OPPORTUNITY: ACE Open x Kochi Biennale Foundation Residency Exchange

Applications have now closed.

Applications are now open for the ACExKBF Residency Exchange — a special initiative from ACE Open and the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF).

The ACExKBF Residency Exchange will support two South Australia-based artists to undertake residencies at Pepper House (Kochi, India) and two India-based artists to undertake residencies in Adelaide, South Australia, at ACE Open.

These residencies will afford awarded artists the opportunity to forge connections with artists, galleries and professional networks in both Kerala and South Australia accompanied by time and space for research and development toward new work. The successful applicants will also be asked to work with both organisations in presenting a public program that engages local audiences and fosters stronger connections with each organisation’s respective artistic communities. Examples of this may be workshops, panel discussions, and studio visits with local critics, curators and academics.

Call out for South Australian artists:

ACE Open is seeking applications from practicing contemporary artists to undertake a four-week residency in Kochi in 2020.

Applications are welcome from visual artists based in South Australia who meet the following criteria:

-Are eligible to travel to India
-Demonstrate an interest in undertaking research in Kerala region
-Demonstrate strength in both artistic merit and courage, supported by strong support material
-Potential career impact
-A sound proposal for potential public programs during residency period

Dates of travel must occur between 1 January and 30 April 2020.

The selected artists will receive:

-AUD$4,000 to support travel (includes flights) and residency (includes daily per diem)
-KBF will provide in-kind studio space for the duration of your residency
-KBF will provide in-kind accommodation for the duration of your residency
-ACE Open and KBF will assist the artists with their travel and visa requirements
-KBF will assist with development of public programs
-KBF will provide support with setting up meetings with and visits to artists, instituations and studios.

The ACExKBF Residency Exchange Selection Panel will be comprised of Patrice Sharkey, ACE Open Artistic Director; Vivian Cooper, ACE Open Audience Engagement & Studio Manager; Bose Krishnamachari, Kochi Biennale Foundation Director; Gautam Das, Kochi Biennale Foundation Assistant Director, Programmes.


Kochi Biennale Foundation hosts its residency programme at the 300-year-old Pepper House in Fort Kochi, India. The programme has been running since 2013 and has hosted around 50 artists from India and abroad. Pepper House has seven studio spaces, in addition to the visual arts library and the cafe. The building is a venue of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, and also hosts workshops, talks and concerts as part of the programming of the Kochi Biennale Foundation. Accommodation is arranged in apartments nearby. Pepper House is a multi-story building with inaccessible upper floors, however maintains accessible lower floor studios.

Submitting your Expression of Interest

Please submit your EOI using the relevant ONLINE FORM.

Deadline extended! Applications will now close 4pm (ACST), Friday 15 November 2019.

Applications have now closed

Make sure you have:

-Read all the information available on our website.
-Prepared your CV. When filling in the online form, be prepared to share a link to your Curriculum Vitae. Point-form is encouraged and include only what is relevant to your application (max. 1 page per group member; max. 3 pages in total)
-Prepared your support material. Support material must be provided online. Direct us to your website, Vimeo, Flickr, SoundCloud or blog. Up to three 4-6 URLs can be provided. Please ensure that any files or folders provided via a file sharing website (eg Dropbox) are set to be viewed by external parties.

Support material can include:

-images (up to 10)
-video footage (up to 10 min)
-audio (up to 10 min)
-text-based material (up to 1,000 words)
-Prepared your CV. When filling in the online form, be prepared to share a link to your Curriculum Vitae. Point-form is encouraged and include only what is relevant to your application (max. 1 page per group member; max. 3 pages in total).

Evaluation of applications will be done by a selection panel consisting of the directors and residency heads of the Kochi Biennale Foundation and ACE Open. Short-listed applicants may be required to send further documents. The final selection will be completed by 30 November, 2019.

For enquiries, please contact:

Vivian Cooper, ACE Open Audience Engagement & Studio Manager, publicprograms@aceopen.art or +61 08 8211 7505

ACE Open will be holding an Information Night on Tuesday 5 November, 5.30-6.30pm. Staff will be able to answer questions about the residency and the application process. The Information Night is free, please RSVP if you would like to attend.

About Kochi Biennale Foundation

Kochi Biennale Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust engaged in promoting art & culture and educational activities in India; primary amongst them the hosting of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, an art exhibition and festival that is the largest of its kind in South Asia.  The Foundation works throughout the year to strengthen contemporary art infrastructure and to broaden public access to art across India through a diverse range of programmes.

ACE Open x KBF exchange is supported by Australia Council for the Arts.