Pepper House Residency programme is an international residency opportunity for artists from all disciplines to work and collaborate within a studio space situated at Pepper House, Fort Kochi. The space of the Pepper House Residency consists of extensive studio facilities (for production), the Laboratory of Visual Arts library (for research), and the Pepper House cafe (for dialogue). The residency is structured on the idea of a three-dimensional approach to creativity in which the idea of artistic practice is supported by its two necessary extensions – public interaction and inquiry. Pepper House Residency and Exhibition are supported by HCL Foundation.

Watch this space for Application Opportunities.


For artists

  • To contribute a space of expression and dialogue for artists
  • To provide an opportunity to upcoming and established artists to find new possibilities in various media
  • To seek and open channels of communication between the artist and public

For the community

  • To create awareness about art and art education
  • To help art enthusiasts explore and interact with contemporary art
  • To serve as a space for the exploration and evolution of the idea and themes of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale



Through performance, video, painting and textile, Insha Manzoor informs “self-conceptualized” identities, notions of self and experience within the visual tradition. Her installations examine the interplay of physical and metaphysical relationships, and the knotted connections between cultures and communities. She is engaged with transforming spaces that are permeable, fluid and imaginary.

She completed her MA in Visual Art from the Royal College of Arts, London, and an MFA in Visual Art (Painting) from Visva-Bharati University Santiniketan, West Bengal. Previously, she did a BFA in Fine Art Painting/Art History from the Institute of Music & Fine Arts, University of Jammu. She is the current recipient of the CWIT Long-term Award for Study Abroad by British Council India Trust. She received the Pride of Paradise, Top 12 Achievers Award by JK Bank India. She was also awarded the Young Artists of India National Scholarship, by the HRD ministry of Culture, India. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

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Pallavi Singh works predominantly in the medium of painting. Her practice is research-based, where society functions as a “social laboratory.” Her method blends observation, conversation, traveling and personal experiences. She is interested in art as a way of thinking and understanding the world, which includes the perspective of the spectator. She is currently exploring grooming culture amongst Indian men, reflecting on changes that commercialization brought in the role of the traditional alpha male.

Singh completed her MFA in Painting from College of Art, Delhi in 2011. She is the recipient of 90th All India Fine Arts and Craft Society Award, the WADe Asia-WADe India Art Award (Women Architects, Artist and Designer Awards 2017), The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation scholarship for an art residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture USA (2015), and a finalist for the 10th Sovereign Art Prize ’13-’14, Hong Kong. She has been part of various group shows and art residencies both nationally and internationally. She currently lives and works in New Delhi.


Nilanjana Nandy is a visual artist, and her practice is essentially drawing based. She is interested in exploring mark- making as a visual and cognitive process. For her art is the means and not the end. Through her drawings, she creates points of deliberation around the personal and the political.

She has an MA (Painting) from Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda. She has been part of Equilibrium, artist in residence program at SandarbhBlack box Project, Khoj Studios. She has received scholarships from Pont-Aven School of Art, France; Junior Fellowship & National Scholarship, Lalit Kala Akademi. Her work was presented in exhibitions like Sarai Reader 09, Bartered Collections and Land Natural Gendered. Her project IN-BETWEEN was selected and exhibited as part of Exhibition Proposal Contest 2017 at Korean Cultural Center, Delhi. She actively collaborates with FICA for their Art for Children Program.