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What is Gender Bender?

Gender Bender is a one-of-its-kind-annual  festival held in Bangalore, India, that showcases new works of art that re-examine and re-imagine the spectrum that is gender. What started as a platform to display the works of the grantees, has over the last eight years, grown into a much needed and recognised space for important conversations that aim to contribute to our constantly  evolving understanding of gender and its implications, including the need for intersectionality, with artists and audiences alike. The festival showcases works created by the grantees, and also includes curated performances, panel discussions,  exhibitions and workshops.


Who can apply

We invite applications from individuals and collectives working in the field of arts to create new and original work around the idea of gender. You are encouraged to approach this theme in a critical way, in relation to your own perspective. The artistic contributions can take any form of expression across different media - from dance to drawing, from photography to pottery, mixed media to mime, and everything in-between, so long as it is new work that can be presented, performed, screened, or exhibited to an audience. 

 *Applications from marginalised  and underserved communities are encouraged.

*Former Gender Bender grantees are not eligible to apply.

Jury: An independent panel, comprising eminent individuals from various fields  will shortlist the projects to be supported.

Selected applicants will be informed by October 1, 2022.


Gender Bender 2022 grant includes a  maximum grant amount of INR 75,000 towards the creation of the work, awarded at the discretion of the panel with due reference to your proposal and budget.  Selected projects will be presented in Bangalore between December 9 and 11, 2022 at the Bangalore International Centre.


Gender Bender is a joint project of Sandbox Collective and the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore and is conceived, conceptualised, and curated by Sandbox Collective.

Gender Bender 2022

Open Call for Applications

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