Call for Exhibition Proposals

The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2019

Mumbai Art Room is excited to launch our 2020 call for applications for our January exhibition and Curatorial Lab. We are inviting project proposals from emerging curators to be realised in the form of an exhibition. Proposals can include one or multiple artists.

While the strength of the proposed artist(s) portfolios will be taken into account, our interest is primarily in what you as the curator will do to connect your areas of interest with the artwork you are proposing.

This will typically require an awareness of what you bring to the table by way of your own practices and preoccupations, as well as an understanding of the artist(s) work.

The chosen curator will benefit from MAR’s Curatorial Lab which comprises coaching and advice of the Curatorial Committee, as well as from Eve Lemesle in quality of Managing Director of Mumbai Art Room.

The Curatorial Committee includes:

- Nancy Adajania, Cultural theorist and co-curator of the 9th Gwangju Biennial, Mumbai, India;

- Anne Barlow, Director, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, UK;

- Diana Campbell Betancourt, Artistic Director, Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh & Artistic Director; Bellas Artes Projects, Bataan, Philippines;

- Catherine Morris, Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A Sackler Centre for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum;

- Iftikhar Dadi, Associate Professor, Department of History of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA;

- Susan Hapgood, Executive Director,, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, USA;

- Dr. Iftikhar Dadi, Associate Professor, Department of History of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

One of these mentors will be available to you for feedback and mentorship in the preparatory months leading up to the exhibition.

In preparing your application, we ask that you take into consideration the various roles of the curator, from coming up with the exhibition’s concept, planning, execution, and budgeting, as well as being able to articulate your ideas well in the proposal and subsequent curatorial note.

We are open to all forms of artistic and curatorial practice from within the contemporary art context and are ultimately concerned with what can happen at the place where your areas of interest and the artworks intersect.

Public Outreach

Along with the exhibition, you will need to propose a public outreach programme. This could take the shape of a walkthrough (with the artist, curator or another related figure), panel discussion, workshop or collaborations with other institutions, etc. We encourage workshops with children and have special funding for it.

The aim of this is to push young curators to think outside of the gallery walls and create a robust programme that will keep the space/show activated through the exhibition period.


- A 10 weeks exhibition at Mumbai Art Room

- A curator fee of INR 10,000

- An exhibition budget of up to INR 80,000. This amount must be split between production needs, public outreach, shipping, installation and travel.

- Mumbai Art Room will provide critical engagement towards the conceptual development of the project and logistical support towards the production of the exhibition.  We will oversee expenditures and do our best with press coverage.


- Indian citizens, up to the age of 40 years, currently living and working in India

- Open to developing your artistic practice and presenting your curatorial work


- Curricula vitae, detailing education, solo or group shows, and, or, curatorial projects if any

- A concept note (250 words max) explaining the terms of the proposed collaboration, and a description of the project (500 words max)

- A provisional budget including estimations for research, production, and installation, shipping and travel, not exceeding INR 80,000

- Public outreach ideas

- Relevant examples of your individual work

- Check list of submitted work (images, texts, audios, videos, URLs, etc.)


Images: Submit up to 10, high in quality but small in size (less than 250KB each)

Texts: Submit up to 3 examples, published or unpublished

Audio files: Submit up to 3 examples of up to 10 minutes each

Videos: Submit up to 3, either URLs if available online or use one of the following upload

Please label your files as following: Name_of_the_project_Budget.xls for proposal related material, and Surname_CV.pdf for individual work. Images should include captions and we highly encourage you to submit all visual material in one document / portfolio, rather than separate files, ideally in PDF format.

Please send all links and attachments in one email. The subject of your email should be titled Call for a Collaboration / Name of your project.

Email application materials to:


- The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2019

- Selected applicants will be informed by mid-August 2019.

- Applicants should make time in their individual schedules to commit to working together and in dialogue with Mumbai Art Room toward the development and realisation of the project during the months of August 2019 to January 2020.

- The exhibition will open late January 2020.