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Designed as an annual art writer’s award, an eminent, rotating jury consisting of art critics and curators is assigned the task of choosing an applicant who has demonstrated sustained commitment to research, conceptual frameworks and art history in their writing practice, as the recipient of the award. Applications are received via open call as opposed to nominations to ensure equal opportunity.


The chosen writer is awarded an international curatorial residency in partnership with our various collaborators around the world in order to help them demonstrate their critical acumen in curatorial research. This is part of PRAF’s emphasis on encouraging research, criticality and innovation within curatorial narratives especially among young/emerging curators.


This year, the recipient will be awarded a one month residency at Chateau La Napoule, the residency space of the La Napoule Art Foundation. Their research and writing during this time will ultimately lead to an exhibition curated by them in New Delhi. Residency costs including flights to France, accommodation, visa expenses and per diem will be covered on behalf of the resident.


We have partnered with French Institute in India to organize the Art Scribes Award.