Open Call for Three Animations with £3,000 Fee for Asian Artists

Bagri Foundation is pleased to announce Chang/ce, An Open Call for Animations. 

The Foundation is seeking three new commissions by worldwide-based artists from Asia and the diaspora to premiere online in Summer 2021. They might be narrated, typographic, filmed, collaged, hand-drawn, stop motion, Claymation, augmented photography or digitally created – the options are endless.

Alka Bagri, Trustee says “After our first Open Call in April 2020, which was a great success, we are keen to continue to support artists directly to make new work. With the tumultuous year we’ve just had, we are excited to see how artists embrace the idea of ‘change’ in 2021 through the beautiful art form of animation.”

The Foundation welcomes proposals from artists, illustrators, designers, and animators in which the opportunity to receive resources from a major arts organisation would be impactful. The Foundation encourages anyone who considers themselves an emerging artist from Asia or the Asian diaspora to apply.

Chelsea Pettitt, Head of Arts says “We enter 2021 with a renewed sense of opportunity and look forward to creating three new commissions inspired by ideas of manifestation, renewal and chance. Change could be interpreted as positive or negative, and to encourage voices from a non-Western perspective, we would especially like to hear from artists who are currently living and working in an Asian country.”

Chang/ce  is inspired by the I-Ching, the Book of Changes, and as 2021 arrives, the world forges ahead, perhaps towards surprise, disappointment or even inspiration. At this important start to the year, the Foundation invites submissions from illustrators and animators to create a new narrative focussing on the idea of ‘change’.

The submissions are due on Monday 15 February 2021 at 10am UK time and will be reviewed by the Bagri Foundation team and an international panel of guest selectors:  Olivia Ahmad (House of Illustration, London), Intan Paramaditha (Novelist, Sydney), Sahej  Rahal (Artist, Mumbai) and  Reaksmey Yean (Phnom Penh International Institute of the Art, Cambodia).

See the full proposal details and FAQ sheet here.


For more information about the Open Call:


About the Guest Selectors

Olivia Ahmad is a London-based curator and editor specialising in graphic arts and design. Her recent projects have included exhibitions on socialist design from Soviet Russia, Cuba and the DPRK, London’s first exhibition of work by queer icon Tom of Finland and developing the UK’s only dedicated residency for illustrators. Olivia is Artistic Director at House of Illustration, the UK’s centre for illustration, and editor of Varoom, the contemporary illustration magazine published by the AOI.

Intan Paramadithais an Indonesian writer based in Sydney. She holds a Ph.D. from New York University and teaches media and film studies at Macquarie University. She is the author of the short story collection Apple and Knife (2018)and the novel The Wandering (2020), which was selected as Tempo Best Literary Fiction of 2017 and a winner of PEN Translates Award from English PEN. Both books were translated from the Indonesian language by Stephen J. Epstein and published by Harvill Secker. 



Sahej Rahal is primarily a storyteller. His sculptures, performances, films, paintings, installations, and AI programs, narrate an absurd counter-mythology that interrogates the narratives that shape our present. This myth-world draws upon archaeological records, conspiracies, science-fiction, and folklore, orchestrating scenarios where indeterminate beings cohabit the porous boundaries of history, myth and memory.Rahal’s participation in institutional solo and group exhibitions internationally have included ACCA Melbourne 2019, Vancouver Biennale 2019, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, 2018, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham UK, 2018; Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, 2017; PRIMARY Nottingham, UK 2017; the Liverpool Biennial, 2016; Setouchi Triennial, 2016; Jewish Museum, New York, 2015; Kochi Muziris Biennale, 2014; MACRO Museum, Rome, 2014. His work has been exhibited at Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, France, 2014 and Art Stage Singapore, 2014.  His most recent solo exhibition took place in 2019 at Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai.

Reaksmey Yean is a native of Battambang and is aart advocate, an early-career art curator, writer, and researcher. Currently, he is a programme director of Silapak Trotchaek Pneik, a contemporary art space by YK Art House. He is also a part-time lecturer at Phnom Penh International Institute of the Art (PPIIA).  Yean is an Alphawood scholar (SOAS, the University of London for Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art – in Indian, Chinese, and Southeast Asian Art). He was an exchange scholar at the Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs, Chiang Mai University. He is an inaugural SEAsia Award Scholar (2017) of LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, an Asian Cultural Council fellow (2018), and a beneficiary of Dr. Karen Mcleod Adair grant for MA in Asian Art Histories at LASALLE College of the Arts. Yean was a curator for creative programs at Java Creative Café, Phnom Penh. Prior, he served several senior posts, including an Assistant to School of Performing Arts, at Phare Ponleu Selpak, a multi-disciplinary arts center, where he received his early education. He is also a founding father of a defunct collective named Trotchaek Pneik, a cultural and artistic collective based in Battambang. 

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