessible studio at Gasworks, alongside other visiting artists and Gasworks’ permanent studio holders.
- An Open Studio, or similar public presentations, at Gasworks
- Single room accommodation within Gasworks Residencies House (a 3-story house, shared with 3 other artists-in-residence)
- Basic living expenses in London (£150 p/week)  
- Economy return flights from the artist’s home city to London
- Travel card (zones 1+2) for unlimited travel within central London for the duration of the residency
- Administrative, pastoral and curatorial support from Gasworks (during office hours)

NB. Previous applicants who were not selected are encouraged to reapply.

For more information about the residency and how to apply, please download the information in the Resources section below.


Your application should include the following in ONE PDF file only:

1. An artist's statement describing your practice and areas of interest (up to 250 words)
2. A minimum of 10 images of recent work, with captions and a short description if necessary.
3. A CV/Resume
4. A simple statement outlining your plans, if you were to be offered the residency, which could include a short description of a research project specific to the context of London or your residency at Gasworks (up to 250 words). This proposal does not have to be definitive and can change during the course of the residency.
5. Any relevant documentation (e.g. articles or papers about work, exhibitions, publications, etc)
6. A cover sheet with name, contact address, e-mail and telephone numbers if available, plus confirmation that you will be available from 2 April to 18 June 2018, if selected.  

Application Deadline: 28 November 2017

Applications that do not follow this format will not be considered.  

Please note that there is a 10MB limit on pdf submissions. If your file is not in pdf format or is over 10MB you will not be able to submit it.

Application Form