Residency Construct
  • 2 artists from Sri Lanka and 2 artists from Tamil Nadu will be selected via an open-call for proposals. Applicants must have fluent command of Tamil in order to qualify.

  • The artists will visit their counterpart country for a 1-month residency

  • During the residency it is expected that participants will engage with local subjects and research

  • The CPB Foundation in Chennai and Kalam in Jaffna will be the hosts for the residents and will facilitate connections and discussions as required by the artists, supported by the Goethe-Institut in each country.

  • The artists will have the opportunity to meet their counterpart residents for a short interaction for 2 days once the residency begins and have the opportunity to have a public discussion where artists can share their works and meet the community.

  • The intention of the residency is for participants to create lens-based work that will be exhibited in both countries.

  • Projects created by the selected artists will be exhibited as part of the Chennai Photo Biennale Edition 4 and a possible iteration with Kalam, in Jaffna thereafter

  • Each selected artist will receive an honorarium of INR 25,000 for their participation in the  residency. Expenses towards travel and stay for the residency program will be covered by the organisers. 

  • Should a participant need to travel locally in either Tamil Nadu or beyond Jaffna for their research or to create further work, they can request additional support based on actual costs. This support is not guaranteed and will be sanctioned on a case-by-case basis subject to availability of funding.

  • Each selected artist will be required to complete their project keeping in mind the final showcase at CPB 4 no later than September 30th 2023. 

  • Tamil Speaking of either Indian or Sri Lankan descent

  • Located geographically in Tamil Nadu or Sri Lanka on a full-time basis


Open call :  Jan 15 to March 15, 2023

Residency Timeframes

June 15 - July 15 in Chennai

August 1 - August 31 in Jaffna

(Artists must be available for the one month period during these respective periods)

Application Requirements:
  • An updated CV with your current residence address

  • Your headshot

  • A valid photo ID with residence proof

  • A proposal upto 500 words outlining the construct, and directions that your project intends to take forward. Additionally, you would need to share a tentative plan of what you would like to research and explore in the partner country (Tamil Nadu, India / Sri Lanka). Please mention any local collaborators, organisations that you would like to work with in the partner country. Do keep in mind that the proposal / project should be able to culminate in a form that can be exhibited. 

  • 8-20 images of the intended project that you are proposing to build and expand. In case you do not have existing work to show, please share some of your previous body of work along with a concept note of the proposed project you aim to work on during the residency. 

  • Proposals can be submitted in English and Tamil

  • Published pieces or material regarding your project, if any

  • Please use the google form to submit your application

  • Queries to be submitted to with cc to