Seagull Publishing School Residency - Kolkata

Event dates: 2 January – 31 March 2018

Amount: $10,000

Expressions of Interest close: 17 October 2017

Notification: Mid-November 2017

About the opportunity

The Seagull School of Publishing, India’s premier publishing academy, offers intensive three-month courses in book editing and design. Aimed at publishing professionals, these courses offer a comprehensive view of the publishing process and industry, with a focus on translation, foreign selling rights, digital publishing and current innovations.

Affiliated with Seagull Books, a boutique publisher established in 1982, The Seagull School promotes collaborative and experimental activity across and within disciplines, functioning as a production unit, providing support systems, networking, exhibiting, sponsoring, designing, printing and publishing, and making available documentation and critical commentary across the arts.

The Seagull School of Publishing is an initiative of the Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata and is supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi.

Expressions of interest are now open for an Australian publishing professional to attend the Seagull School of Publishing in Kolkata India from 2 January – 31 March 2018.

The successful participant will receive a grant of $10,000 to cover course fees, accommodation and expenses.*

* Please note that it is the responsibility of the successful participant to register and pay for the course online and to organise their own accommodation in Kolkata.


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

Selection Criteria

You are required to respond to the following selection criteria: 

1.     Potential of the artist/artists

Industry advisers will consider the potential of the artist/artists at the centre of your proposal.  

They may consider:

  • Quality of work previously produced
  • Artistic merit
  • Ability, skills and creative thinking that suggests strong artistic potential
  • Public or peer response to work previously produced.

2.     Viability

Industry advisers will consider the viability of your proposal. They may consider:

  • The skills and artistic ability of the people involved and their relevance to the proposed activity
  • Realistic and achievable planning, resource use and evaluation
  • Fees payable to artists involved 
  • The timetable and budget
  • The role of any partners involved, including confirmation of their involvement
  • Diversity and scale of income and co-funding – including earned income, grants, sponsorship and in-kind contributions
  • Proposals which involve working with diverse audiences or communities, peers will look for demonstrated cultural competencies and appropriateness.

3.     Impact on career

Industry advisers will consider the impact the proposed activity will have on your career. They may consider:

  • How the proposed activity strengthens your artistic practice
  • The relevance and timeliness of the proposed activity
  • How the proposed  activity enables you to discover and develop new markets, or meet existing market demand
  • How the proposed activity strengthens your capacity as an arts professional.

Supporting material

Additional material can be submitted to help support your expression of interest, including artist biographies, letters of support, additional written material, images, and video footage of previous work. Support material may help industry advisers gain an understanding of the quality of your work, and where relevant, the skills and role of other artists or partners involved.

You are not required to submit a budget with your expression of interest. 

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 mid-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 Amber McCulloch, Project Officer, Residencies on 02 9215 9336 or

Submit an EOI

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