Driven by a spirit of curiosity
we deliver cross-disciplinary projects
that weave the traditional with the contemporary
and celebrate arts and ideas from across Asia


The Bottom Drawer

Bagri Foundation is pleased to launch the series The Bottom Drawer.  Starting from Wednesday 15 July, it will feature a series of online interviews with an array of writers from across Asia and the diaspora. We explore their early efforts, and what inspires them to write. Find out more here.

Follow @bagrifoundation on Instagram to join our first conversation with editor and journalist Zahra Hankir on 15 July at 3pm UK time.

At Home in the World

Loving Lonely, a Conversation
Shagufta Iqbal

The Bagri Foundation is delighted to launch a work in progress called Home by Shagufta Iqbal as she works towards her final commission, Loving Lonely, a Conversation.

Made in response to our At Home in the World open call, each Tuesday in July, Iqbal shares some words inspired by her and her children’s notes.

Find out more here.

Noel Ed De Leon in his attic. (c) noeleddeleon archives Photo: Godwin De Leon, London 2020

At Home in the World

Microcosmic Orbit
Noel Ed De Leon
17 July 1pm BST

The Bagri Foundation is delighted to announce news of Noel Ed De Leon’s Microcosmic Orbit, one of the five commissions for its At Home in the World open call.

Curated by Eva Bentcheva and working in collaboration with Berlin-based artist Pepe Dayaw, cultural anthropologist and activist Tran Thu Trang, and London-based artist Erika Tan, De Leon has drawn together a selection of objects to which they each respond within three categories. 

Find out more about the events on 17 July, 14 August and 18 September. And read an interview with the artist here.

Amaterasu, one of the central kami in the Shinto faith

Return of the Yokai

A new partnership with podcast 99% invisible

The Bagri Foundation is proud to support three episodes for the renowned podcast 99% Invisible, which highlight arts and culture from across Asia.

Released between June 2020 and May 2021, the first episode is called ‘Return of the Yokai’. Have a listen here.

Crucially, we are pleased that it is accessible internationally and digitally during this period of limited movement. We hope you enjoy listening to the podcast as much as we do.

Find our full Press Release here. 


Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke

30 Artists, 30 Years

See our latest post with David Murphy as part of our programme 30 Artists, 30 Years. Consisting of thirty interviews with visual artists, musicians, performers, academics, journalists, writers and storytellers whose work we have supported, we honour our 30th anniversary. 

Follow us on social media @bagrifoundation or on the hashtag #Bagri30years to see the interviews as they are released over the coming weeks. Read the full stories here.

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