Education has been one of the principal mandates of the Kochi Biennale Foundation, and its educational activities have expanded over the years to now form the core of the 365-day working of the Foundation. The education programme has been designed keeping in mind four constituencies: college students, young artists, school-children and the general public.

Students’ Biennale is the largest of the education programmes of the Kochi Biennale Foundation, and works with fine arts students in colleges across India. It has two components: 1) the curated exhibition platform that culminates in the Students’ Biennale in Kochi, parallel to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale; and 2) an expanded programme of workshops that takes place in colleges around the country. The programme is thus invested in using the potential of the Biennale platform to energise the art education eco-system. The Students’ Biennale is also integrated with the other programming of the Foundation, including its talks, workshops and video programmes.

4th Edition of the Students’ Biennale: Call For Applications

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Kochi Biennale Foundation is pleased to announce the fourth edition of the Students’ Biennale.

The largest education initiative of the Kochi Biennale Foundation, the Students’ Biennale seeks to complement and strengthen the fine arts education system in India. Given the unprecedented challenges the world is facing currently owing to the pandemic, the Students’ Biennale is committed to making this platform available to students and institutions more than ever. The programme has been restructured to function as an online exhibition while also developing other meeting grounds like workshops and interactions to engage with the circumstances that students and educators are facing presently.

The fourth edition will be curated by a team of five artists and art educators – Adip Dutta, Archana Hande, Manoj Vyloor, Suresh K Nair and Vasudha Thozhur. This team comes with long years of engagement with art-making as well as working with students and young practitioners.


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this edition of the Students’ Biennale will be held online.

This includes an exhibition forum as well as workshop programmes. Selection will be carried out by the curatorial team keeping in mind adequate representation from students across the country. Projects selected will receive support in the form of production grants.

Student projects developed as part of the Students’ Biennale exhibition will be represented digitally in an online exhibition. However, the exhibition will not be limited to digital art-works, but is open to all practices.

 All components of the exhibition, including communication between students and curators and working towards the display process will be carried out online. The curatorial team will do their best to engage with students across the digital divide working with accessible interfaces. Students will also receive technical and documentation inputs to work with the digital medium.

In addition to the exhibition platform, a parallel programme of workshops will also be organised for participants as well as other students. The workshops will be realised by the Students’ Biennale curators along with guest faculty.


The Students’ Biennale exhibition will open online on February 21, 2021. The last date for applications is November 15, 2020. The list of selected participants will be announced on December 1, 2020.


Students enrolled in BFA and MFA (or equivalent) courses in institutions India are eligible to apply. NOTE: Application has been opened to BFA and MFA students who have graduated in 2020.


To apply, please complete the application form here. For help with the application form, please see here.

Any questions related to the Students’ Biennale may be sent to [email protected]. The deadline for applications is 5 pm IST on November 15, 2020.

The fourth edition of the Students’ Biennale is organised by the Kochi Biennale Foundation in collaboration with Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art and with the support of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and HCL Foundation.

Curatorial Team

Adip Dutta

is an artist based in Kolkata. He studied at the University of Calcutta and Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Kolkata, Dubai, London, Tokyo and New Delhi, among other places. Adip is also a member of the Faculty of Arts at Rabindra Bharati University.

Archana Hande holds degrees in Fine Arts from Visva Bharati, Santiniketan and MS University, Baroda. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held in Bombay, Perth, Rome and New Delhi. She has also shown in numerous biennials and galleries, including in Jakarta, Guangzhou, and Yokohama. Archana is currently based in Bangalore.

Manoj Vyloor is an artist working between Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. He completed his post-graduation in Graphic Arts from MS University, Baroda and is currently the Principal of the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram. He has had solo exhibitions in Kochi, Baroda and Paris, and has also shown in exhibitions around the world, including in London, New Delhi, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Bombay.

Suresh K Nair has studied at the Institute of Mural Painting, Guruvayur, FTII, Pune, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, and Temple University, Philadelphia. His mural work can be seen in several countries besides India, including the UK, Bangladesh, USA, Portugal and the UAE. Suresh teaches at the Faculty of Visual Arts, Banaras Hindu University, Banaras.

Vasudha Thozhur studied at the College of Arts and Crafts, Madras, and at the School of Art and Design at Croydon College, UK. Her work has been shown in exhibitions around the world, including in Berlin, Bombay, Bern, and Chicago. Her institutional work has involved teaching and juries at MSU Baroda, NID Ahmedabad and IICD Jaipur. She presently teaches at the Shiv Nadar University, Dadri.