ON-SITE: A Workshop Exploring Process, Dialogue and Experimentation


The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art, in collaboration with Serendipity Arts Foundation, invites applications from young artists for a five-week course from September 10 until October 20, 2019, titled ON-SITE: A Workshop exploring process, dialogue and experimentation.

Duration: September 10 – October 20, 2019

Educators and Modules:

Peter Rösel |Process-oriented Strategies
Sanchayan Ghosh | Site-specific Art: Co-habiting Differences
Vidya Shivadas | Reading Site

Course Facilitator: Krishnapriya C P

Venue: Serendipity Arts Foundation, Basement, C-340, Defence Colony, New Delhi: 110024
Timings: Monday to Saturday| 11 am to 5 pm

Deadline: 25 August, 2019

The proposed course is designed to explore site-specific practice and its relation to process, research and experimentation. Casting aside the more conventional definition of intervention from the 'outside', site-specific practice today is a more complex engagement of generating a public sphere through different models of collective engagement whether of relationalism or social dialogue. The intensive programme opens up possibilities of conceptualizing and making through the process of research, reading and experimenting with mediums through collaborations and exchanges.

The three modules led by the educators will explore different perspectives, understandings, and approaches to working on and around the idea of the site. These would include looking at process-oriented strategies, tracing encounters with a site as a contested entity, and engaging with notions of interdisciplinarity and its intersections with contemporary mobilisations in site-specific practices today.

To know more about the modules and the educators, click here.

Like the previous two editions conducted in 2017 and 2018, this third edition of the course is also directed at giving students insights into how artists turn to the city into an extended studio, mining various resources, individuals and forming their own support structures. The emphasis through all the modules will remain on exercises and explorations carried out by the participants.

Objective: This course will not merely explore the technical skills devised by the respective mentors/artists, but will also aim to create an immersive environment of learning and peer sharing, encouraging engagements with larger conceptual questions these practices throw up. There will be additional sessions with invited guest practitioners.

Open Day: The sessions are designed such that the outcome of each of the sessions leads toward the making of a display. To culminate the process, there will be an Open Day at the end of the work-period to share and discuss the works and ideas generated by the participants.

Eligibility: We are seeking applications from young artists who can devote uninterrupted time for participation in this course and whose practices have a strong location or site-based orientation. Given the duration, we prefer people who are not presently enrolled in any undergraduate or postgraduate programmes.


To apply, please send the following material to, with the subject line,
'FICA SAF Course 2019'

1. Samples of your work in PDF format with a special focus on works that explore site-based orientation.
2. A short statement (300 words) about why you would like to be part of such a programme.
3. A recent CV


For Serendipity Arts Foundation and FICA, the course has been an invaluable experience in terms of building a curriculum from the inputs of practicing artists and to provide the group of young practitioners a chance to explore ideas, techniques and mediums that they would have not had access to within the formal art college programmes. It has been a very rich set of inputs the group has received and we really look forward to seeing how these young practitioners take these forward in their own bodies of practice. 

Serendipity Arts Foundation (SAF) is an arts and cultural development trust created to encourage and support the arts as a significant contributor to civil society. SAT aims to promote new creative strategies, artistic interventions, and cultural partnerships which are responsive and seek to address the social, cultural and environmental milieu. Committed to innovation, SAT intends to support, promote and create platforms for innovation and creativity providing the wider public with a unique cultural and historical source of modern contemporary art and culture. SAT programs are designed and initiated through innovative collaborations with partners across a multitude of fields, each intervention created using the arts to impact education, social initiatives, community development programmes, explore interdisciplinarity between the arts, and to better understand the shared histories of the sub-continent.