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Inviting Goa based artists to send in proposals.

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The Goa Open Arts CATALYST Grants 2021 seek to support Goa based artists, irrespective of medium and practice, by offering a sum of INR 50,000 each for the production of a new or ongoing body of work. The duration of the grant is six months at the end of which the artists’ work will be exhibited at the next Goa Open Arts public programme in 2022.

The Open Arts Initiative began in 2019 as a way to bring together a growing community of creators living and working in Goa. Our first initiative, a 4-day public festival in February 2020 was a successful experiment which showcased the work of over 75 artists, musicians and performers across a range of practices and media, and received an overwhelming response from a diverse audience.

In the following months, as the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic cast its shadow over the country, we announced the first Goa Open Arts CATALYST Grant as a means to financially support the community of artists. The grant was awarded to 6 Goa-based artists, and concluded in ‘Retellings’, a public exhibition of the artists work, in collaboration with Sunaparanta Center for the Arts.

Towards our continuing commitment to foster a robust creative community and invigorate art practice in Goa, we are excited to announce the second edition of Goa Open arts CATALYST Grants. With the view that art plays a critical role in shaping the world we create for ourselves, we are looking for entries that are thoughtful, transformative and innovative. Projects that are explore issues related to Goa, as well as those that propose collaborations with Goa-based institutions, voluntary organizations, etc. will be given preferred consideration. 

Catalyst Grants Terms


Application deadline: 31 August 2021


The Goa Open Arts CATALYST Grant is a production support grant for Goa-based artists, to realise a new or ongoing body of work. Five grants of INR 50,000 will be made to artists working in any eligible medium.

An additional grant of  INR 50,000, supported by the Nazar Foundation will be awarded to applicants working with lens-based media. Nazar Foundation is a non-profit trust that promotes lens-based arts.

The realised work will be first exhibited at the next Goa Open Arts public program in 2022.



Any arts practitioner based in Goa is eligible to apply. There are no age restrictions on application. Arts include drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, graphic arts, performance, video art, sound art, online art, new-media practice, interdisciplinary or research-based practice, socially-engaged or public art projects and book and publishing practices. 

Individual or artist collectives may apply, if all the members are Goa-based.

The grantee must be able to realise their project for display at the end of the grant period.



A jury comprised of accomplished practitioners will make the selection. Preference will be given to projects that relate to Goa as well as those that collaborate with institutions, non-profits or other voluntary organisations in Goa. Projects will be assessed on the basis of the artists’ demonstrable commitment to her/his practice as well as of the strength of the proposal. The jury's decision will be final and binding.



Application Period: 5 August - 5 September, 2021

How to apply

To apply, please complete the Online Application Form

You will need to upload the following documents as part of your online application:

  1. CV (2 pages)

  2. PORTFOLIO (No more than 20 pages)

  3. PROPOSAL (2-4 pages, and should include the following components):

  • Project Outline (700-1000 words) 

A brief introduction to your project idea, how it relates to your previous work/interests, and your proposed production plan. You may also include sketches and images to support your proposal.

  • Budget

In this section, please briefly outline how you propose to utilise the GOA Catalyst Grant.

Please read the FAQs below

FAQ & important information


Q. Will I receive mentorship if awarded a grant?

A. All grantees will be mentored by a member of the Goa Open Arts organising committee. GOA will also organise additional peer-exchange sessions between all grant recipients and/or external mentors. 


Q. Who is the jury?

A. The grant will be juried by members of the Goa Open Arts organising committee who are accomplished creative practitioners based in Goa.


Q. If I live outside Goa am I eligible to apply?

A. No. The grant is only for artists who are based in Goa.


Q. If I was part of the Goa Open Arts Festival 2020, or received a the Catalyst Grant 2020 can I still apply for the grant?

A. Artists who have exhibited at the festival can apply, however they must propose a new body of work, or a new iteration of a previously explored idea. Recipients of The Catalyst Grant 2020 will be given lower preference for this grant. 


Q. What will happen to my work after it is completed?

A. The work will be first exhibited at the next Goa Open Arts public program scheduled for 2022. 



The artist will retain all legal ownership and copyright of the work.

Goa Open Arts will retain a 20% commission on any work sold through its festival or other public exhibition. Goa Open Arts reserves the right to showcase the artist's work for publicity purposes on digital as well as print platforms and will credit the artist.


All future exhibitions, photographic print or electronic reproduction of the work produced should use the following credit line: Supported by the Goa Open Arts CATALYST GRANT 2021​. 

Support the initiative

Goa Open Arts is a platform initiated by artists for artists to support and invigorate creative practice in Goa with the belief that creative thinking and discourse are vital for a healthy society. This initiative is supported and funded by people who acknowledge the role that art plays in community. You can support the initiative in your own way - from making a financial donation, contributing in kind or bringing on board your expertise.

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