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Applications Open: Delfina Foundation, London, 2018

Applications Open: Delfina Foundation, London, 2018

We are now inviting applications for a three month residency at the Delfina Foundation.

Deadline for applications: 11 December 2017

Through an interrelated programme of residencies, exhibitions, and events, Delfina Foundation (DF) provides a platform for artists, curators and thinkers to experiment with bold ideas, explore connections, learn new skills, and build collaborations with colleagues, communities and institutions.   

As part of an annual partnership with Charles Wallace India Trust and Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, Delfina Foundation is offering a three-month residency to a visual artist in Autumn 2018 (1 October to 23 December).


DF’s programmes are structured around seasons, which are:

  • Thematic: concentrated on advancing specific initiatives related the following areas: The Politics of Food, Performance as Process, The Public Domain or Performance as Process
  • Open: dedicated to supporting independent projects without particular outcomes


During this period, Delfina Foundation’s public programme will be focused on The Public Domain. We would encourage applications from artists who are exploring similar ideas, but it is not mandatory.  We will accept applications from artist exploring different independent projects as well.

DF creates focussed environments to facilitate collaborative exchange fostering new ideas and projects. During the residency, DF will support peer-to-peer conversations between residents through a series of informal gatherings and meals, as well as targeted organisational visits and opportunities to engage with artists, academics and researchers interested in the areas of focus.  These internal events will be complemented with an external public programme of talks, screenings, dinners and panel discussions on The Public Domain and presenting the work, ideas and exchanges taking place.



  • A twelve-week residency in London, including one return, economy-class flight, and a living allowance for food/per diems and materials;
  • A single bedroom at DF, 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. 

*** Please note that artist-duos or collectives will not be accepted as there is only space for one artist.  Accordingly, artists are not able to bring partners or families to the residency.  In some cases, short visits can be accommodated.



  • An Indian artist living and working in India;
  • Seeking an opportunity to develop his/her practice and the concepts of his/her artistic work;
  • Able to explain how the experience of an international residency may benefit his/her career development and local networks; and

Proficient in English.

The residency is focused on supporting the next generation of artists. We will give preference to younger artists and those who have not yet had a chance to work internationally.



  • Applicants are expected to submit:
  • The completed application form
  • A CV detailing recent projects, exhibitions, workshops and residencies
  • At least 10 high-quality images of your previous projects or exhibitions, which could include unrealised proposals


Please submit only electronic copies of the above documents to following email address: opencall@delfinafoundation.com

Skype interviews with shortlisted applicants will be on the week of 15 January 2018.

Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by 26 January 2018.



DF is more than London’s largest international residency programme – it is a home where the next generation of contemporary artists, curators and thinkers are supported and nurtured.

Based in two newly renovated Edwardian houses near Buckingham Palace, DF is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to fostering artistic talent and facilitating exchange through residencies and public programmes ranging from workshops to exhibitions, both in the UK and with international partners. A photo tour of our new space was published online in Wallpaper* (please click the link to visit DF’s website).

Established by arts philanthropist Delfina Entrecanales CBE, DF is the successor to Delfina Studio Trust. From 1988 to 2006, Delfina Studio held an unprecedented record for supporting artists through residencies and exhibitions, including more than a dozen Turner Prize nominees. DF is proud to build on this history. 

The Public Domain

Notions of the public and public space have been traditionally associated with the idea of collective interest and civic participation. Today, however, the use of public space throughout the world is changing as a result of security, surveillance and control. Meanwhile, the Internet and social media have opened up new opportunities for like-minded individuals to connect and share ideas, expanding the notion of the public sphere from the physical to the virtual.  The Public Domain has considered ideas and produced challenging research to explore public space, technology and the commons.  To date, the programme has involved 24 participants, including artists, urban planners, curators, architects and technologists.  In addition to events at DF, our programme included partners such as the ICA London and Tate Modern.


Charles Wallace India Trust enables Indians in the early to mid-stages of their careers to spend time in the UK, helping them to achieve artistic, academic and professional ambitions and to broaden their international contacts.

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