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Residency in Bangalore, 1 Shanthiroad

For practitioning artists in the visual arts, photography, design, crafts, illustration, textile art or architecture.

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The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists, IASPIS, collaborates with a range of residency programmes around the world. In addition to a workspace or studio, the artist-in-residence will get access to housing and a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during their stay. The purpose of our residencies abroad is to support artists’ opportunities to create, develop and nurture their contacts outside Sweden.

Description of the residency

1 Shantiroad was founded in 2003 by Suresh Jayaram. It is the oldest and most established residency in Bangalore. The residency is centrally located and is a meeting place for many professional practitioners in the city. The building houses four smaller studio residences for visiting foreign and Indian artists, a gallery for exhibitions and a courtyard used for film screenings, workshops and meetings.

  • The studio apartments are small and best suited for desk work. The housing and the layout of the residence mean that it is not possible to bring a partner, children or pets. If you wish to work on projects that require more space, the gallery can sometimes be used, which is something that can be discussed with 1Shanthiroad in advance. Shared meals are a regular feature of the residency program.

  • Bangalore is India’s fourth largest city and the city with the most artist residencies and artist-driven initiatives. In recent years, Bangalore has become a center for the Indian IT industry, which is mainly concentrated in the Electronics City business park, south of the city centre. The city has over 8 million inhabitants and is in the midst of dynamic urban growth. Bangalore is also called the Garden City of India because of its many parks.

  • Two months during 2025

  • The grant is aimed at professional artists in the field of visual and applied arts. Applicants should have an artistic practice in, for example, visual arts, photography, design, arts and crafts, design, illustration, textile art or architecture. The focus of the residency is above all visual art, but film, design and other areas of art are also represented.

  • SEK 45,000. The grant is intended to cover travel, living expenses and certain material costs during the residency.

  • 1Shanthiroad Webpage (Öppnas i ett nytt fönster)
  • Beatrice Alvestad Lopez (2024)

    Mats Hjelm (2023)

    Mariana Silva Varela (2022)

    Catti Brandelius (2020)

    Simon Torsell Lerin (2019)

    Johan Sunesson (2019)

    Jennifer Rainsford (2018)

    Emma Hammarén (2016)

  • Travel report Simon Torssell Lerin (Öppnas i ett nytt fönster)

Application and reporting requirements

  • You must be a professional artist in the field of visual arts or design.

    You have an artistic practice in, for example, the visual arts, photography, design, crafts, illustration, textile art or architecture.

    To be considered a professional artist, you must earn a living entirely or partly from your artistic activities and regularly present your art to an audience or in an artistic context.

    You must be a resident in Sweden or practice most of your art here.

    You can be a foreign citizen and apply for our stipends and grants, but you must be a resident in Sweden or primarily practice your art here. If you are a Swedish citizen but live abroad, you must be able to demonstrate that most of your artistic activity takes place in Sweden.

    You must not be a student for more than 50 per cent of your time when an award decision is made.

    This means being enrolled in any type of studies, from undergraduate studies to doctoral studies and post-graduate education. You can be studying when you submit your application, but when a decision is made you cannot be enrolled for more than 50 per cent for a course or programme.

    You must not owe any unpaid Swedish taxes or fees to the Swedish Enforcement Authority or be declared bankrupt.

    This means that you cannot owe a debt on your Swedish tax account that has been passed on to the enforcement authority. This does not apply to other types of debts or charges from public organisations or private companies.

    You must not have received de minimis aid exceeding a total of 300,000 euros during the last three-year period.

    Stipends and grants from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee are subject to the provisions of the European Commission Regulation (EU) 2023/2031 on state funding, also known as de minimis aid.

  • The application for the residency is open once a year. See the application deadlines.

    In order to submit an application, you need to answer all the questions marked as mandatory in the form and attach work samples.

    If you are part of a duo/group, one of you submits the application and in the text indicates additional artists included in the application. The applicant uploads their own work samples or common work samples for the duo/group. Please note that if the grant is awarded, the grant amount is to be shared.

    Applications must be submitted by 14.00 CET on the application deadline.

    Work samples are mandatory

    Choose current work samples that are representative of your artistry, preferably from the last two years. Keep in mind that it can be a good idea to choose both close-ups of your works and images that show how your works are presented in context.

    When you upload your files with the application, you can specify the title, year, technique, size and description for each file.

    Number of files: 5-10
    File formats: jpg (2 MB), mp3 (20MB), mp4 och mov (50 MB)

    Can I submit my application on paper?
    We recommend using our e-service to submit your application. It makes it easier for you to ensure that your application was registered and it allows you to follow your case via “My pages”.

    Application on paper

  • When we receive your application, we verify that you meet all the formal requirements.

    Members of the international panel of the Visual Artists’ Fund will then read your application. The members are practising artists or experts in the field of art. At least three people read each application. The Visual Artists’ Fund selects 3–5 candidates for the residency, after which the residency’s management makes a first and second choice. The decision is then made by the Visual Artists’ Fund.

    If a member has a conflict of interest in relation to an applicant, that member is forbidden from participating in the review process or award decision for that application.

    How is your decision made?

    We select grant recipients based on the quality of artistic activities and the applicant’s financial need. This means that we assess the quality of the work samples and reference material that you submit. At the same time, we make an assessment of your financial need. This can mean, for example, that we do not prioritise an applicant who has a high income or has recently received other grants or stipends.

    In our selection, we aim to distribute the grants to artists in different parts of the country and across a variety of artistic expressions.

    How we avoid conflicts of interest

  • The grant holder reports on the stay after returning home, but does not need to submit a financial report.

  • The grant is exempt from tax.

  • If you are awarded a grant for the residency programme, you must state in all communications about your residency that it was carried out with the support of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Please use the wording “with support from IASPIS, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee´s International Programme for Visual and Applied Arts.”

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