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Announcing the third edition of the Goa Open Arts Grants program. There are two grant types available for the 2022-2023 cycle:



The Catalyst Grant supports Goa-based creative practitioners in the production of a new or ongoing body of work. Practitioners working in any medium are invited to apply. As the name suggests, the grant encourages artists to take risks and explore new challenges or ways of working within their existing practice. We welcome applications that spark debate, reflect on the socio-cultural landscape, and which introduce new ideas, methodologies or collaborations into an artists’ practice.



The Engage Grant focuses on community-based projects in the public sphere. The intention of this grant is to highlight process based practices which involve the active engagement of a community or public. The Engage Grant was launched in 2021, with the Aldona Mural Project which involved a group of artists mentoring local children to come together and paint the wall of a run-down community park.

Catalyst Grants Terms


Application deadline: 15 November 2022


  • The Goa Open Arts CATALYST + ENGAGE Grants offer production, mentoring and exhibition support for Goa-based artists, to realise a new or ongoing body of work. 

  • Each grant of INR 50,000 will be made to artists / collectives working in any eligible medium.

  • The realised work must be first exhibited at the next Goa Open Arts exhibition in April / May 2023.

  • The outcome of the Engage Grant may be site-specific and located anywhere in Goa. The grantee must be able to show documentation or reference to the project as part of the Goa Open Arts exhibition in May 2023. 

  • All Grantees will be expected to be in Goa for the duration of the exhibition, and oversee the installation and de-installation of their work.

  • All Grantees will be invited to conduct a workshop or public program during the course of the exhibition period. 



  • 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.



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.



Application Deadline: 15th November, 2022

Grant Announcement: 1st week December

Grant Period: 15th December 2022 - 15th April 2023

Exhibition: April / May 2023



To apply, please complete the Online Application Form. 


You will need to upload the following documents as part of your online application. All sections are mandatory for your application to be considered elligble. 

  1. CV (2 pages)

  2. Portfolio (No more than 20 pages)

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


a) 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.


b) Budget

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



Please read the FAQs below before applying

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.


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 Catalyst Grant or Engage Grant in the past can I still apply for the grant?

A. Yes, artists who have exhibited before can still apply, however they must propose a new body of work, or a new iteration of a previously explored idea.


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 2023. 


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

Goa Open Arts will retain a 50% commission on any work sold through its festival or other public exhibition.


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 2022 or ENGAGE GRANT 2022, as applicable

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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