India Foundation for the Arts
in collaboration with
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya
invites applications for
Two Museum Fellowships
Application deadline: May 31, 2016
(To download the call in Hindi, click here)
This initiative is supported by TATA TRUSTS
India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), Bhopal, invites applications for two Museum Fellowships for a period of ten months each.
The Museum Fellowships have been initiated with the two-fold objective of providing practitioners with an opportunity to generate new, creative and critical approaches to public engagement with collections in museums and energising museums as spaces for dialogue and discourse. (For more information log on to www.indiaifa.org)
The IGRMS is an ethnographic museum in Bhopal. Established in 1977, the museum covers over 200 acres of land. With both indoor and outdoor galleries the museum aims at highlighting the richness and diversity of India through its collection of over 25,000 traditional and cultural objects.
About the Museum:
The IGRMS museum in Bhopal is a wonderful resource for practicing artists, anthropologists, designers, architects and others. The museum includes both outdoor and indoor exhibits: the outdoor exhibits comprise life-size dwellings that have been constructed by different tribal communities themselves with materials that are traditionally used for their construction; the large collection of objects are displayed in ten indoor galleries with active involvement of the community groups.
The IGRMS has categorised their collection into seventeen functional categories that include agriculture, animal husbandry, art and craft, basketry, fishing, games, and amusements, household objects, hunting implements, musical instruments, the paraphernalia around narcotics, ornaments, objects used for rituals, articles used for spinning and weaving, textiles, dresses, and costumes, vehicles of travel and transport. Almost all of these objects have been collected through field work from different communities and regions from all over the country while others have been acquired from other institutions.
About the Fellowship:
The aim of this fellowship is to re-think the role of an ethnographic museum in contemporary society. It gives fellows the opportunity to reflect on the history of ethnographic museums and the colonial attitudes that animated them in the first place and to view them now in a globalised contemporary context.
Using the pool of artifacts in the museum collection as the starting point, and stimulus, for visual experimentation and research, the fellows are encouraged to discover new meanings around given objects of heritage by exploring their political, economic, religious and social aspects besides the cultural.
These alternate ways of interpreting, describing and displaying the objects, we hope, will result in an exhibition, a series of activities such as talks, workshops and other public programmes over a time-period of ten months.
Application requirements / application process & important dates:
Your application must include:
Please address any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 080-2341 4681 / 82
Please post the required documents to IFA in an envelope marked 'IGRMS Fellowship' by May 31, 2016.
Please also send a soft copy of the documents to email@example.com
IGRMS Museum Fellowship
India Foundation for the Arts
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