A Public Art Grant


Artists contribute to the public realm in many ways, the outcomes of which may not always be readily defined as art. Public art projects may aesthetically enhance an environment; be utilitarian; respond to a particular site through material, form and concept; educate and comment on issues and events; commemorate the past; and much more. Artists working in the public domain are cognisant of the complexities and the constant negotiations with class, caste, and other social, political and economic barriers. Multidisciplinary and generative in their approach, these projects can act as catalysts of change, creating a sense of identity and ownership. They can offer deep insights into issues through creative expression and research, and deliver a range of outcomes through community involvement.
Serendipity Arts announces an Open Call for artists based in Goa to create interventions in the city of Panjim. Continuing this platform that started in 2022, the grant allows for embedded and site-specific artistic projects to unfold. We invite proposals that create nodes of pause, reflection, conversation and pollination of ideas between the artist and the city, that shift our perception of urban spaces as we know and inhabit them, or create a ripple in time within the architecture of the city. 
We invite applications that explore the rich fabric of a city like Panjim by engaging or disengaging with its various sites either through permanent or through time bound projects. These projects can be for any stage of the artistic process including creation, commissioning, presentations, touring, training, residencies, and engagement of audiences and communities, that can be adapted to this grant for the Serendipity Arts Festival 2023.
We encourage applications from artists whose practice are drawn to exploring issues related to the ecology and land. The activations could be around developing practices that propose ecological alternatives through materials and processes, exploring local knowledge systems, building community engagement, highlighting environmental movements, among others. We are also keen on projects that engage with immersive technologies to engage with public spaces. You are free to apply for this open call with new bold projects or adaptions of existing works.


The grant will be awarded to 4 artists based out of Goa, with the amount of upto INR 3 lakhs* each. 

Application deadline

September 3, 2023 @ 11:59 pm IST

Festival dates

 Dec 15 – 23, 2023


  • 25 years and above
  • Applicant(s) should be based in Goa
  • The Grant is open to individuals, artist duos, or artist collectives 
  • Projects should be multi- or cross-disciplinary in nature and may include work from the performing, visual, media, design, and literary arts.

Application Guidelines

  • Wholistic project proposal outlining research / production / documentation.
  • The proposal should include a preliminary sketch to explain how the project may look in scale, site and context. We understand that this can drastically change upon the site allocation. The site allocation is subject to change if it not viable in that space
  • The applicant can define the kind of site they have in mind within Panjim in their proposal. A list of venues will be provided once we receive all the proposals. The site will be handed over to the artist based on permission.
  • All the requested documents/pdf to be uploaded onto a Google drive with open access and drive link to be included in the application form.

Required documents

  • Application form
  • Bio [200 words] and CV – (single pdf)
  • Project Proposal [500 words] + Budget Breakup [sample attached] + Statement of Intent [300 words] + Portfolio of past work (single pdf – upto 15mb)

Terms and Conditions

  • The main applicant can collaborate with others and the involvement of the collaborator will be included in the proposal. However, SAF will only sign a single agreement with the main applicant.
  • If the artist already has other funding for the proposed project, she/he can still apply; SAF will mention the support in the collaterals in a reasonable manner.
  • In the case of a time-based project, it should involve active engagement from December 15th – 23rd on a minimum.
  • In the case of an engagement-based project, it should be completed by December 23rd.
  • The budget will encompass all aspects from ideation to final production on site. SAF will be responsible only for permissions, security and housekeeping**
  • For projects that intend to stay on for a longer duration, consideration of material and maintenance need to be taken into the budget.
  • The grant allocated to the artist will be based on the budget they present for the project.
  • There is a cap on the budget to be discussed only upon the submission of the budget.
  • SAF will not be providing stay / travel reimbursements.

    *subject to TDS and GST tax deductions
    **for the duration of the festival

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