Deadline: 30/05/2019

Raghurajpur International Art/Culture Exchange (RIA/CE)

A unique opportunity to work with the Masters of a Heritage Village in Odisha, India.

Description of residency program
The Raghurajpur International Art/Culture Exchange (RIA/CE) is an opportunity for contemporary, conceptual and craft artists to exchange ideas and skills with the traditional craftspeople of Orissa, India.  During the 5-week exchange, artists from around the world will have the opportunity to study with master craftsmen and learn traditional skills such as palm leaf carving, stone and wood carving, PataChitra and Tassar painting, Dhokra (metal casting), Coir (coconut straw) toy making, paper mache mask making, Ganjapa playing card making and cow dung toy making.  Performing artists as well can revel in classical dance forms such as Gotipua, Odishi, and folk forms like Naga, Durga, Chaitighoda (horse) dancing and Paikaakhada (fire dancing).  This vast knowledge and these traditional skills can be incorporated into an individual’s practice, producing contemporary artwork that addresses concerns with deconstructed forms of traditional craft.  In exchange the international artists will share their ideas about art with the villagers, who can also benefit from this exchange and have it inform their traditional art.  There are many spaces where various art forms will be taught.  Artists will have 5 day studio access a week, with participation in weekly workshops.  Artists can attend any of the offered workshops as long as it’s for the one week period (no workshop hopping during the week).  Artists can attend the same workshop for the entire 5 weeks if they want concentrated work in that area or they can choose a different workshop each week.  Artists are welcome to work on their personal artwork in lieu of attending workshops if desired for some or all of the time.

Length of Residency
5 weeks

Accommodation Information
Artists will share accommodations and all meals and bottled water is provided.  Artists are housed in a building that was built to be the village library.  Sleeping areas range from double rooms to spacious open rooms that can sleep up to eight artists.  As per local custom, beds are mattresses on the floor with pillow and sheet.  Local food includes 3 meals provided a day.  Food will be real Orian vegetarian dishes, typical of the food the villagers eat.  Chicken or fish may be offered on special occasions.  Tea and coffee are available throughout the day.  Filtered water will be available for artists to use and to fill their water bottles.  (The spring water in the village is also potable.) 

Artists can visit the Sun Temple Konark, Khandagiri & Udaygiri Caves, Dhauli Hill, Puri Beach and Chilika Lake, 64 Yogini Temple, Rantnagairi and Udaygiri Hills Buddhist monuments at the artist’s expense.

Studio Information
Artists will be given studio space to make work using the new processes acquired and use of grounds for installations and performances.  Grounds include numerous interesting spaces; i.e. river, ponds, palm groves, ancient tree forests, surrounding tribal villages, wide streets, culture center, and open fields.

Paid by Artist
RIA/CE is a not for profit enterprise.  To cover expenses of housing, food and workshops, artists will be charged $300 USD per week (approximately 19,000 INR per week).  Additionally, artists will have to cover their travel and transportation costs (plus visa costs).

A non-refundable deposit of $300 USD is required in order to hold selected artist’s spots in the Exchange.  This can be submitted via Paypal or post.  If not received, another artist will be selected and the space will be forfeited.

Application Guideline
Applications for RIA/CE 2018 are being accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis.  There are still several openings left for RIA/CE 2018, so if you are interested in attending, please submit your application as soon as possible.

Apply by submitting the following information via e-mail at

Application form must be filled out in full (can be downloaded from the website at

Current resume/curriculum vitae is required.

Six digital images representative of your current artwork (include the materials/medium and year of work).

Artist’s Statement (200 words or less) describing your art practice.

A short write-up (200 words or less) detailing why you would like to attend RIA/CE.

Raghurajpur International Art/Culture Exchange  (RIA/CE)

Raghurajpur International Art/Culture Exchange (RIA/CE)


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