Photo Kathmandu is calling for Nepali artists or art collectives to create a site specific artwork for Photo Kathmandu 2018. Artists/collectives working across mediums, forms of expression and areas of research are welcome to submit proposal/s that include photographs as one of the elements in the artwork.

About Photo Kathmandu:
Photo Kathmandu is an international photography festival that attempts to create conversations between the city, its people, its history, its dreams and aspirations. The festival organizes exhibitions, projections, artist talks, workshops, a mixed-media residency and an arts education program that bring together a diverse range of visual practitioners to respond to various local and global themes.

Commission Theme:
For the third edition of Photo Kathmandu, we are focusing on creating conversation around issues of gender, patriarchy, power, identity, sexuality and equality. We hope these stories and conversations will contribute to touching hearts and minds to foster empathy, bring about recognition, and eventually change attitudes, social practices and laws here in Nepal.

The commissioned project will be exhibited at the third edition of Photo Kathmandu from 12 Oct – 16 Nov 2018.

Site Description:

Photo Kathmandu proposes the following two sites for the commissioned project;

  • Kaalo.101; a gallery space located in Nagbahal, Patan
  • Pimbahal; a neighborhood in Patan

We are open to applicants proposing another site around Patan that fits with the idea for the proposed project as well.

Project Timeline:

Deadline for submission of proposals: 15th June 2018
Selection Announcement: 22nd June 2018
Production: July/August/September
Exhibition: 12 Oct – 16 Nov


  • Artist/collective will receive a grant of NRs. 1,50,000 for this project. The grant includes all artistic fees and production costs of the artwork.
  • Artist/collective who wish to work with archives will be given access to the complete archive at Nepal Picture Library (70,000+ images) and its wider professional networks.
  • Artist/collective will receive support to fully digitize collected material and use equipment including scanners and audio recorders at Nepal Picture Library.
  • Artist/collective will work under the close guidance and mentorship of Mr. Sujan Chitrakar, visual artist/Assistant Professor at Kathmandu University School of Art, Center for Art and Design and a member of the curatorial team of Photo Kathmandu 2018.


  • Artist/Collectives must be either Nepali citizens or of Nepali origin to apply.
  • Artist/collective working with photography, sound, video, sculpture, installation art, performance art, writing, poetry, and other artistic mediums are encouraged to apply. Oral historians, architects, urban planners and other researchers are also encouraged to consider participating.
  • Artist/Collective should have at least 5 years experience with their artistic practice.

How to Apply:

Artists/Collectives interested in this project must prepare and submit the following:

  • Proposed Artwork Concept: A one page document in either English or Nepali that outlines your concept. Please mention as much details as possible including your preferred site, materials, logistic requirements, etc. Also include your sketches, design prototypes and drawings to illustrate your artistic concept.
  • Portfolio: A maximum of 10 artworks (singles or series) that showcase your interests and abilities as an artist or as a collective. Along with your artist statement, each artwork should be accompanied by a description. All works should be compiled into one single .pdf file. Audio/video files should be submitted separately as youtube/vimeo/dropbox/wetransfer links.
  • Current Resume: Submit your updated resume highlighting your major achievements and participations. If applying as a collective, individual resumes for each member should be submitted.

Please submit proposals to: [email protected]

Application deadline 15th June 2018.

*if you have any questions or need further details, please email us at [email protected] or call us at 01-5543501.