Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh

Expressions of interest have now closed 

Event dates: 2-10 February 2018

Amount: $3,000

Expressions of Interest close: 25 October 2017

Notification:  Early November 2017

About the opportunity

Now in its fourth edition, the Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) is a hub for art and architecture in South Asia, held at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

Featuring the work of artists from across South Asia and the world, and a program of panel discussions and symposia, DAS aims to ground future developments of art in South Asia within the region’s rich, yet lesser-known, past.

In 2018, the DAS program will include its Critical Writing Ensembles: an experimental platform for the exchange of ideas and debate around critical writing today. The new Artist-Led Initiatives forum will feature curated exhibitions from 11 artist-led initiatives in Bangladesh, as well as visiting initiatives from Nepal, Northeast India and other South Asian neighbours.

Expressions of interest are open to Australian curators, including those with critical writing practice, to attend the Dhaka Art Summit from 2-10 February 2018.

The Australia Council will lead a delegation of five curators, to DAS and will provide each curator with a grant of $3,000 to assist with travel expenses and accommodation.

Please note it is the responsibility of successful applicants to book their own travel and accommodation and to cover any additional costs.

For more information on the Dhaka Art Summit visit: https://www.dhakaartsummit.org


Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website.

The Australia Council encourages EOIs from First Nations and culturally diverse curators.

Selection Criteria

Applicants are required to respond to the following selection criteria:

  1. The impact of the project in developing future opportunities in South Asia and enhancing your reputation in South Asia.
  2. Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, the region and market.
  3. The timeliness of this opportunity and a demonstrated ability to plan and deliver on any international outcomes that may arise.

Supporting material

No supporting material or submitted budget is required. Please note that applicants will be unable to attach supporting material to your online application.

Selection process

Australia Council staff will consider expressions of interest according to the selection criteria above and will seek recommendations by industry advisors as needed.

You will be informed of the outcome of your Expression of Interest by early November 2017.

How to submit an Expression of Interest

Click on the ‘Submit an EOI’ button at the bottom of this page. Expressions of Interest must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online system. To apply in the online system, please click on ‘Grants & Grant Reporting’ and choose ‘Expressions of Interest (EOI)’.

Note, this is an Expression of Interest and not a grant application. It does not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program.

Changes to grants payments

The way Australia Council grants payments are made has changed. Effective immediately, grant recipients will no longer send an invoice for payment of a grant. Instead, after you accept our offer of funding, we will pay your grant into your nominated bank account and send you a Recipient Created Tax Invoice (RCTI).

Important information for administered grants

If you plan to have your grant administered by a third party, applicants will now need to ensure that the administrator is registered on the Australia Council online system before you begin your application. This means you cannot complete or submit an application if your administrator is not registered.


To discuss your expression of interest, please contact Amrit Gill, Senior Manager International Projects on +61 2 9215 9107 or a.gill@australiacouncil.gov.au.

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