Indo-European Residency

Indo-European Residency Kolkata
© Alliance Française du Bengale

The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata ( and the Alliance Française du Bengale (, in collaboration with the Kolkata based gallery CIMA ( and Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal ( organizes the interdisciplinary Indo - European Residency Project Kolkata. The residency takes place in Kolkata, West Bengal, India and in Santiniketan, West Bengal, India and lasts eight weeks (seven weeks in Kolkata and one week in Santiniketan). The first Indo-European Residency Project Kolkata was organized in 2017 with the support of the Franco-German Elysee Fund. The third Indo European Residency in 2019 will see the British Council, Kolkata ( collaborating in the project as the fifth partner.

For the third Indo-European Residency Project Kolkata, four artists practicing different art forms (one from Germany, France, United Kingdom and India) will work and explore the city together, for seven weeks in Kolkata and one week in Santiniketan. During their stay, the artists will meet for a productive exchange with cosmopolitan and culturally interested people, artists, NGOs and others in West Bengal.

The aim of this residency is the creation of an individual or collective art project during the stay in India. The engagement, with fellow artists from different countries, along with personal artistic experiences will help create a new cultural space for inspiring ideas and producing entrancing results.

Despite the current situation, the members of the EUNIC Cluster of Kolkata managed to organise their first meeting and officially launched the project of the next Indo-European Residency Kolkata with the fifth country joining hands to bring the best of artists. Alliance Française du Bengale, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata, British Council Kolkata and CIMA welcome the Consulate General of Italy. Looking forward to the project after the present situation betters. Till then stay healthy!

Artists 2019

Tom Vater (Germany)

Tom Vater © Tom Vater

Aditi Aggarwal (India)

Aditi Agarwal © Aditi Agarwal

Sophie Cousinié (France)

Sophie Cousinié © Sophie Cousinié

Imogen Butler-Cole (Great Britain)

Imogen Butler © Imogen Butler

Date: Wednesday 23 October 2019, 7 pm
Venue: British Council
            1st Floor, L & T Chambers
            16 Camac Street
             Kolkata 700017

Launch of the Indo-European Residency Project Kolkata
The launch of the programme will include a presentation by all four artists about their past works in order to introduce themselves, their interest areas, their backgrounds and about their specific field of expertise.
It will be the first evening of interaction and exchange between the artists and the people of Kolkata.

The entry to this programme will be on a first come first served basis till seats are full.



@ Experimenter Gallery, 2/1, Hindusthan Road, Dover Terrace, Ballygunge, Kolkata 700029

07.12.2019, 6:30 pm: Opening of the exhibition with drawings and photographs by Aditi Aggarwal (India), Sophie Cousinié  (France), Tom Vater (Germany) that they created during the artist residency

The exhibition will be on from 7th – 14th December, 11:30 AM to 6:30 PM

10.12.2019, 6:30 pm: Reading by Tom Vater (Germany) from the crime short stories he wrote during the artist residency

@ Padatik, 6, 7A, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road, Kolkata  700017

13.12.2019, 7:00 pm and 14.12.2019 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm (two shows at PADATIK) of “Shashito Shorir” a play about trauma, healing and survival, created and directed by Imogen Butler-Cole (Great Britain) during the artist residency.

Previous Residencies
Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata, Alliance Francaise du Bengale, CIMA, Kala Bhavana

Artists Oct - Dec 2018

Christian Bold       Lorella Paleni        Ina Kaur

Christian Bold © GI Kolkata   Lorella Paleni © Lorella Paleni   Ina Kaur © GI Kolkata

Artists Sep - Nov 2017

Ida Roscher            Laurent Reyes    Harendra Kumar Kushwaha

Ida Roscher © Ida Roscher   Laurent Reyes © GI Kolkata Harendra Kumar Kushwaha © GI Kolkata

  • Indo-European Residency 1 © Goethe-Institut Kolkata, Alliance Francaise du Bengale, CIMA
  • 2 © Goethe-Institut Kolkata, Alliance Francaise du Bengale, CIMA
  • 4 © Goethe-Institut Kolkata, Alliance Francaise du Bengale, CIMA
  • 5 © Goethe-Institut Kolkata, Alliance Francaise du Bengale, CIMA
  • 7 © Goethe-Institut Kolkata, Alliance Francaise du Bengale, CIMA
  • 6 © Goethe-Institut Kolkata, Alliance Francaise du Bengale, CIMA
  • 8 © Goethe-Institut Kolkata, Alliance Francaise du Bengale, CIMA