• India

bangaloREsidency 2024

The bangaloREsidency programme is a long-term collaboration between the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore and various innovative and discerning contemporary art/cultural spaces and partners in Bangalore. The aim of the bangaloREsidency is to offer artists living and working in Germany a space for creative expression, to face the challenges that come with living in a vibrant, modern Indian metropolis like Bangalore and to collaborate with local Indian artists.

bangaloREsident@Walkin Studios, 2022 Willie Schumann © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Banagalore

Conditions of Funding

Artists from all disciplines who live and work in Germany

The bangaloREsidency 2024 will take place from October 6 to November 30.
  • Costs for return travel (Germany-India) and for accommodation during the bangaloREsidency program
  • A daily allowance of 15 € (for the duration of the residency), which adequately covers daily food and living expenses.
  • Approved production costs up to a maximum of 1500 €

Artists are selected through an open call.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • portfolio
  • links to selected projects

Please note the applicable privacy policy.

Application Deadline

Application deadline: April 1

Selection announcement: May 15

bangaloREsidency 2024: October 6 to November 30


Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore Team-bangaloREsidency
residency-bangalore@goethe.de Tel. +91 80 22511300 - 304



The agreement with our partner organisations/local hosts generally applies to one bangaloREsident. The accommodation options are also usually limited to one person and applications sent by artist duos thus have lower chances of making it through the selection process. It is, however, not completely ruled out.

Our partner organisations/local hosts are generally unable to provide support for family members. Please also bear in mind that the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan bears accommodation and travel costs for invited residents only.

The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan will bear economy return airfare from Germany to Bangalore, and accommodation during the bangaloREsidency, in collaboration with the local host organisation. International health insurance has to be borne by the artist. Please make sure that your credit card provider is informed that you are travelling to India, so you don’t have a problem withdrawing money in India.

In addition, the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a daily maintenance stipend of 15 € for the duration of the residency, which will be transferred to the artist's bank account in Germany. This stipend adequately covers daily board and routine expenses. The resident is also offered a production budget of 1500 €.

To apply for an Indian visa from Germany, you have to fill in an application form online, before you hand it in at the appropriate visa office of the embassy. The links above the FAQ section on this page will provide you with all necessary information, as well as the list of visa offices in the different regions (depending on your place of residence). Selected artists have to obtain a business visa, stamped in the passport (not an e-visa).

Except for the prevailing Covid-vaccination regulations, there are no other mandatory vaccinations to enter the country. For more information and recommended vaccinations please consult the Federal Foreign Office (link below) or your general physician.

The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan does not pay any vaccination costs. Please ask your health insurance company about possible reimbursement.

You can buy all medicines and insect repellents in India. However, if you have special medical requirements, it is advisable to bring appropriate medication with you from Germany.

We ensure that every resident has internet access at her/his/their accommodation. Additionally we provide an Indian SIM card with internet data. International calling is blocked.

The SIM card must be returned to the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan at the end of the residency.

Unlike in Germany, the notion of open space in India is shaped by the interest and curiosity of the locals. In our experience, working on the streets succeeds if you wish to come in contact with the citizens of Bangalore. Focused working all by yourself, like drawing, filming or photographing of street scenes is often "interrupted" by interested people who gather around the artist. Although you get an authentic experience of the city, you should bear this in mind. If your project involves greater assembly of people or happening-like events, you might need to obtain permissions, for which you have to apply well in advance.


A detailed portfolio that offers clear information is the best option for us to get a good overview of your work. Please include links if possible.

Yes, repeat applications are permitted and will be included in the normal selection process, but former residents will not be invited a second time.

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