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Shrine Empire- Art Scribes Award in collaboration with Take On Art magazine is meant to promote young contemporary art writers/ curators  from India through a well organized writing competition, which would later be scrutinized by a panel of acclaimed art critics, curators and artists.

This program is a part of Shrine Empire’s efforts to build up links between intelligent art practice and informed art writing. Also, with this project, the gallery aims at supporting a set of new art professionals by providing them with the opportunities to train themselves in art writing and testing their abilities in the various facets of curatorial practice.

The winning writer gets a chance to attend the Theertha Curator Residency program in Colombo, that will be held  for a period of 1 month where the winner gets the opportunity to work with Theertha on a curatorial project.


The Curator’s Residency is formulated under the Theertha’s International Art Program specifically to encourage international and local curators to engage in interesting curatorial projects on showcasing Sri Lankan art.


Major emphasis will be given to curatorial projects that study aspects of Sri Lankan art that reflect the contemporary debates and discussion as well as its dynamics within the regional and international art scene.The program envisages an exhibiton component at the end of the program to be held at Red Dot Gallery.Theertha has in the past held number of seminal exhibitions that in many ways helped to define and popuralize experimental art and innovative curatorial projects.


TAKE on art is a quarterly published from New Delhi since 2009, comprehensively covering reports and critiques on art and cultural events from India and abroad. TAKE follows a critical approach to the larger discourse on art through curated issues with contributions by leading writers and critics from across the globe. Our previous issues have interrogated themes like Sacred, Residency, Photography, Sculpture, Collectors, Biennale, Design, Market, Curation, Gallery and Modern, situating developments in these areas within the contemporary understanding of art. Our previous issue TAKE Collector, revisited a theme from 2012 and was a reading of the collecting practices of several influential collectors of art from South Asia. The upcoming issue, TAKE Art Critic will try to identify the precedent of theory and history in art criticism through reflections on a series of carefully chosen pieces of writing from influential writers on art since the advent of print publishing in India.

As part of its outreach initiatives, TAKE also periodically organizes panel discussions, seminars, writing and curatorial workshops, and residencies around South Asia on the themes and concerns of the particular issue. We have been partners with several landmark events and initiatives in the region such as Experimenter Curator's Hub (2011, 2012, 2013), Insert 2014, Art Scribes Award 2012-13, Sarai Reader 09: Episode 1, 2 and 3, Amrita Sher-Gil National Art Week, Delhi Photo Festival etc.

The most recent outreach initiative was TAKE on Writing - Critic Community: Contemporary Art Writing in India, a four-day intensive workshop to generate a critic-community in India dedicated to further developing the practice of art writing, consisting of emerging to mid-career art writers from the country. Art Scribes Award in partnership with Shrine Empire Gallery is a similar initiative to nurture and encourage emerging writers and curators.


1) Indian citizens under the age of 50 as on 31st May 2014 are eligible for consideration.

2) Work experience of atleast 2 years in their respective fields.

3) The writer can only apply if he/she can attend a 30-day residency at Theertha Curator Residency Program,Colombo in the month of March 2015

4) The last date for receipt of submissions is 25 th November 2014. Applications received after this date will not be considered. The organizers shall not be liable for failure or delay in receipt of entries. The entries should be sent at: 

Shrine Empire/ New Delhi
7, Friends Colony West
New Delhi 110065

Tel: 011 41327630, 9818836727
Fax: 011 26326930

Contact person : Nataliya Singh



1.The applicant should submit at least five samples of their writing published in print or net space.

2.A note on the applicant’s opinion on art writing (not less than five hundred words).

3. A projection of the applicant’s activities and possible interests to be pursued during the residency period.


4.A brief outline of a proposed exhibiton that will culminate from the residency.


The following supporting material must accompany every application:

1 a) Proof of writer’s age and citizenship (attested photocopy of birth certificate, passport, or any valid government ID showing birth date and citizenship)

b) Writer’s bio-data

c) One color photo of the artist, 2 x 2 inches or larger

d) A PDF File containing the answers of the application questions and relevant documents is mandatory.This needs to be e-mailed to

2) An acknowledgement of receipt of entry will be sent to the email address of the applicant.

3) The jury will decide on the winning writer.

4) The winner will be informed by e-mail or phone and his/her name shall be published on the website within a week of the  announcement

5) There is no participation fee.

6) The majority decisions of the Judges, and of the Advisory Committee on the interpretation of all rules and regulations of the Prize, shall be final and legally binding. Reasons will not be given for any such decision and the jury and/or Advisory Committee will not enter into any correspondence regarding the merits of any decision.

7) At any time after an entry is accepted or after the Award has been granted to any entry, if a majority of Judges determine that the entry did not comply with the conditions of entry or eligibility, the award may be withdrawn from the writer.


8) Once the winner has been declared it is mandatory for him or her to attend the Residency for a 30 day period during the selected month.Due to any circumstances if the winner is unable to attend the residency the the runner up will be eligible.




1). Shrine Empire in collaboration with Theertha will fund the airfare, residency program, and provide a stipend of  US$ 500 for program duration.


2).  a).The winning writer will need to work on a chosen curatorial project for Theertha.


      b).The exhibiton project will be given 6-8 months’ time  to complete from the time of the residency.


3). The winner will curate an exhibition for Shrine Empire,New Delhi  and the Red Dot gallery in Colombo.The exhibition at Shrine Empire will need to be held within a year of the winner returning from his or her residency.


4). a). Exhibition at Red Dot will be sponsored by Theertha.  Installing the work and opening reception will be sponsored by Theertha. Curator to discuss the  logistics with Theertha team about exhibition well in advance.


   b). The exhibiton at Shrine Empire will be sponsored by the gallery .The curator will discuss the project concept,the artists and the logistics of the exhibition with the gallery before confirming with the artists.


5). Theertha will function as the facilitator to connect curator with relevant artists and provide access to its extensive data base.


6). Curatorial project would involve writing a substantial essay on the theme of the project, which will be included in the e-catalog of exhibition and other relevant documentation.


7). In some instances curator will be invited to give public lectures at selected venues during their stay at Theertha.


8). At the end of the residency the curator is expected to give a report on its entire curatorial project with a written evaluation of the program.