began as a proposition: a space for artists, run by artists.
From its modest beginnings in 1997 as an annual workshop, it has built an international reputation for outstanding alternative arts incubation. It plays a central role in the development of experimental, interdisciplinary and critical contemporary art practice in India, constantly challenging the established thinking about art.
With a focus on building networks, developing alternative pedagogies and learning through collaboration and exchange, Khoj programmes have nurtured vibrant imaginations and created unconventional synapses between art and disciplines such as science, architecture and fashion. Moreover, Khoj facilitates change by encouraging artists and audiences to engage with vital concerns such as ecology, sustainability and community
Though a variety of programmes including workshops, residencies, exhibitions, talks and community art projects, Khoj has supported the experimentation of many leading Indian artists before their international acclaim. Over 200 Indian and 400 International Artists from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Uganda, Kenya, Turkey, Pakistan, Japan, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Korea, UK, Germany, France, Mexico and America have been through Khoj.
In its uncompromising commitment to supporting creative thinking by building an institutional infrastructure for the production, exhibition and study of contemporary art in India, Khoj is creating a legacy for the future.
Aims and Objectives:
- To actively assist, develop and promote new , investigative and experimental art practice
- To promote discussion, understanding and appreciation of contemporary arts issues and to provide a forum for critical debate
- To encourage and support the production and the exchange of ideas by Indian, south Asian and international artists
- To actively facilitate an informal network of contemporary artists both within the region and abroad
- To develop new and informed audiences
- To support emerging artists and artists from smaller cities and marginalised areas
Khoj International Artists' Association was established in 1997 and is a registered society under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860.
Khoj acquired a building in Khirki village located in south Delhi. Anchoring an erstwhile tentative, fluid entity into brick and mortar, Khirki Gaon is an urban village established in the 13th Century and is known for its famous and stunningly beautiful Khirkee Masjid (mosque) built in 1380 AD. Khoj hosts visiting artists, curators and art professionals from all over the world and facilitates their access to Indian artists and arts practice. Through active resource – sharing, Khoj has catalysed communities of artists and ideas into networks in Indian and south Asia. Khoj has researched, initiated and facilitated the South Asia Network for the Arts (SANA) since 2000. This network has articulated interactions between diverse groups of artists, geographies and cultures.
From 2007-2011, Khoj supported three not-for-profit artist led initiatives in different parts of India leading to the formation of a National Network. Khoj has expanded the sector by encouraging the development of experimental practice across India. The following organizations were part of the National Network :
Studio and Office address
Khoj studios, S-17, (near Sai Baba Temple)
Khirkee Extension, New Delhi - 110017
Telephone: (+91)65655873 / 65655874 / 29545274
Khoj Studio Facilities
The studios double as a gallery and a viewing space for film screenings, artists presentations. The office supports a library of artists catalogs, books and CD's with a special focus on artists from India, South Asia (Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh) and Asia.
Residencies at Khoj are between 4-6 weeks. During this period, the residency participants have access to Studio facilities and equipment at Khoj. There are five well ventilated studios for artists. All studios are wi-fi enabled.
We are able to provide only basic tools as hammers, saws, cutters, drill machine, screwdrivers. These are to be shared by the artists.
Our in-house Media Lab houses digital media-based equipment to facilitate digital photography, design, digital video editing, sound recording and mixing.
Khoj Artists' Accommodation
Rooms are available on twin sharing basis to accommodate upto six people. A kitchenette equipped with gas stove, toaster, refrigerator, electric kettle and basic utensils, is provided for basic use. The residence is wi-fi enabled.
People @ Khoj
Khoj sees itself as an organic being, a network organization in continuous flux built and sustained by the passion, vision and experience of many individuals. Khoj takes this opportunity to thank all the people who over the past 14 years have helped steer its course.
- Amar Kanwar
- Anita Dube, Founding Member
- Arunkumar HG
- Bharti Kher, Founding Member, Chairperson
- Manisha Parekh, Founding Member
- Pooja Sood Founding Member, Director
- Rahul Srivastava
- Subodh Gupta, Founding Memeber
- Urvashi Butalia
Meet our Team
Simrat Dugal, Manjiri Dube, Tashi Yangzom, Noopur Raval, Tenzin Lekmon, Sitara Chowfla
Finance and Administration
V.P. Manoj, Adil Akhtar
Arun Chetri, Manohar, Ramesh Bisht
Programmes at Khoj
- International Residencies
- International Workshops
- Associate Residencies
- Community Art
- In Context : Public.Art.Ecology
- Peers: Student Residency
- Curatorial Residencies
The Khoj Internship Program is designed to encourage art students andyoung creative practitioners from diverse backgrounds to develop their skills and learn by participating in various Khoj programs. Interns are assigned during residencies and they are expected to support and facilitate the requirements of the artist and learn through the process of hands-on interaction and work. The student internships are a vital form of audience development and outreach.
This programme is open to all Indian students/ individuals interested in the arts. All interns receive a stipend for the duration of the project.
Application for the Internships may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application must include your updated bio, a letter of intent and say Internship in the subject line.
Khoj welcomes applications and proposals from creative practitioners, particularly those interested in interdisciplinary and experimental practice. Artists working in all media are invited to send in proposals. Since we have limited resources all applications cannot be realized. Only Short listed proposals will be reviewed by Khoj.
Due to a large number of emails that we receive, we might not be able to reply immediately to all enquiries .
Applicants should not expect to profit financially from their stay in India, as this is a cultural development programme. For participants invited or selected for a residency, Khoj provides artists’ studios, accommodation and expenses for production. We also give a small per-diem to cover some of the living expenses. The traveling expenses are covered depending upon the funds available for a residency.
Artists are encouraged to raise funding to cover their residency in New Delhi. Khoj is committed to raise funds for artists from the developing World and from countries that lack funding structures.