Introduction

Space118 invites artists from all over India to apply for a production grant in the range of INR 15,000 to 1,00,000 towards the realisation of an ongoing or new project. The Space118 Fine Arts grant includes two online mentorship sessions with a senior artist, an online review session with the jury, and an opportunity to show their works through a ‘Virtual Open Studio Day via Instagram Live and Facebook Live.’

Icebreaker Sessions

Our Grant artists are asked to demonstrate their work and artistic practice during the Icebreaker Session. This session strives to bring these artists together with their contemporaries in order to explore new artistic possibilities and establish a support system and critical feedback network.

Mentorship Sessions

We have devised Online Mentorship Sessions to further strengthen the artist’s enrichment, where we invite renowned artists, curators, and art historians from various sectors of the art industry to serve as mentors. The goal of these Mentorship sessions is to provide one-on-one dialogue and critical feedback for the grantees. These discussions provide a platform for our Mentors to share their valuable insights, experiences, and knowledge with the grantees. We are thankful to our mentors for 2022: Rakhi Peswani, Prabhakar Pachpute, Neha Choksi, Vibha Galhotra, Subodh Gupta, Ronny Sen, Dhruvi Acharya. Also, we are thankful to our mentors for 2023: Colin Pantall, Indrapramit Roy, Aditya Mopidevi, Nikhil Chopra, Sanchayan Ghosh, Vidya Shivdas and Lekha Poddar.

Social Media Outreach Platforms

Our Facebook and Instagram profiles, as well as our newsletters, provide updates on our grantees, upcoming artists, their practices, and other ongoing events. Additionally, we have each grant artist take over our social media platforms for a week to give our audiences an insight into their creative process. Through these platforms, we are able to create awareness about our initiatives and engage with a global audience.

Online Jury Review Meet

As a part of the Fine Arts Grant, we conduct a Jury review Meet for the grantees where they present their works, made during the grant period, before the jury. Our Grant Winners for 2022-23 presented their works before the jury consisting of Lekha Poddar, Neha Choksi and Arshiya Lokhandwala. During the meeting, the jury provided invaluable information and guidance that was beneficial to the artists.

Virtual Open Studio Day via Instagram Live and Facebook Live

Space118 held a Virtual Open Studio Day via Instagram and Facebook Live, where the Grant Winners were able to share and present their ideas and research created during their grant term to friends, family, collectors, gallerists, and the general public. By operating online, we are able to dissolve the barriers to viewing art, thus promoting a more international appreciation of creativity.