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.
How to apply
1. Fill in the application form via this link > Gender Bender 2022 Application Form
2. Send relevant samples of your previous work, and supporting material comprising of:
a) A maximum of five photographs of previous work
b) Video link of previous work (optional)
Please upload all relevant materials to your Google Drive, and send an editable link to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please title the shared folder as “Your Name - Application”.
*If English is not your preferred language, please send an application in your language or write to us to explore other options
Deadline: August 15, 2022
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 6 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