Serendipity Arts Residency 2024

Image: 'आज़ाद पंछी / free bird' by Surbhi Mittal aka pale blue dotter, showcased at Serendipity Arts Festival 2023. Photograph by Philippe Calia and Sunil Thakkar.


Residency Duration: May 15, 2024 – August 16, 2024
Intake: 5 Artists-in-Residence and & 1 Writer-in-Residence


Serendipity Arts Foundation is delighted to announce the OPEN CALL for Serendipity Arts Residency 2024, an annual three-month artist residency based in New Delhi. We invite applications from emerging artists working across visual arts, lens-based and new media practices, text, sound, and other innovative media. 
Now in its seventh edition, the Residency seeks to provide its residents with space and resources to develop their practice, work on a new project, and interact with the broader art community in New Delhi. 
In the course of the three months, the residents will participate in a line-up of peer-to-peer conversations, critique sessions, artist talks and presentations, performances, masterclasses, workshops, gallery and studio visits programmed by the Foundation. Alongside, they will be required to conceptualise and produce a new work. The Residency will conclude with a showcase in an open studio format, which could include exhibitions, performances, explorations, and/or WIP presentations.  


Residents will be provided furnished accommodation and access to a studio space in New Delhi. All six participants will be entitled to an allowance (which will include any and all expenditure on meals) and the five Artists-in-Residence will receive a production grant to cover purchase of material, implements, additional technical support as well as support for hiring musician/script writer/costume/set, etc towards the outcome of the Residency. The Writer-in-Residence will be entitled to a fee for producing texts engaging with the process and outcome(s) of the Residency. 
The Foundation will advise the residents on the implementation of their projects, provide technical infrastructure, and build publicity for events organised around the Residency. It will also help residents contact curators, artists, critics, gallerists, workshop facilitators, etc., as per requirement. The Residency acts as a platform for artists to build networks and interact with possible mentors and collaborators within the art world. 
These programmes are designed to give the participating artists a greater awareness of their own art practice and exposure to other mediums, as well as the wherewithal to make the connections and build the networks required for the expansion of their practice.  Each artist will be encouraged to share their work with their peers and the Programmer-in-Residence.
The Writer-in-Residence  documents and contextualises the Residency, and helps put together a show for the Open Studio. The resident artists will have the opportunity to regularly engage with them to discuss their practice, conceptual preoccupations, and specific details pertaining to their works for the Residency. This individual will also chronicle the Residency through a podcast, regular blog posts, or any other format of their choice.



Selection Process

The Writer-in-Residence will be selected by the Jury via this Open Call.


  • The Writer-in-Residence will be required to chronicle the Residency through a podcast, regular blog posts, or other material that might drive public engagement with the Residency, between May and August. They are free to choose any format that might serve this purpose. 
  • They will be required to examine the projects conceived during the Residency through a critical lens, submit an essay on the same, along with all necessary exhibition texts for the Open Studio.
  • In order to hone their writing practice, they may pitch their own creative project as long as it is in some dialogue with the works being produced by the Artists-in-Residence. The format for this remains open and flexible and might culminate in a small publication (fiction or non-fiction) or any other kind of intervention in the form of text.
  • They will curate the outcome of the Residency for the Open Studio. 


  • The Writer-in-Residence should be an Indian national residing in India. 
  • The applicant must not be more than 35 years of age.
  • The applicant must have at least 3 years of practical experience in art curation, practice, research, and/or critical writing in the field of arts and culture.  
  • The applicant must not have been part of a residency in the last one year. 

Application Process

A completed application form which will include the following, beyond contact information and educational qualifications:
  • An updated CV (not more than 3 pages long)
  • Short bio (not more than 150 words)
  • A writing sample of not more than 1500 words
  • A Statement of Intent of not more than 500 words 
Please note that incomplete application forms will be automatically disqualified. We urge you to go through the form closely and ensure that you’ve uploaded your CV, bio, writing sample, and Statement of Intent. 



Selection Process

The five Artists-in-Residence will be selected by the Jury via this Open Call.


  • The Residency is open to Indian nationals residing in India. 
  • Applicants must not be more than 35 years of age at the time of submission. 

Application Process

A completed application form which will include the following, beyond contact information and educational qualifications:
  • An updated CV (not more than 3 pages long)
  • Short bio (not more than 150 words)
  • A Statement of Intent or Project Proposal (in not more than 500 words). This may explain why the applicant wishes to attend the Residency, what they would like to do while in residence, and how the experience is likely to contribute to their present practice and/or project.
  • A short portfolio of the applicant’s creative practice. This may consist of:
  1. artwork
  2. videos, sound files (embedded as open links) 
  3. photographs or other documentation of previous works
  4. a combination of the above where the total no. of items submitted is no more than five
Please note that incomplete application forms will be automatically disqualified. We urge you to go through the form closely and ensure that you’ve uploaded your CV, bio, Project Proposal, and portfolio.

Terms and Conditions

  • Applicants must not be more then 35 years of age at the time of submission.
  • The Residency is open only to Indian Citizens residing in the country at least over the past 2 years.
  • Applicants must not have attended a residency in the past 1 year.
  • Selected residents will be announced by May. Selections will be undertaken by an external panel of jury appointed by Serendipity Arts.
  • Applications by immediate family members of Serendipity Arts employees will not be considered.


Deadline to Apply: April 15 (11:59 PM IST)
Commencement of Residency: May 15
Open Studio: August 16


Gautam Pemmaraju
Gautam Pemmaraju is a Mumbai based writer, researcher & filmmaker who works in the areas of history, literature and art. With special interests in early 20th century anti-colonialism and the cultural history of the Deccan, he has also published extensively on sonic culture and sound art.
Padmini Chettur
Padmini Chettur began her contemporary dance career in 1990 as a member of the troupe of Chandralekha—the radical Bharatanatyam modernist choreographer, whose own opus dealt with a rigorous deconstruction of the form. Over the past two decades, Chettur has defined her own choreographic idiom—minimalist, abstract and formal—stripping movement down to an essential, anatomical investigation, prioritising a sense of tension over emotion. Since her solo work Beautiful thing 2 (2011), and in later works—Wall dancing (2013), Varnam (2016)—her practice has been showcased in visual art spaces like steirischer herbst (Graz), Kochi-Muziris Biennale (Cochin), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), Jejak-Tabi (Jogja), Haus der Kulturender Welt (Berlin), Archive (Berlin), hangar Bicocca (Milan) as her oeuvre extended into film and durational works. Her most recent work ‘Stilling’ will premiere at G5A, Mumbai, in April 2024.
Premjish Achari
Premjish Achari is a curator, writer, and film maker. His curations include the exhibitions Inscapes: In Search of a Place (Bikaner House, New Delhi, 2023), Things are vanishing before us (Bikaner House, New Delhi, 2023), Student’s Biennale for Kochi Biennale Edition (2022-2023), ‘All Canaries Bear Watching,’ part of the Indo-UK collaboration GRID Heritage Project, SAA/JNU, Delhi (2022); A Time for Farewells (Haverford College, Pennsylvania, and Prameya Art Foundation, New Delhi, 2019). Premjish was the editorial supervisor of Lokame Tharavadu (‘The World Is One Family,’ 2021), a major contemporary art survey exhibition organised by the Kochi Biennale Foundation. He was the recipient of the Pro Helvetia Art Writers’ Award 2021, followed by a residency at Atelier Mondial, Basel, and published Lure of Collaboration: Dissecting Consensus‘ for Take on Art; Prameya Art Foundation’s Art Scribes Award, including a residency at Château de La Napoule, France. He is currently editing the first issue of the inaugural English Art Magazine for Kerala Laithakala Akademi. He has conceptualised and initiated the Kaee Kolkata City Lab. He also directed the film on the artist Ravinder Reddy titled The Other Faces‘ in 2022. 
Prajakta Potnis
Prajakta Potnis’ practice digs deeper into the nexus between the frailty of a human body and the greed of a capitalist state. Through paintings, radiology, video and time-based installations, she examines the overburdened female body that has been incessantly exposed to varied forms of toxicity. Her works draw upon the chasm witnessed within the everyday domestic in context of gender and social divides. She has extensively shown her works since 2005 nationally and internationally. Born in 1980, Prajakta lives and works in Mumbai.
Prajakta was part of the 15th Sharjah Biennale, “Thinking Historically in the Present“, conceived by the late Okwui Enwezor and curated by Hoor Al Qasimi in early 2023. Her photographic works were part of Imagined Documents, curated by Ravi Agarwal at the 2022 Rencontres d’Arles, Arles. In 2021, she was invited to open a virtual solo exhibition titled “the slow burn” at The New Media Art Space at Baruch College, CUNY, New York. She was also part of Art Histories of a Forever War: Modernism between Space and Home, an extensive show curated by Kathleen Elizabeth Li-Ying Ditzig, Fang-Tze Hsu at the Taipei Fine Art Museum in 2021. 


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 arrange for their own travel to New Delhi. 
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 of the Residency. 
Q7. I have a fulltime 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 sample of any kind of non-fiction writing. 
Q10. I am a performance-based artist applying for the open call. Can you specify the dimensions of the rehearsal space provided?
A10.  Unfortunately, due to logistical constraints, the dimensions of the space you may use for your performance/rehearsals will be approximately 390 sq. ft. We encourage you to consider whether this will be adequate for your project before you apply.