The Goa Open Arts CATALYST Grants were instituted in 2020 in response to the devastating impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on the art world. The closure of institutional and educational spaces, galleries, festivals, workshops and other places of gathering became an incredible burden on the artist community and for many artists, continuing their practice under those circumstances proved to pose serious challenges. The aim of the CATALYST Grants was to provide an impetus to artists to continue their practice under these difficult situations by providing financial support to initiate new work and additionally create opportunities to showcase their work at public events.
The first edition of the Goa Open Arts Catalyst Grants awarded 6 Goa-based artists and culminated in ‘Retellings’, a public exhibition of the artists' work in collaboration with Sunaparanta Center for the Arts. The impact of the grants was far more meaningful than just the modest amount of financial support. It provided the necessary motivation to our awardees to initiate new projects, created engagement, triggered creativity and the resulting exhibition amply showed that.
The positive impact of the Goa Open arts CATALYST Grants and the continuing disruption caused by the pandemic led us to announce the second round of the Grants. Going forward we hope to make the Catalyst Grants a recurring award in future years to support artistic explorations, promote community engagement and provide a platform for artists to interact with the public.
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