TIFA Working Studios

Name of Residency: TIFA Working Studios

TIFA began its residency program in 2015 with the aim of supporting emerging artists and art practice through local engagement and global exchange. The TIFA Residency Program hosts practitioners to create work in a new cultural context by deeply immersing themselves in it. It facilitates experimentation, collaboration, research, making and presentation through critical discussion and feedback. Located in Pune, the Residency unfolds at TIFA??s 1940s former Art Deco heritage hotel in the marked centre of the city. The architecture reveals small surprises: the nook under the stairs, the upper wooden bridge and the empty elevator shaft carrying in light at every level. There are 16 interlinked studios, not 2 of which are the same.
The nature of the residency encourages creative practitioners to contextualize, challenge and further their practice during their time here. TIFA??s multi-disciplinary ethos and strong community network extends support to makers and practitioners to conduct critical contact across disciplines. The residency provides a critical and contemporary space for production, experimentation, collaboration, and presentation.

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation: TIFA Working Studios is a multi-disciplinary platform for Creativity and Culture.

The Centre lays the foundation for enriched public interactions among the varied layers of the social fabric to drive local dialogue and engagement through its many events and festivals.

The Residency facilitates experimentation with an atmosphere of collaboration, research & making through critical discussion and feedback.

The Institute is an alternative educational programme designed to promote creative and entrepreneurial thinking. The mentorship module for students provides an innovative learning experience through a unique pedagogical process.

Organisation founded in: 2014
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Hindi
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
  • Months: 3
  • Months: 4
Number of studios: between 5 and 10
Number of artists in residence at one time: 5
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Library/research resources
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Local school, production factories, workshops
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Production costs
    • Food
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    • Workshop
    • Donation of artwork
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Pune
    Nearest Train Station: Pune Junction
    How to reach by plane: From Pune Airport it is a 25 minute drive to the studios.
    How to reach by train: From Pune Station it is a 5 minute walk to the studios.
    How to reach by car: The most prominent landmarks around are: Sadhu Vaswani Circle, Hotel Shalimar, Vijay Sales showroomWe encourage you to use a taxi or rickshaw as we have limited parking space on campus.
    Street & Number: 12A Connaught Road, Sadhu Vaswani Circle
    Postal Code: 411001
    City: PUNE
    Country long: India
    12A Connaught Road, Sadhu Vaswani Circle
    PUNE 411001 India
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