PEERS 2019

Open Day: Thursday, 20th July 2019


PEERS is a five week residency programme at Khoj International Artists’ Association that provides emerging artists from India with an opportunity for exchange and dialogue. It aims to provide young artists a forum for experimentation and interaction with the larger creative community, and attempts to create a network of diverse artists across mediums and disciplines.

PEERS has been one of Khoj’s pioneering programmes, and this year marks the sixteenth edition of Peers. Functioning as a unique residency model that closely curates artists at the start of their professional careers. The Peers residency is populated with artists’ visits and interactions, studio visits and curated exhibition walkthroughs for the residents to have a gamut of art-related experiences and exposure. The aim of the Peers programme is to provide infrastructure, inspiration and mentorship to emerging artists and art practices.


The Peers residency ends with an Open Day, where resident artists show their works in progress and interact with audiences. Following the Open day, Khoj organises PEERS Share, a two-day intensive seminar for young artists who had qualified for the final round of the peers selection process. Peers Share is a great learning opportunity for young artists to showcase their own practice and get valuable feedback and criticism from their peers, colleagues, senior art practitioners, art critics and the Khoj curatorial team.

The artists-in-residence for PEERS 2019 are:

Anju Acharya

Umesh Singh

Intiyaz Ansari

Sabyasachi Bhattacharjee

Gurjeet Singh

The critic-in-residence for PEERS 2019 is:

Niyati Dave

Khoj puts out an open call for applications for the Peers residency every summer, to which we receive many applications from art students across the country. This year Khoj received over 180  applications for the opportunity.

Keeping in mind the diversity of art training in India and to ensure a plurality of ideas and opinions in the residency, Khoj invites a jury for the selection of five artists-in-residence and one critic-in-residence.

This year, Khoj invited artists, educators and patrons Manisha Parekh, Rohini Devasher, Ravi Agarwal and Tarana Sawhney.

Peers 2019 has been supported by the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation.

Each year, the Peers residency program receives many applications and we are only able to accommodate a few selected applicants for the residency. In a bid to extend the conversation, Khoj has instituted Peers Share – an informal dialogue with twelve applicants who also made it to the short list of the residency and have been selected for a session of critique with senior artists, critics and curators.

Peers Share 2019 has been supported by Tarana Sawhney.

Tarana Sawhney is a patron of the arts, members of the South Asia Acquisitions Committee of the Tate Modern London, and an advisor to the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art.


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