Information for applicants

Sanskriti Kendra Residency 2019


New Delhi, India
23 September – 1 November 2019

Sanskriti Kendra is a residential retreat on the outskirts of New Delhi offering artists from diverse cultures the opportunity to reflect, interact and create. International artists coexist with Indian artisans and contemporary Indian artists in an environment that aims to enrich and strengthen the bonds of shared cultural experiences and to encourage the fruition of individual creative endeavour.

Artists will be introduced to and given tuition in Indian craft techniques through selected workshops and provided with valuable contacts to facilitate their work. Also available is the opportunity to present work in public forums, use the extensive studio and workshop facilities, arrange day trips to other parts of India and spend a day with young people at local schools.

The modern facilities and exceptionally skilled and bilingual staff will provide artists with invaluable experience and an opportunity to further develop their skills and career. Artists have the opportunity to meet, learn from and be inspired by international and local artists. The boundaries of each artist’s knowledge and practice are broadened during this unforgettable opportunity.

The residency facilities and services include:

  • Accommodation with kitchenettes (Please note accommodation may be twin share with other Helpmann supported artists).
  • Fully equipped studios with work surfaces, easels and storage space.
  • Computer and internet facilities.
  • Three vegetarian meals per day with tea/coffee served twice daily.
  • Gallery Spaces.
  • Library / Research Centre.
  • Technical assistance by qualified staff.
  • General living and travel advice and assistance.

For more information visit the Sanskriti website


Visual artists, up to five years following their final year of study from the Helpmann Academy’s partner institutions.

Honours graduates up to 5 years post-graduation are eligible if Honours were undertaken in direct succession of an eligible undergraduate degree.

*Refer to the Who We Support page of Helpmann’s website for a list of eligible courses.


The total value of the Residency is $5,000 AUD

Helpmann Academy makes all payments to the residency, which covers the full cost of your time at Sanskriti, including room and board.

The remaining balance after all residency costs have been paid (approx. $1,500) is provided to the artist to assist in flights and other expenses (see below).

Costs Covered by the Helpmann Academy

  • Visas.
  • Residency costs.

Costs Covered by the Artists:

  • Airfares*.
  • Airport transfers*.
  • Medical costs such as vaccinations and travel insurance (documentation of these is required before departure).
  • Passport application/renewal fees if required.
  • Art materials purchased while at Sanskriti.
  • Food, travel and accommodation for side trips undertaken outside Sanskriti.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Potential freight costs for created work.

*The Helpmann Academy will put you in touch with our preferred travel agent, Angas Travel, who will organise return flights, and transfers to and from Sanskriti on your behalf.


The Helpmann Academy will make all reservations at Sanskriti Kendra on your behalf.

Artists are responsible for booking flights, visa’s (cost covered by Helpmann), and transfers with Angas Travel.

Artists are required to provide the travel agent with all supporting documentation to facilitate flight bookings and visas


Thursday, 9 May 2019
12 noon – 1:30pm
Helpmann Academy meeting room
Suite 422, Level 4, 147 Pirie St, Kaurna Yarta, Adelaide

Please register your attendance here.

Artists interested in applying are encouraged to attend an information session hosted by the Helpmann Academy.

Artists who have undertaken the residency in previous years will be in attendance, providing first-hand insight and experience, and answer any queries you may have.

Topics covered in the information session will include:

  • Travel and visa arrangements.
  • Information and advice from previous recipients about their experience.
  • Introduction to Sanskriti Kendra.
  • Helpful information about travelling in India.
  • Helpful information about how the Sanskriti Kendra Residency functions.
  • Advice on writing your application.
  • The opportunity to ask any questions you might have.

Please register your attendance at [email protected]


Applications are due by 11.59pm ACST, Friday 31 May, 2019.

Applications are submitted online here.

Applicants are required to complete a number of questions and provide supporting documentation and material.

Written responses

The questions requiring written responses are:

  • Why do you want to undertake a residency at Sanskriti Kendra, and how would this opportunity contribute to the development of your art practice (conceptually, technically, etc)?
  • What do you intend to do while at Sanskriti Kendra?
  • What are your artistic goals and aspirations for the future, and how do you align these with your anticipated outcomes of the residency at Sanskriti Kendra?

Required support material

The following documentation and material must be provided:

  • Proposed budget for the six-week residency
  • Artist CV.
  • Academic Transcript.
  • Up to 8 images of your work.
  • For graduates up to 3 years out from study: An endorsement letter from a previous lecturer / head of school (provided on letterhead).
  • For graduates 3-5 years out of study: An endorsement letter from an industry leader, or previous lecturer / head of school.

Additional (optional) support material may be supplied such as reviews, press coverage of your work, website links or other material that you feel will support your application.

Applicants are welcome to submit a draft application to receive feedback before submitting their final application. Draft applications must be received by Friday 17 May.

The successful applicants will clearly demonstrate how undertaking the Sanskriti residency will contribute to their professional development.

A panel facilitated by the Helpmann Academy will assess applications based on:

  • The impact the residency will have on the applicant’s professional development / artistic practice.
  • How the applicant will maximise their time at the residency.
  • The applicants’ level of artistic merit.
  • The personal and professional qualities the applicant is able to contribute.

Personal Attributes of Applicants:

  • Willingness to be flexible and open to new experiences.
  • Ability to be open to and respectful of customs and traditional cuisine.
  • A strong commitment to learning about and engaging with another culture.

Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview.

For more information about the residency or submitting an application, please contact the Helpmann Academy on (08) 7089 0720 or at [email protected].

Header image: Photograph by Georgia Matthews, 2016 Sanskriti Kendra Residency participant.