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Critical writing

Art Writers’ Awardee Najrin Islam at Villa Sträuli

The Art Writers’ Award (AWA) 2018-19 includes

– A residency of upto 45 days in Switzerland with all expenses covered including return airfare, cost of accommodation, a per diem, as well as travel allowance within Switzerland.

– Appointment of a Swiss coach to recommend people and spaces relevant to the recipient’s field of research.

– Introduction to and facilitation of access to archives, museums, galleries, institutions, artists and writers.

– The selected applicant is expected to submit a research paper for publication or a proposal for a curatorial project within 3 months of the completion of the residency.

TAKE on art in collaboration with Pro Helvetia- Swiss Arts Council presents the ART WRITERS’ AWARD (AWA) 2018-19 to Najrin Islam.

Pro Helvetia New Delhi congratulates Najrin Islam. Najrin’s research theme is based on Performance and Sound Arts stood out, as she intricately connected her research with the archival resources in Switzerland, giving a sense of purpose, concrete dimensions and political integrity to her proposed theme.

The selection was made by a panel of jury members that included, Katya Garcia Anton (Director, OCA, Norway), Santhosh Sadanandan (Assistant Professor, Ambedkar University, Delhi), Bhavna Kakar (Editor and Publisher, TAKE on art) and Akshay Pathak (Director, Pro Helvetia- Swiss Arts Council).

About the award
TAKE on art Writing series was conceived to foster a writers’ and critics’ community, to generate discourse and keep conversations alive in the field of art. TAKE has always been keen on supporting emerging art writers and researchers, who have been demonstrating extraordinary skills in their respective areas of interest. In continuation of TAKE’s commitment to art writing and the Pro Helvetia-Swiss Arts Council’s sustained efforts in promoting critical discourse, we are pleased to announce the Art Writers’ Award (AWA), 2019. The award will identify and support one Indian writer and offer the recipient a research residency at Villa Straeuli in Switzerland for a period of upto 45 days.