Project 560: Call for Applications from Performing Artists

Project 560: Call for Applications from Performing Artists

5-6-0 are the first three digits of the pincode for Bangalore city.

Project 560 is an artistic quest to recode this city through performances.

India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) invites applications from performing artists and groups who wish to create performances in found spaces within Bangalore city. This special initiative comes from our desire to engage with the city that nurtures us. It seeks to encourage artists to creatively engage with non-proscenium found spaces, reimagine them and bring them alive through performance.

A ‘found’ space could be any space that inspires you. You could explore spaces that might have lost their meanings or are waiting to be given meaning to; spaces that have been forgotten and are waiting to be rediscovered; spaces with stories and histories of people, communities, struggles, losses and victories; spaces that have transformed unrecognisably with the advent of rapid urbanisation in Bangalore; or those that have remained unchanged over many years. It could be a space that you feel compelled to pause at, are critical of, brood over, banter with or even tussle over.

From the applications, six projects will be selected for support, each to a maximum value of Rs 2.5 lakhs, including production costs. The selected groups/individuals will have three months, from March to May 2014, to develop their performance ideas. These ideas will be shared through performances and presentations during the week-long ‘Project 560’ festival to be organised by IFA in June 2014 in Bangalore.

Eligibility and Application:
We welcome applications from musicians, dancers, theatre practitioners, puppeteers, storytellers, poets, writers, or visual artists who wish to create a performance. You must be a current resident of Bangalore, and if not an Indian citizen, must have lived in the country for at least five years.

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

  1. Your existing practice, your concerns with space, and/or your interest
    in working with found spaces.
  2. The space/s you have chosen to engage with.
  3. Your project idea in relation to the chosen space.
  4. Work plan and budget.

Additionally, do remember to include:

  1. A covering letter addressed to the Executive Director.
  2. Permission letters from relevant authorities for the use of the chosen space/s.
  3. Supporting materials such as photographs, audio/video recordings of earlier projects.
  4. A recent bio-data including your address, telephone/fax numbers, and e-mail address.

Proposals may be submitted in Kannada, Hindi or English.

You may send draft proposals/project ideas for feedback until January 3, 2014, by email to Your final proposal must be in hard copy and should reach us on or before January 31, 2014. Please note that online applications will not be accepted.

Selection Process
Applications will be evaluated by an external selection panel. Selected applicants will be notified by early February 2014 and should be available to meet the panel in the latter half of February. Grant awards will be announced by the first week of March 2014. IFA’s decision on the grants will be final.

For any queries/clarifications regarding your application, you may contact Sumana Chandrashekar, Programme Executive at

Please address your application to:
Project 560
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

Project 560 is supported by the Qualcomm Foundation