Serendipity Arts Residency 2023


The Open Studio event marks the culmination of a three-month-long Serendipity Arts Residency program, during which our talented artists have been hard at work. The event is not just about presenting finished projects; it’s a celebration of creative exploration, with our artists displaying their works-in-progress, all expertly curated by our Curator-In-Residence, Shivani Kasumra.

The exhibition will remain open to the public until Monday, October 16th.

Image credit: Aabshaar Wakhloo, Ghumne Chale at Serendipity Arts Festival 2022



Application Deadline: May 7, 2023 at 11:59 pm IST

OPEN STUDIO: Oct 6,2023 at 6 pm-10 pm.


Serendipity Arts announces the OPEN CALL for the Serendipity Arts Residency 2023, an annual three-month artists residency based in New Delhi. We invite applications from emerging artists working across all disciplines, including a broad range of forms such as music, dance, theatre, visual practices, movement-based practices, and artists engaged in other innovative media. Now in its sixth edition, Serendipity Arts Residency is an intensive studio-based residency that seeks to provide its residents space and resources to develop their practice, work on a new project and interact with the broader art community in New Delhi. 
For this edition, Serendipity Arts Residency will host one French artist as part of the Villa Swagatam initiative in partnership with the French Institute in India.

Read more about Villa Swagatam initiative
In the course of the three months, the residents will participate in a lineup of peer-to-peer conversations, critique sessions, artist talks and presentations, performances, masterclasses, workshops, gallery and studio visits.  Alongside, they will be required to conceptualize and produce a new work. The residency will conclude with a showcase in an open studio format.


The total intake of the residency is seven. 
  • 5 artists-in-residence to be selected by a jury.
  • 1 artist-in-residence to be nominated under the Villa Swagatam initiative.
  • 1 curator-in-residence to be selected by nomination.

    The curator-in-residence will be selected by nomination

    The curator-in-residence will contextualize the residency and curate the Open Studio at the end of the residency. The artists-in-residence and the curator-in-residence will have the opportunity to regularly engage with each other, discuss their practice, conceptual ideas and specific details about their works for the residency.


Residents will be provided furnished accommodation and access to a studio space. Besides a basic monthly per diem for meals, they will also be entitled to a production grant to cover purchase of material, implements, additional technical support as well as support for hiring musician/ script writer/ costume/ set, etc. The Foundation will provide assistance in the implementation of the artist’s projects, supply technical infrastructure, and build publicity for events organized around the residency. It will also help residents contact curators, artists, critics, gallery owners, workshop facilitators, etc., they are keen to reach out to. The residency then becomes a platform for artists to build networks and interact with professional possibilities within the art world. 


  1. Applications are open to Indian nationals residing in India.

  2. Applicants must not be more than 35 years of age at the time of submission.

  3. Practitioners from all disciplines are eligible to apply.
Selection will be made after applications are reviewed by a jury panel.

Application Requirements

  1. Completed application form with basic contact information.


  2. A brief, updated CV (not exceeding 200 words).


  3. Upto 500-word project proposal introducing the project along with supporting material for the project (images, video snippets, storyboards etc.) – file size not exceeding 15 MB including Vimeo, YouTube links.


  4. A short portfolio of the applicant’s present practice – file size not exceeding 15 MB including Vimeo, YouTube links.

  5. A brief describing what you intend to accomplish during the Residency.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Applicants must not have attended a residency in the past 1 year.

  2. Selections will be made by an external panel of jury appointed by Serendipity Arts. The Jury’s decision in selecting the artist-in-residence is final and not subject to any appeal for reconsideration.

  3. An incomplete or incorrect application will automatically be ineligible.


Vikram Iyengar

Vikram Iyengar is an arts leader and connector based in Calcutta, India and working internationally. A dancer-choreographer, arts writer, and curator-presenter, he heads the performance company Ranan and is the founder-director of the Pickle Factory Dance Foundation. His scope of work spans practice, discourse, critique and management, and revolves around the central tenet of creating deep connections with and through the arts. An ARThink South Asia Arts Management Fellow, Global Fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts, and alumnus of the Australian International Arts Leaders programme offered by the Australia Council for the Arts, Vikram was awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Government of India for his work in contemporary dance in 2015.

Sanchayan Ghosh

Sanchayan Ghosh received his Masters in Fine Arts from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan and currently works as an Associate Professor, Department of Painting, Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan. He was a Charles Walles Fellow in 2003. Over the years, Sanchayan has been interested in site-specific art as a public engagement in transit and has done extensive work on space designing in collaboration with different experimental and contemporary performances in India. He involves pedagogy as practice in public or community situations, where he generates a collective process of working and learning through workshops that is interactive and participatory. He re-engages with the notion of research from a multifaceted reciprocal conversation to emerge inter disciplinary crossover of multiple practices and generate critical dialogue around land, landscape transformation, labour and practice.

Sumangala Damodaran
Sumangala Damodaran is an academician and musician, whose experience spans teaching and research in Economics, Development Studies and Popular Music Studies. She has taught in Delhi University and Ambedkar University Delhi over a period of three decades and is presently Visiting Professor at Ashoka University, the University of Cape Town and the Institute for Human Development, Delhi. As a development economist, her research and publications fall broadly with in the rubric of Industrial and Labour studies and more specifically on Industrial Organisation, Global Value Chains, the Informal Sector, Labour and Migration. Apart from her academic involvements as an economist and social scientist, she is also a singer and composer. Her archiving and documentation of the musical tradition of the Indian People’s Theatre Association from the 1940sand 1950s has resulted in a book titled “The Radical Impulse: Music in the Tradition of the IPTA” and an album titled ‘Songs of Protest’ and she has performed from the documented repertoire extensively in different parts of the country and abroad. She has collaborated with poets and musicians from South Africa as a founder member of the award-winning Insurrections Ensemble, which has produced six music albums and has also directed a multi-institutional project around Music and Migration in Precolonial Afro-Asia from 2016 until the present, which has resulted in two musical productions and a manuscript titled ‘Maps of Sorrow’.
Sandeep Sangaru
Sandeep Sangaru is a multidisciplinary designer, educator, entrepreneur and a nomad by nature. He studied Industrial Design, specialising in Furniture Design, from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad with a background in Mechanical Engineering. He received the British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur Award-Design for Social Impact in 2012.Sandeep runs Sangaru Design Studio, a research-based multidisciplinary design consultancy firm since 2004 and founded Sangaru Design Objects Pvt. Ltd, a manufacturing company based in Bangalore in 2010, that designs ,manufactures and markets furniture, products and accessories for contemporary urban homes, by bringing together traditional knowledge & skills in crafts with design and modern tools to make objects of daily use invaluable, accessible and enjoyable .Since inception, his studio has been actively involved with the craft sector, working with local communities and materials to create global products. Presently, Sandeep works with crafts communities from Tripura, Kashmir and Channapatna. His work has won many design awards and has been exhibited at various design and craft museums and events across the world
Sahej Rahal

Sahej Rahal is primarily a storyteller. He weaves together fact and fiction, to create counter-mythologies that interrogate narratives shaping the present. His myth-world takes the shape of sculptures, performances, films, paintings, installations, and AI programs, that he creates by drawing upon sources ranging from local legends to science fiction, rendering scenarios where indeterminate beings emerge from the cracks in our civilization. Rahal’s participation in group and solo exhibitions includes the Gwangju Biennale, the Liverpool Biennial, the Kochi Biennale, the Vancouver Biennale, MACRO Museum Rome, Kadist SF, ACCA Melbourne, CCA Glasgow. He is the recipient of the Cove Park/Henry Moore Fellowship, Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowship, the Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation Installation Art Grant, the Digital Earth Fellowship, and the first Human-Machine Fellowship organized by Junge Akademie ADK.


Salman Bashir Baba
Salman B. Baba (b.1995) is a visual practitioner from Srinagar. He is currently working as Artist-Mentor at Art1st Foundation. He has completed his master’s in visual arts from Ambedkar University, Delhi, and his BFA in Applied Arts from Jamia Millia Islamia. Salman’s work responds to the discourses that surround the projection of Kashmiri subjecthood and landscape. His body of work looks into the violence of the everyday in time, memory, and space, which has led him to investigate sovereign power politics and its conceptual relations to death and life.
He is interested in understanding the form of human life that exists or is possible in the state of exception. He blurs and destabilizes the lines between imagined and real through his transmedia practice. The combination of images, myth, fiction, objects, and performance expands the readings of his work in non-lateral directions which at times appear coherent and at other times contradictory, seeking an active participation from the viewer for interpretations and hence disrupting the untouchable sacred.

Surbhi Mittal aka Pale Blue Dotter
Pale Blue Dotter thrives at the intersection of music and art. She gravitates towards an intuitive understanding of sound guided by the listening practices of Pauline Oliveros & modular synth design.
Interweaving melody, spoken word & field recordings with movement-based listening, she interprets philosophical concepts as sound pieces & installations.

Sewali Deka
Sewali Deka is an artist hailing from lower Assam. She completed her BFA in Painting from Guwahati University, at Kokrajhar Music and Fine Arts College, Assam, and her master’s from Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan. Her work reflects on the visuals and affective spectrum informing rural lifestyles and cultures. Her practice engages with the farming practices of the region, the vagaries of indigenous food, and village life at large. A range of traditional and indigenous techniques have influenced the visual vocabulary in her work, especially the collective model of work often espoused by farmers and craftspeople. Sewali’s identity as a woman as well as a member of the farming community shapes much of her creative journey which folds indigenous materials and multiple new media like film and photography within itself. She currently lives in Delhi.

Richa Arya
Richa Arya (b. 1997, Samalkha, Haryana, India) completed, her BFA in Sculpture from Kurukshetra University in 2018, and her MFA in Sculpture from Delhi College of Art in 2020. Her residency includes Khoj (Peers) Residency New Delhi (2022). She has done a solo exhibition at Triveni Gallery (Supported by the Raza Foundation), Young  collective week (New Delhi 2023), Carpe Arta, Mumbai (2022); Space118 Mumbai (2022); The Lexicon Art Gallery, New Delhi (2022); Artincept Gallery, New Delhi (2022) Dahanukar All India Merit Award (2021). She has participated in several group exhibitions including Modern Art Gallery, Odisha (2017); 83rd All India exhibition, Indian Academy of Fine Arts, Amritsar (2017); 6th Woman Artscape, Chandigarh (2018); The State Gallery of Art, Hyderabad (2018); 7th Woman Artscape, Chandigarh (2019); Abir foundation, Ahmedabad (2019, 2021); Srishti Art Gallery, Hyderabad (2021); She has participated in various workshops in Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal (2016); Lalit Kala Academy Artist Studio, Garhi Village, New Delhi (2017); Wood Carving Workshop at NGMA, New Delhi (2018). She has been a recipient of several awards including the Prafulla Dahanukar City Award (2017); Prafulla Dahanukar Haryana, State award (2018); AIFACS Award (2018); College of Art Merit Award (2018); College of Art 2nd Award (2019); 8th Woman  Artscape Merit award (2019); Abir Foundation (2019), and more.

Dileep Chilanka
Dileep Chilanka is an actor, contemporary dancer, choreographer, and theatre director from Kasaragod, Kerala. His works focus on finding new movement vocabularies by taking inspiration from his surroundings and life experiences. He is the founder of Chilanka Theatre Lab, which is a creative space for theatre and movement practitioners. Dileep has acted and directed in many plays and has choreographed several performances. He has worked with many  prominent theatre practitioners from India and across the world. Dileep has a postgraduate degree in Theatre Arts and graduated from the School of Drama and Fine Arts, Thrissur, Kerala. He also holds a Diploma in Movement Arts, from Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore.

Massandje Sanogo
Massandje Sanogo is a multidisciplinary artist based in Montreuil.
In 2019, she joined the Jean Wiener Conservatory in Bobigny in the acting programme. Wishing not to be satisfied with a single approach, she also parallelly pursued theatre courses in the school of Eva, which offered an intercultural perspective focused on body development. That same year, she joined the Institute national supérieur des arts du spectacle et des techniques de diffusion (INSAS) in Brussels. In 2021, she began devoting herself entirely to the elaboration of her first one-woman show ‘Rapport sur ma vie antérieure de femme noire’ which deals with identity and discrimination. She wears several hats,  including those of author and director.
In 2018, she began experimenting with photography as an  autodidact, focusing on Afro-descendant and queer bodies. In 2021, after 6 months of training, Massandje Sanogo  integrated video and photography in her creative repertoire. Her second short film, Constante  Adaptation, won first prize at the Maison des Femmes festival and was shown at the Méliès cinema in Montreuil. In 2022, she organised her first photo and video exhibition ‘Gusmas’, a project that interrogates experiences of queerness and racial identification in the suburbs, at the Boissière studio.

Curator in Residence

Shivani Kasumra
Shivani Kasumra is a researcher and writer based in New Delhi. She studied history of art and visual culture at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Combining criticism, intellectual history, and visual studies, her MPhil dissertation examined speculative practices in contemporary art. She presently works in museums.


Q1. Can I apply with a work-in-progress project?
A1. Yes, you can apply with a work-in-progress project or a new project that you would like to realise during the course of this residency.
Q2. I do not have a portfolio. What else can I share?
A2. You can share a set of samples of your work. 
Q3. I live in New Delhi, can I still apply?
A3. Yes. Selected applicants are expected to stay in the accommodation provided by SAF for the course of the residency.
Q4. Will my travel from my hometown be covered by SAF?
A4. No. Selected applicants will have to travel to New Delhi on their own expense. 
Q5. Can I bring collaborators on-board?
A5. Yes, however their fee would have to be covered by the artist-in-residence.  
Q6. I will be available to stay in Delhi only for a few days. Can I still apply?
A6. No. The selected applicants need to be in Delhi for the entire duration. 
Q7. I have a full time job. Can I still apply?
A7. No. The selected applicants need to be involved in the residency full-time. 
Q8. I am working on several other projects as a freelancer. Can I still apply?
A8. Yes. But, the selected applicant needs to be involved in the residency full-time. 
Q9. I do not have an academic writing sample. What can I submit?
A9. You can submit a writing sample of any kind of non-fiction writing.