"We invite those who can challenge our thinking"
The Bagri Foundation has launched an amazing initiative of an open call for At Home in the World for Asian creatives in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Registered as a UK charity, the Bagri Foundation explores unique and diverse ideas which compose of traditional and contemporary notions of Asian culture.
At Home in the World is a new series of five £1,000 online commissions which comprise of five categories.
This includes Visual Art, Film, Sound, Lectures and Courses and the Written Word.
The initiative invites Asian artists, writers musicians, curators, filmmakers, researchers and academics to create online works which will be showcased across the Bagri Foundation’s digital platforms.
A trustee of the Bagri Foundation, Alka Bagri, explained the importance of the open call. She said:
“I feel more than ever that art and culture are a key component of how we will get through this very difficult period.
“At Home in the World is one way in which we hope to offer assistance and to release a wellspring of creativity that can be experienced digitally.”
In particular, the Bagri Foundation is calling for applicants who have adversely suffered from COVID-19 and those who have experienced work cancellations as a result.
Applications can be made from anyone who considers themselves a budding artist with no geographical and age restrictions.
Submissions can be made by a single artist. Alternatively, artist collectives can also submit proposals.
With no strict guidelines for the commissions, the Bagri Foundation encourages care and solidarity, a range of proposals, diversity, experimental ways of survival and a sense of hope.
Head of Arts at the Bagri Foundation, Chelsea Pettitt, expresses her excitement concerning the project. She said:
“We are constantly exploring new ways of assisting artistic projects and we hope that these new commissions will be the first of many similar initiatives.”
“As we enter a new world, which may look very different from the one we’ve always known, we invite those who can challenge our thinking and encourage others through unique and unexpected ideas.”
Inspired by the Vietnamese philosopher and Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s collection of namesake autobiographical stories the At Home in the World takes heed from the mindfulness wisdom, intuitions and lessons.
The online initiative implements Hanh’s teachings to encourage creatives from across Asia to share their meaningful journeys, knowledge and notions.
Deadline for submissions is April 17, 2020, at 5pm GMT. The selected artists will be revealed in May 2020.
If you are an artist and would like to share your experience on a fantastic digital platform be sure to submit your application.