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Calling all artists in Goa! Goa Open Arts is awarding 6 grants of INR 30,000 | Apply by June 30/20!

UPDATE: Deadline Extended to JULY 10TH, 2020!

The Goa Open Arts CATALYST Grants seek to offer financial assistance of INR 30,000 to six practicing Goa based artists, irrespective of medium and practice.

The Goa Open Arts festival 2020 was a great experiment in galvanising the creative community of Goa onto a single platform. Showcasing the work of over 75 artists, musicians and performers across a range of practices and media, it received an overwhelming response from artists and audiences alike.

The euphoria has been quickly replaced by the impact of the ongoing pandemic.

Over the last few months, the closure of institutional and educational spaces, galleries, festivals, workshops and other spaces of gathering has been an incredible burden on the artist community and for many artists, continuing their practice under these circumstances is going to pose serious challenges.

Against this background and to continue our aim to foster a robust creative community in Goa, Goa Open Arts has instituted CATALYST Grants — 5 project-oriented awards for Goa-based artists with the intention to help them stay engaged with their practice. Additionally, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai is supporting an additional CATALYST grant for media art, the winner of which will also participate in a series of interdisciplinary, co-working labs focusing on arts and technology organised in Mumbai.

The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany and has been working actively in the fields of art, cinema, theatre, dance and literature by supporting programmes, that are interdisciplinary and promote cultural exchange of ideas.


How to apply

To apply, please complete the Online Application Form at

You will need to upload the following documents as part of your online application:

  1. CV (2 pages)

  2. PORTFOLIO (No more than 20 pages)

  3. PROPOSAL (2-4 pages, and should include the following components):

Project Outline (700-1000 words) 

A brief introduction to your project idea, how it relates to your previous work/interests, and your proposed production plan. You may also include sketches and images to support your proposal.


In this section, please briefly outline how you propose to utilise the GOA Catalyst Grant.


All information & imagery kindly contributed by the Goa Open Arts team.

Above photo includes artworks by Sanayvi Naik, Thomas Louis and Rajendra Mardolkar for Goa Open Arts Festival, 2020.

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