- Minimum 3 years of work experience in the cultural sector
- Submission of an on‐going project
- Open to residents of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka only
|15 November 2016
|20 December 2016
||Notification to shortlisted candidates
To apply, please complete the application form on our website OR email the completed pdf form along with your supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that incomplete applications, or applications sent via post will not be accepted.
If you are selected for the fellowship, you will be notified via email. You will then be required to submit:
a. a countersigned contract that will be sent to you upon notification of selection
b. a scanned copy of your passport
c. a No Objection Certificate from your current employers (if applicable)
Archana Thapa Uprety
Archana Thapa Uprety is an independent scholar, writer and founder chairperson of Akshar Creations, a publishing house in Nepal. Her academic papers and articles have appeared in the national and international journals and magazines. She has edited and published two collections of Nepali women's personal narrations: Telling A Tale and Swaastitvako Khoj, and also has acted on stage in the stage adaptation of Telling A Tale.
At present, she is writing a collection of short stories and also working on the stage adaptation of Swaastitvako Khoj. She also worked as the senior member of the team that drafted the Five Year Strategic Plan (2014-19) of National Women Commission, Nepal. Her PhD dissertation is titled "Tracing Contemporary Gender Representations in Mainstream Nepali cultural Texts."
Archana attended 15 days of the ATSA intensive fellowship programme in India in 2014 along with other 17 fellows from South Asia. “ATSA is a life time opportunity as it connects arts people of different professionals and helps in building a great rapport through information sharing.”
When asked what qualities are required to become an efficient arts manager in publishing sector, she highlights ‘vision, planning and execution are a must’. “Nepal’s arts and culture sector is very promising but due to lack of exposure, we are left in isolation and particularly in Nepal context ‘An artist cannot be an arts manager.’ Therefore, to reach out and promote this sector, it is important to identify the role an arts management plays.”
Personally for Archana, the workshop exceeded her expectations and moreover, she felt reassured that she was heading in the right direction in her profession as a publisher. The most significant learning outcome and an eye opener for her was ‘learning about cultural policy’ which she had never heard about prior to attending the workshop. Today, she is incorporating cultural policy in her work and through storytelling highlighting the gender issues in a more subtle way rather than being provocative. “I am not an activist but if the issues make our readers think than that itself is an achievement for us.”
Archana will be attending her second fellowship programme the following year, April in the UK. “I am very excited to travel to the UK to meet other female publishers. I’ve never had the opportunity before so it will definitely enlighten me how they work in their profession and I will try to implement their best practices in my work too.”
Ashmina Ranjit is an interdisciplinary visual artist/artivist recognised internationally and written-about female artists in Nepal. Her works revolve around the crucial on going social and political issues of marginalized communities. She has “redefined contemporary art practices and society’s perceptions” through her paintings, performance art and video installations. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the world, including in Australia, China, Europe, Japan, Mexico, Qatar and the United States.
She is also the founder-director of LASANAA, an alternative art space that encourages experimentation, critical thinking and cross-disciplinary interaction in the arts. Ashmina has won several awards Scholarships and fellowships such as a Fulbright (USA), Aus-aid (Australia), Honourable Mentioned- Dhaka Biennele.
Ashmina shares her experience of participating in the ATSA Fellowship program. “It was a great opportunity to build network and exchange ideas with people from all walks of life. Since I was already an artivist (activism through art), I was moreover reflecting my own work.”
Ashmina opted for her second Fulbright Scholarship in the USA after completing her 15 days intensive ATSA workshop in India.
“Nepal market is very small but vibrant. We are gaining popularity and as artists we are also socially responsible to raise awareness. Many youths today are involved in this sector and have learnt the important role an artist can play to bring changes. Even with general public, media they have been very supportive. But on the negative side, we still lack good critiques.”
“Training within this sector is important and a viable need. I would highly encourage Nepali artists to undertake ATSA course. If an artist and an art manager can work parallel, our arts and cultural sector will revitalise. At present, due to lack of knowledge about this course, an artist is solely responsible and is wearing many hats to promote and exhibit their work.”