Fearless Collective Public Art Residency Programme for South Asian Women 2020 (Fully funded)

Deadline: November 15th 2019.

Fearless Collective Public Art Residency Programme for South Asian Women 2020 (Fully funded)

WE ARE LOOKING FOR 10 ARTISTS, ACTIVISTS, VISUAL STORYTELLERS

Fearless began in 2012 with a single poster made by Indian artist Shilo Shiv Suleman in response to a moment of national trauma. Over the past 7 years, Shilo has developed a Public Art methodology that places affirmations at the centre of social change; using beauty as resistance and fearlessness as a tool for reclaiming public space.

The Fearless methodology is a six step process that uses storytelling and participative public art to move from fear to love in public space, to reclaim self-representation, make monuments to personal histories and political realities, and transform public spaces into the safe and sacred worlds we would like to inhabit.

This year, we are dreaming of more women on the streets, brushes in their hands, facilitating critical social justice conversations with communities, transforming them into art, and claiming public space. We want to make this dream come true through our first Fearless Collective Public Art Residency in South Asia.

In the Fearless Collective Residency, we will convene 10 artists from across South Asia to be mentored by Shilo in the Fearless methodology and practice. Residents will spend 10 days learning participative storytelling methods and refining their public art practice via workshops and hands-on mural training with 3 communities in Sri Lanka. Through this Residents will learn the Fearless Public Art Methodology and gain the skills they need to take this practice into their streets. The Residency will take place in February 2020. Artists will then return to their home countries and conduct their own independent public art interventions in the spaces they inhabit over the course of 2020.

If you are selected, you will be mentored by artist and Fearless Founder Shilo Shiv Suleman over the course of a year (or a lifetime). This will begin with a 10 day immersive Residency Programme in Sri Lanka, in which you will learn the Fearless Public Art Methodology and gain the skills you need to take this practice into the streets in your own home places and start your own

During the Residency Programme, all your expenses will be taken care of. You will be flown, fed, accommodated and loved by us. Moreover, you will also receive seed grants to continue doing the work in your (mother) land.

Criteria 

Please proceed to fill out this application if you are: 

  • A Women, Queer, Trans, and non-gender binary identifying person
  • Aged 20——35 (though this shouldn’t be a barrier to applying)
  • Primarily based in South Asia -India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Tibet, Bhutan, Maldives, Afghanistan. South Asian Diaspora, located anywhere in the world, (you are) welcome here.
  • Seeking to learn the Fearless Methodology and Values to respond to moments of fear and trauma in your own home spaces
  • A Visual Storyteller – of all kinds: mural painters, illustrators, visual artists, graphic designers, fine artists
  • Hold feminist values near and dear in your life and in your art practice
  • Comfortable speaking/working/being in public space (often surrounded by many different kinds of people). This is not an intimate practice. You will need to surrender, compromise, and stand ground (again and again)
  • Able to engage with others, of all sorts, and don’t shy away from difficult conversations or navigating conflict/resolution
  • An attentive and active listener

Crafts you come with or are interested in exploring are:

Healing, Emotional Intelligence, Public Space, Ritual, Ceremony, Feminine Energy, Social Justice , Spiritual Practice. Art. Activism, South Asia, Cross Border Relationships, Feminism, (overcoming) Fear (with) Love, Reclamation (of inner life and public space), Cultural Restoration, Preservation, Protection, Release.

We especially encourage women and queer artists who identify as Indigenous, Adivasi, Dalit, or as belonging to a marginalized and misrepresented community.

The Residency will be facilitated in English, but don’t let language be a barrier; applications and residents in any language are welcome, we will do our best to accommodate you.

During the Residency Programme, all your expenses will be taken care of. You will be flown, fed, accommodated and loved by us. You will also receive seed grants to continue doing the work in your (mother) land, to create a minimum of 1 large scale or 2 smaller scale public murals using the Fearless Methodology.

The Application Period is open from October 16 – November 15, 2019.  Please follow this link to apply.

Final Residents will be notified by the end of December.

If you’d like to go through our FAQ’s click here