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Applications Open: Delfina 2019

Applications Open: Delfina 2019

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 2019 (30 September to 22 December).

Residency Dates:  30 September - 22 December, 2019

Deadline for Applications: 25 November 2018 (23:00 GMT)

During this period, Delfina Foundation’s residency and public programme will be focused on Art, Science and Technology. We would encourage applications from artists whose work connects to these themes. Please find more information on the Art, Science and Technology theme below.

During the residency there will be a loosely structured series of events and activities enabling the selected artist to:

·       Research and develop areas of interest;

·       Develop skills via training and mentoring;

·       Access information and resources through independent study, field trips and workshops;

·       Participate in both internal and external/public events.




·       A twelve-week residency in London, including one return, economy-class flight, and a living allowance for food/per diems and materials;

·       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.

 Additionally, the artist will be provided with a single bedroom at DF, which is in a shared house with seven fellow residents. The foundation’s offices are also located in the same building. Shared facilities include bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchen, and dining rooms.

*** 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. 



·       An Indian artist living and working in India aged under 35;

·       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  


Deadline for applications: 25 November 2018 (23:00 GMT)


Skype interviews with shortlisted applicants will be during the week of 10 December 2018.


Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by 13 January 2019.



Delfina Foundation’s new thematic area aims to bring together shared interests and concerns in the fields of art, science and technology. We’re interested to host artists already actively envisioning projects that cross these areas. Through bringing together resident artists and experts from various fields the ambition is to create a focused environment to foster collaboration, incubate ideas and support the development of new projects that can make an impact on the world around us.

We’re interested in proposals that are problem-led, whereby the programme can be used to develop solutions through crossdisciplinary, mutual exchange. We’re also interested in more critical or philosophical perspectives on the impact and direction of science and technology. We are interested in ideas that have the capacity to go beyond exhibition spaces, science labs and publications. We want to explore different modes of production and dissemination, including those that interface with the coalface of environmental concerns to those that might have commercial viability. 

Given the nature of the theme and our aim to foster collaboration and encourage inter-disciplinary projects and thinking this open call is not limited to artists: we also welcome applications from writers, researchers, and other practitioners who are interested in engaging with artists to develop new creative and critical approaches. 

To learn more about Delfina Foundation’s other themes, please visit: http://delfinafoundation.com/programmes/public-and-thematic-programmes/.



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.  



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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