Deadline: 01/03/2019


Live and make art in a cultural heritage village in India.

Brief description of organisation
Kalakhetra Internataional Artist’s Residency is an artist run residency that seeks to bring western and other international artists into collaboration and exchange with the visual artists of Raghurajpur, a cultural villiage in Odisha (Orrisa) India. Staff for the program consist of two villiage artists: Sundarshan Swain (master stone carver) and Raghunath (Choi) Das (master palm leaf carver) , international coordinator: Emily Schuhmann (metalsmith and adjunct professor), and state coordinator Mahavir (Anu) Anjan Gourab.
As a working international collaboration, the program blends local workshops arranged by Sundarshan and Choi with excursions, traditional studio time, and critiques/conversations arranged by Emily.

Brief description of residency program
Kalakhetra (Perform Odisha) residency is an interactive and immersive program where artists live along side village artists/craft people. During the residency artists will have the opportunity to learn a variety of arts and crafts in the form of patachitra , tassar painting, palm leaf engraving , paper mache , cow dung toys , dhokara (brass casting) ,stone carving , wood carving , patch work(modern applique), ganjapa playing cards, coir toys and teracuta. There is also shared studio space for artists to make their own work outside of the offered workshops/programs.
Living in the village gives artists direct access to many of the rich and inspiring cultural events which occur throughout India- artists will see Idols being built and enjoyed in celebrations, can take part in community meals, and can enjoy dancing and other community programs.
Kalakhetra provides local accommodations, food, and instructors to participants.
***We also offer a create your own residency ANY time of year for ANY duration**
It is possible to visit solo or in a small group during the rest of the year and to customize the instruction you wish to receive while in the villiage. Contact us if you would like to set up your own residency plan, separate from the main 5 weeks.

Disciplines and media

  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Cow Dung Toy Making, Patachitra Painting, Palm Leaf Carving

Type of organisation

  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies

  • 1 week
  • 1 year
  • more than 1 year
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • 1 month
  • between 1 and 3 months
  • 3 months
  • between 3 and 6 months
  • 6 months
  • between 6 months and 1 year

Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed

  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets

The number of international residents at the residency fluctuates from 1-20. Depends on the time of year. There are always local artists at work in Raghurajpur


We encourage participants to apply for travel and residency grants in their home countries and are able to provide letters of support and affiliation to any applicant accepted into the program. These letters are acceptance letters sent Via email. We do not fill in applications for the attendees or provide any direct financial support.

Expenses paid by artist

  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Other

the $300 weekly costs covers housing, supplies, and food.

Expectations of the artist

  • Presentation
  • Cleaning
  • Exhibition
  • Other

Expenses paid by the organisation

  • Supplies
  • Food

Application who/how
Digital Application

Selection procedure
By Committee

Presentation of artists' work
Arranged on a case-by-case basis



  • Internet Connection
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Musical Instruments
  • some musical tools and regional supplies are provided
  • Kitchen
  • Woodworking Tools

Number of studios


  • Private Room
  • Shared Room
  • Shared Apartment

Working language(s)

  • English
  • Oriya (Odia), Hindi, International Coordinator Speaks conversational German

Other activities happening at the space

  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions

APPLICATION: Send CV and Statement of why you want to participate in our program to Address questions & application to "Emily Schuhmann & Raghunath Das". 




Application deadline

Residency starts

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