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Theatre Photography Grant 2020


  • The area of focus of the fellowship is India, but the practitioner can be from outside the region.
  • It is open to all practitioners above the age of 25 years.
  • The grant is for a practitioner who is already working on a project.
  • Applicants should not hold any other fellowship or grant relating to the proposed project. This is a one-time grant for this project.


(All applications should be emailed to as one single pdf document with details in the following order.)

  • Name, DOB and contact information.
  • A recently updated curriculum vitae of not more than two pages. This should include your education details, your history as an artist, past exhibitions, publications, awards/grants shortlisted for and/or received, as well as whether you have a full time job.
  • All entries should be given a project title and should be accompanied by a short written statement of 500 words (in English, in addition to your native language) describing the project as factually as possible.
  • Applicants will need to present a portfolio of the project you are applying for – the portfolio should consist of a maximum of 30 images in a sequenced and structured presentation that complements the written proposal.
  • The proposal should include a timetable to completion — the proposed project has to be completed within 18 months.
  • Budget Plan: A comprehensive budget needs to be provided, detailing all expenditure. The budget head should include:
  1. Material costs (Film, Processing, Digital processing, Test prints etc. )
  2. Production (Rental of lights, rental of studio equipment, props, costumes, hiring assistant etc.)
  3. Travel, accommodation and per-diem expenses.
  4. Expenditure towards capital assets cannot be included.
  5. It is mandatory for the Grant recipient to submit original GST paid invoices to AFA after each disbursement of funds as per the budget submitted.
  • A statement attesting the following:
  1. That you are the author of any text and image, which you have sent to us or otherwise have been authorized by the owner to send it to us.
  2. That the submitted materials are hitherto unpublished works and the submission, use and possible display of them is not in copyright violation in any manner. 
  3. The Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts will not be liable for any loss, damage or personal injury whatsoever suffered or sustained by any person or entity that results from or arises out of use or display of submitted materials in connection with the Grant. The entrant indemnifies and holds The Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts against any loss, damages, costs or claims, including fees for legal aid etc. arising out of a breach in any details and materials.
  4. In case there is any discrepancy or breach found in the details and materials furnished by the entrant, the application will be deemed as disqualified.


  • The winner will be notified as soon as a decision has been made. The deliberations of the jury will not be disclosed to anyone, including the entrants.
  • Within 10 days of notification the winning Grantee will confirm in writing his or her acceptance of the Grant.
  • The Grantee will provide ATA/AFA with the high resolution files of the work for publicity purposes of the said practitioner. The AFA ensures that the work will only be used for non-commercial, academic, educational purposes and also within the context of publicizing the work of the awardee.
  • To assist in the promotion of the Grant, the Grantee will provide free of charge publicity rights.
  • AFA will, wherever possible, seek to facilitate the organisation of exhibitions/releases of the winner’s photographs. The practitioners will also use his or her best efforts to research possible exhibition opportunities for the work.
  • Upon completion of the Grant, the Grantee will submit high resolution TIFF files of the work to the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts to promote the work/author, and retain it as part of the Alkazi Theatre Archives for research.
  • The Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts will be credited for supporting the work whenever the work is shown.
  • While copyright of all works submitted for these awards remains with the respective entrants, the entrant grants to ATA/AFA a worldwide, irrevocable, and perpetual license to reproduce representative examples of the submitted entries in any of their publications, websites, and/or in any promotional material, strictly in connection with the Grant, and with reference to the practitioner/artist, as relevant in each case; and to exhibit the photographs entered anywhere in the world for public display.
  • Submitted materials will NOT be used for commercial advertising purposes and will NOT be altered without the prior consent of the author, except as necessary to display or distribute them in a particular medium or format. Permissible uses of submitted materials shall include their reproduction, distribution and display in exhibitions, multimedia presentations, and printed materials related to or promoting the Grant. The ATA/AFA will always credit the artist as the author and copyright holder of his/her photographs.
  • The final work may be exhibited at the end of fellowship. The Alkazi Theatre Archives/Alkazi Foundation for the Arts will help in realizing a display of the work in consultation with the practitioner.


  • Each entrant agrees not to submit any entry that (1) infringes any third party’s proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, privacy, publicity, or confidentiality obligations; and (2) otherwise violates the applicable state, federal, provincial, or local law. Therefore, AFA also reserves the right to reconsider or not publish projects that have received the grant if in due course, before the realization of the project, any new information about any form of violation of the above comes to light.
  • AFA will not be liable for any loss, damage or personal injury whatsoever suffered or sustained by any person or entity that results from or arises out of use or display of submitted materials in connection with the Grant. The entrant indemnifies and holds AFA against any loss, damages, costs or claims, including fees for legal aid etc. arising out of a breach in any details and materials.
  • AFA’s decisions shall be final. AFA reserves the right to reject entries that are submitted without the required information, or that do not meet the criteria of eligibility, without any obligation to enter into any further discussion regarding their decisions.
  • Details of particular entries may be at the discretion of AFA and may be released to the press as part of publicising the Grant, including before the announcement of the awards.


  • ATA/AFA will independently administer the Grant and jury process.
  • ATA/AFA has invited a three-member jury to judge the applications.

The jury will comprise of Diana Campbell Betancourt, Aveek Sen and Richard Schechner.

  • Diana Campbell Betancourt is the Founding Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit, the foremost research and exhibition platform for art in South Asia and the world’s highest daily visited contemporary art exhibition. She has been building the Samdani collection and developing Srihatta, an art centre and sculpture park that will soon be the foundation’s permanent home, commissioning site-specific installations while developing the foundation’s education and public programmes. She was curator of Frieze Projects in London (2018-2019) and the Founding Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects in the Philippines (2016-2018). Educated at Princeton, she has been living and working across Asia since 2010 and splits her time between Brussels and Dhaka.
  • Aveek Sen is a freelance writer and teacher in the fields of photography, cinema, the visual arts, music and literature, and lives in Calcutta. He was associate editor (editorial pages) of The Telegraph, Calcutta, and studied English literature at Jadavpur University, Calcutta, and at University College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. He has written about, and collaborated with, Roni Horn, On Kawara, Moyra Davey, Dayanita Singh, Fazal Sheikh, Simryn Gill, Pablo Bartholomew, Juergen Teller, Zuleikha Chaudhuri and Padmini Chettur. He was awarded the 2009 Infinity Award for Writing on Photography by the International Center for Photography, New York  and invited to be a contributor to the “Still Searching” blog on photography hosted by the Fotomuseum, Winterthur. He has recently published “Art & Life: 21 Essays” (Experimenter Books), and has written for Aperture Magazine, Du, Art-It and in a host of academic and non-academic books and journals.
  • Richard Schechner is editor of TDR, author, a theatre director, and University Professor Emeritus, Performance Studies, NYU. His books include Environmental Theater, Performance Theory, Between Theater and Anthropology, The End of Humanism, The Future of Ritual, Performed Imaginaries, and Performance Studies: An Introduction. He was a producing director of the Free Southern Theater and founded The Performance Group. He has directed theatre, led workshops, taught, and lectured in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.
  • The decision of the jury in selection of the recipient will be final, private and without appeal.


The name of the Grant recipient will be declared by the Alkazi Theatre Archives/ Alkazi Foundation for the Arts on August 19th 2020 – World Photography Day.

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