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OPEN CALL – Jyotsna Bhatt Ceramics Award, 2022

The Ark Foundation is pleased to announce the second iteration of the Jyotsna Bhatt Ceramics Award, 2022.

The award has been set up to platform, encourage and create dialogue around compelling Indian art practices focused in the medium of ceramics. The award is established in the loving memory of Jyotsna Bhatt, to celebrate her legacy and spirit as one of India’s foremost ceramic artists and a pillar of the arts community in Baroda. Jyotsnaben, as we fondly remember her, was a great friend and mentor to us at Ark and countless young art students over the years.  

Jyotsna Bhatt studied sculpture under Prof. Sankho Chaudhuri at the M.S. University of Baroda and later ceramics at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, USA. She headed the Department of Ceramics at the M.S. University until her retirement in 2002. In a vibrant career spanning over fifty years, her work traveled to exhibitions all over the world; Jyotsna Bhatt was always a dynamic part of art studios and workshops, leaving an impact with her energy and quiet elegance.

The open call is announced every year on March 6, to commemorate Jyotsna Bhatt’s birthday.

The recipient of the Jyotsna Bhatt Ceramics Award, 2021 was Shampa Shah who during the grant period has worked towards documenting indigenous ceramic art and crafts practices, collating mythical origin stories of potter communities from various parts of the country, and translating these stories into a body of ceramic artworks.


  1. The open call and application guidelines will be available on March 06, 2022.
  2. Applications must be submitted by April 20, 2022. 
  3. Applications will be reviewed by a jury of three members.
  4. Three shortlisted applicants will be interviewed online by the Ark Foundation Team to understand their proposals.
  5. The duration of the award is June 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023.
  6. The awardee will be expected to make a presentation of the outcome of their in March 2023 at Ark, Baroda.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants must be bonafide Indian citizens with an existing practice in the area of ceramics.
  2. Applicants must show dedication to the field of ceramics by way of years in practice, nature of ideas, or compelling volition to explore the medium
  3. Applicants must not be a current recipient of any other grant, award, or scholarship that provides monetary assistance while applying for the Jyotsna Bhatt Ceramics Award.

Application Process

  1. Applicants will be  chosen on the basis of merit, the quality and quantity of past work and dedication to ceramics in their practice, and caliber of proposed project in terms of contribution, imagination, expertise, and/or strength of nature deemed by the jury. 
  2. Applicants must submit the complete application with the following details in a single PDF file (not more than 25 MB and the applicant’s full name as the file name) to programmes@theark.in on or before 11:59 PM IST on April 20, 2022. The subject line of the email should be in the following format: Applicant’s Name_Application_Jyotsna Bhatt Ceramics Award.
  • The applicant’s name, email address, and contact number should be on the cover page of the application PDF.
  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae, and other notable achievements in the field of ceramic art
  • A motivation letter (400 words) explaining your interest.
  • A portfolio of 5-10 projects / artworks executed within the last 5 years, supported with images and brief texts (250 words). 
  • A project proposal which should: 
  1. Include the methodology to be used to complete the project
  2. Sources or materials that the project will rely on.
  3. Include the outcomes and the relation to the artistic practice. The proposed project should be feasible for completion within the given duration of the award.
  4. A tentative timeline for the project’s realization.
  5. The proposal should also include the way the project will be presented in the public domain at the end of the award period. The applicants are encouraged to reflect upon the nature of public spaces and importance of the virtual or digital in furthering the scope and reach of the project. 
  6. Include a budget of estimated costs for your proposed project and explain the way in which the award money will be used.

Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. 

Grant Deliverables

  1. The recipient of the award will receive a total sum of INR 3 Lakhs, to be utilised towards the project outlined in their application. 
  2. The recipient is required to propose the outcome they anticipate to produce through this award including but not limited to: an exhibition of the work produced during the grant period, public presentation, richly annotated digitised archive that may be published online on the Ark Foundation website, a visual essay, publications in any form.
  3. The recipient will  be required to share quarterly reports (1500-2000 words). Following the submission of the mid-term report, Ark will organise a closed-door interim presentation by the recipient with the jury of the award.
  4.  The recipient will be required to submit one final report upon completion of the award period (3500-5000 words). 
  5. All the reports should include documented images and outline the process, key findings, and declare the expenses that have been utilised.

For any additional details or queries, write to programmes@theark.in or call us at +91 6359 601 405.