Space 118 Contemporaries



Space 118 is delighted to announce its Open Call for artists and writers for their 2020 Residency Program, “Space 118 Contemporaries”.

Space 118 aims to provide emerging independent artists and art writers with a platform to showcase their work and grow within a diverse art community in India. We wish to be a part of creating the future of the next best artists and talent pool in the country.  Space118 will nominate 2 artists and 1 writer for a 2 month residency at Space118. The residency will be held in three time- slots of two months each, March-April, June-July, and September-October 2020. The writers and artists can choose the slot convenient to them. The artist will also receive a stipend and accommodation during their residency.

The artists will be chosen by a select jury that comprises of Shilpa Gupta, Mortimer Chatterjee and Anurag Khanna.

The writers will be selected by jury members: Anupa Mehta and Nancy Adajania.

Shilpa Gupta,  (b. 1976, India) studied at Sir J. J. School of Art (Sculpture). She has had solo shows at Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OK Center for Contemporary Art in Linz and Arnolfini in Bristol and has participated in biennales in Venice, Berlin, Kochi, Lyon, Gwangju, Havana, Yokohama, Liverpool amongst others. Her work has been shown in Moma, Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New Museum and Mori Museum.


Mortimer Chatterjee, (b. 1975, UK) received his Masters in the History of Indian Art and Architecture from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He moved to Mumbai in 2001 while working for British auction house Bowring’s.

In 2003, he began Chatterjee & Lal along with his wife. Based in Colaba’s art district of Mumbai, the gallery’s program is now focused both on the work of emerging artists and historical material. In the last ten years the gallery has been witness to groundbreaking shows by artists, such as Rashid Rana, Nikhil Chopra and Hetain Patel.

Mortimer’s recent academic projects have included a co-authored publication on the art collection of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research along with an exhibition of that collection at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai. He has also been the art consultant for the Taj Group of Hotels for more than 12 years.


Anurag Khanna, was awarded the title of “Young Collector of the Year” by Forbes Art Award India in 2014, the self-taught art enthusiast is one of the few Indian art collectors who collects video art extensively.

Anurag has earned the reputation of being quite a risk taker and has become one of the few collectors in India, who has dedicated a significant portion of his collection to experimental practices and video art. Given his relative distance from the artworld in cities like Mumbai and Delhi, his vision seems that much more impressive.


Anupa Mehta, (b. 1965, India) a veteran of the Indian art community, with over two decades of experience in providing strategic inputs to arts projects requiring support vis-a-vis planning, programming, marketing and fund-raising.  She has gestated several institutional and private arts programs and events, and her roster of clients is prestigious and diverse. Anupa is an author, an arts consultant and a Narrative Therapist. A graduate in English Literature, Anupa holds a Masters degree in Narrative Therapy & Community work from the University of Melbourne. She is certified in counseling protocol from Spring Counseling, Mumbai, and has trained in story-telling with an emphasis on cross-cultural psychology, with Jungian writer and analyst, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Anupa has been a journalist, a magazine and book editor, a columnist, and a gallery owner. She has authored INDIA 20, a book of interviews with Contemporary Indian artists, a novel, The Waiting Room (Penguin, 2007), and a book of short stories titled Unseasonal Rain (Estrade 2014; 2019). .


Nancy Adajania,  (b.  1971, India) is a cultural theorist, art critic and independent curator to start with an introduction to her extensive work. Adajania has written and lectured extensively on contemporary Indian art, especially new media art and its political and cultural contexts, at international venues such as Documenta 11, Kassel; the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), Karlsruhe; the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and the Transmediale, Berlin; the Danish Contemporary Art Foundation, Copenhagen; Lottringer 13, Munich, among others. She was the first coordinator of the newly founded crafts research department of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Bombay during 1994–1995, Adajania organised a cycle of symposia and workshops that explored the tension between contemporary art emerging from an urban milieu and the present-day manifestation of the traditional crafts.

She was the Editor-in-Chief for Art India from 2000-2002, during which Adajania developed a discursive space singlehandedly, in an Asian context, for emergent new-media and interactive public art practices and social projects on a global level


To apply, download the application form for the writers and the artists and send it duly filled to with the subject Space118 Contemporaries 2020

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