Request for Proposals: Curated Walks in Bangalore city (CLOSED)

Curated Walks: Project 560, 2015

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Project 560, 2015 is partnered by Citi India

Request for Proposals for conducting Curated Walks in Bangalore city

For the first time ever, India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) invites proposals for conducting curated walks in Bangalore city, as part of Project 560, 2015.

5-6-0 are the first three digits of the pin code for Bangalore city; and Project 560 is an initiative that seeks to engage with the city, its history, spaces and multiple imaginations.

16 walks will be supported by IFA during the months August 2015 to March 2016.

Selected residents will receive a total of Rs 10,000/- for each walk.

What are the curated walks?

Bangalore has always been a cosmopolitan city that has embraced diverse artistic expressions. Its rich tapestry of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, photography and filmmaking practices across time periods have deeply influenced and enriched the city’s cultural fabric. Home to scores of artists, Bangalore has an artistic exuberance that continues to be nurtured by its arts spaces, institutions and even entire neighbourhoods. From carnatic music to jazz; from A V Varadachar Kalakshetra to Rangashankara; from Nrityagram to the Roerich Estate; from Select Book Shop to Seetha Phone Company; from Bangalore Nagaratnamma to Kailasam; from Elgin Talkies to Chamundeshwari Studio – there are stories galore about Bangalore and the arts. Project 560, 2015 aims to create a space for these stories to be told through curated walks, conducted by citizens for citizens.

Who can apply?

Any resident of Bangalore who has stories to tell about the arts in the city and can make them come alive in the course of a walk, can apply. You must be a current citizen of India, and if not an Indian citizen, must have lived in the country for at least five years.

How to apply?

You could apply to curate a walk under any of these thematic categories:

  • Bangalore’s artistic traditions/ artistic practices
  • Artist biographies revolving around an artist’s life and works
  • Neighbourhoods that have nurtured the arts
  • Arts spaces such as music halls, theatres, cinemas halls, film studios
  • Arts institutions
  • Public sculptures and installations
  • Architecture

These are, of course, not mutually exclusive categories, and proposals could straddle these themes too.

To apply, please send us a proposal describing the following:

  • The theme of the walk
  • Details about the space/s, artist, neighbourhood, tradition in Bangalore that you have chosen to engage with.
  • A broad sketch of the content
  • The possible format of the walk and why it is designed in that manner
  • Practical information such as
    • Possible time duration of the walk
    • Accessibility levels for children, senior citizens and physically challenged
    • Language (Kannada or English )
    • Possible challenges

Additionally, please include with your proposal:

  • A covering letter addressed to the Executive Director.
  • Permission letters from relevant authorities for the use of the chosen space/s.
  • A recent bio-data including your postal address, telephone numbers, and e-mail address.

Proposals may be submitted in Kannada or English.

You may send draft proposals/project ideas for feedback until June 05, 2015, by email to

Your final proposal,including all supporting materials, must be in hard copy and should reach us on or before June 30, 2015. Please note that final proposals submitted online will not be accepted.

The selected applicants will be notified in July 2015. IFA’s decision on the selections will be final.

For any queries/clarifications regarding your proposal, you may contact

Sumana Chandrashekar, Programme Executive at

Please send your proposals to:
Project 560, 2015: Curated Walks
India Foundation for the Arts

‘Apurva’, Ground floor, No 259
4th cross, Raj Mahal Vilas, 2nd stage, 2nd block
Bangalore – 560 094
Phone: 080-23414681/82