‘Phoenix Will Rise’, Rana Begum and Marina Tabassum, ‘Is This Tomorrow?’, Alserkal Avenue + Whitechapel Gallery, Dubai, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

The Covid-19 pandemic has left events cancelled and postponed across the world and in response the Bagri Foundation has launched an open call for Asian artists offering financial support as well as a much needed creative stimulus.

Entitled At Home in the World, this new series of £1,000 online commissions is comprised of five categories — Visual Art, Film, Sound, Lectures & Courses and the Written Word — and invites Asian artists, writers, musicians, curators, filmmakers, researchers and academics to create online works that will be presented across the Foundation’s digital platforms.

The Foundation would particularly like to see applications from those who have been adversely affected by Covid-19 and who have suffered cancellations of work as a result. There is no strict brief for the commissions, and the Foundation encourages a diversity of proposals that explore ways of thinking about survival, care and solidarity, offered from a place of hope.

At Home in the World is inspired by the Vietnamese philosopher and Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s collection of autobiographical stories of the same name, which impart mindfulness teachings, insights and life lessons. Embracing Hanh’s mindful approach, the online series has been designed for creatives from across Asia and the diaspora to share their own journeys of discovery, knowledge and ideas.

The deadline for submissions is April 17, 2020. These will be assessed by a panel of judges, with the winners announced in May 2020.

Click HERE for further information and how to apply.

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