Space118 Fine Arts Grant | FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

Space118 Fine Arts Grant – 2024-25

  1. How do I apply for the Space118 Fine Arts Grant?
    You can apply by filling out the application form through the link mentioned here: Application form coming soon, 2024-25 submitting your resume with your portfolio, including work from the last 5 years. Please do not email us your application with images. Any email applications won’t be accepted.

  2. Till when can I apply?
    The deadline for applying for the Space118 Fine Arts Grant is 30th March, 2024.

  3. Who can apply?
    An Indian artist under the age of 40  (born after 10th April 1974). If you have been a Space118 artist in the past, you can apply and if you have applied previously for a Space118 grant, you can still apply again.

  4. Can I apply for more than one project? Is it best to submit different applications for each project?
    No, you can only apply for one project or one proposal at a time, if you have two projects in mind, submit both in the same application form.

  5. Where can I send my application?
    The link for the application for ‘Space118 Fine Arts Grant 2024-25’ | Coming soon.

  6. What will be the selection process?
    The grantee will be selected by a Jury panel that comprises eminent members of the art community.

  7. Is there an application fee?
    There is no cost for applying for the Space118 Fine Arts Grant.

  8. Are Indian artists abroad or international artists allowed to apply?
    No, only Indian residents with a valid Indian passport and residing in the country are allowed to apply for the Space118 Fine Arts Grant.

  9. Is there age eligibility or limit for applying?
    Only artists below the age of 40 can apply for the Space118 Fine Arts Grant. We are encouraging artists who have spent the early part of their life dedicated to the arts, to not move away from it and keep on practicing the medium.

  10. Are there any other costs to be directly handed over to Space118?
    No, there is nothing to be paid by the artists before or after accepting the grant.

  11. Will I be required to give artwork in return to Space118?
    No, you are not required to give us any of your work in return. If you still wish to donate work to Space118, that’s totally up to you. But it is not mandatory.

  12. What will be the grant amount?
    The grant amount should be proposed by the applicant (between Rs.15,000-Rs1,00,000) in their application form, according to their requirement. We will announce the grant amount after the grantees have been selected by the Jury.

  13. How much grant amount should I apply for?
    You may apply for a grant amount between Rs. 15,000 and Rs.1,00,000, with a project proposal and budget breakdown. Please make sure the bursary amount may only be used towards the production cost of the work and for any other miscellaneous expenses. Please only ask for the amount you need.

  14. What should the budget encompass? Can I get an example of how to fill in the Timeline and the Budget breakdown section in the application form?
    The budget should encompass all the expenses you think you will be making directly towards the production of the work.

    Here is a simple example: Timeline and Budget Break-down: For a series of three paintings, oil on canvas.

    Sep-Oct: Buying Stretchers/ Canvas, Winsor and Newton Oil Paints, brushes, pencils, charcoal, oil, turpentine, wooden palette, and oil paper. Researching, making preparatory sketches on paper, and small canvases. Starting work on the final canvas. (Rs XXXXX)

    Oct-Dec: Researching, and working on the painting – closer to its final form. (no direct expenses)

    Dec-Mar: Final layers to finish the painting, mounting relevant sketches, framing of the works.  (Rs XXXX)

    Total Proposed Amount: Rs XXXX

  15. Do I need to have a specific project in mind?
    Yes, a proposal explaining what you will be working on during the grant period has to be submitted along with the application form. Many a time, it could mean continuing your current practice, please mention the same.

  16. Can the project I propose be the completion of a project that is currently underway?
    Absolutely, you could propose the completion of a project that is underway. But make sure the grant amount should only be used to cover expenses during the current timeline proposed by you, and not for expenditures that you may have made in the past.

  17. Can I suggest a Mentor?
    Yes, you may suggest, but the final call will be taken by the Jury members according to who they feel is suitable for you.

  18. Will the Mentorship sessions be one-on-one? How long will each session be?
    Yes, there will be two Mentorship sessions and both will be one-on-one (online); with each session being one hour long.

  19. What will be the dates of the Mentorship sessions?
    The dates of the Mentorship sessions will be decided in advance, taking into account your and the Mentor’s availability. Once confirmed, the dates will not be changed unless the Mentor changes the date.

  20. Can the Mentorship sessions be recorded?
    The Mentorship sessions may be recorded for you to revisit them later, as long as the Mentor is comfortable with the same. It depends on a case-to-case basis and we need to take their permission before the recording.

  21. What if I am unable to photograph my work for the Mentorship sessions?
    It is completely alright to take the Mentors through your work in progress in your studio through a video. It is also something you must discuss with your Mentor in advance over email.

  22. What if I wish to conduct my Mentorship session in person?
    If you choose to meet with your Mentor in person, please make sure that you document your session together. Your travel costs won’t be covered by Space118 for the same.

  23. What if I am lagging, and not able to complete my work as per the proposed timeline?
    In such a case, please make sure you inform your program manager about the same during the review sessions. However, the grant period/timelines don’t change, as all other grantees are following the same timeline.

  24. Will there be a physical exhibition of my works, and do I need to be in Mumbai for the Open Studio Day?
    No, there will be no physical exhibition of your works but an online one on the scheduled Instalive Open Studio Day, which will happen on Instagram and Facebook. The format for it will be discussed with you. Hence, you need not be in Mumbai for the same. Your attendance for this is mandatory. It is also essential to be in a good wifi network area for the same.

  25. What if I can’t attend the Jury Review meeting?
    The Jury Review meeting is the most essential part of the grant, the attendance for the same is mandatory. It is also essential to be in a good wifi network area for the same.

  26. Am I eligible for a stay at Space118 Studios if I am travelling to Mumbai during the grant period?Sorry, Space118 Studios does not provide any, and the grant does not entail any travel/accommodation expenses either.

  27. I have my two references; do I need to get letters of recommendation from them?
    No, letters of recommendation are not required.

  28. Who does one select, as a referee, for the application? Is it mandatory to have a referee?
    Yes, it is mandatory to have 2 referee names on your application form. An ideal referee would be someone from your area of specialty and/ or a prominent figure who knows your work well and has engaged with it for a decent period of time. It could be your Professor, Curator, Artist, or anyone from the field of arts.

  29. I have just joined a gallery OR I have been with a gallery for the past 2 years, can I still apply for the grant?
    Yes, if you have joined a gallery recently OR if you have joined 2 years before the final date of submission, you can still apply for the grant.

  30. What will be the system of releasing the grant towards the applicant? How many phases (if any)?
    During the proposed time period of the project by the applicant, the grant amount will be released in between 2-4 phases, depending on the nature of the work and the Jury’s recommendation.

  31. Is the project supposed to be exclusive? Can the applicant rebuild a project that has already been exhibited before in another gallery space?
    Yes, the project has to be exclusive. However, if the applicant has already produced the project in the past and wishes to create another series for the same project, they are allowed to do so with a detailed description of the same.

  32. If the applicant decides to terminate the project midway due to certain circumstances, what are the repercussions of the same?
    Once the applicant has accepted the grant formally by signing the acceptance letter, the applicant has to comply with the grant’s terms and conditions and Space118’s guidelines.

  33. How can I contact Space 118?
    If you have any other questions, please email us at