Bengal Arts Programme

Grants & Awards

Bengal Arts Programme offers modest grants and awards in different categories to facilitate research and art practice.

Bengal Foundation Art Award
Initiated in 1998 the award recognises artists for works of merit in the National Art Exhibition organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Subir Choudhury Practice Grant
The grant commemorates artist, long-time associate and trustee of Bengal Foundation, Subir Choudhury (1953-2014). The Practice Grant for emerging artists and curators is a biennial grant set up to encourage innovative artistic and curatorial practices in Bangladesh. 2018 curatorial practice

Bengal Foundation Support Grant
The Support Grant encourages the development of artistic projects by Bangladeshi artists which, due to their complex nature or the time needed for their completion, struggle to find appropriate funding.

Aminul Islam Young Artists Award
The award commemorates the pioneering artist Aminul Islam (1931-2011). Aminul Islam Young Artists Award is given every two years to recognise original and creative artistic endeavours in Bangladesh. The award is supported by the Aminul Islam Trust.

Hamidur Rahman Puroshkar
Hamidur Rahman Puroshkar celebrates the outstanding artistic contribution of a Bangladeshi artist or artists’ collective. It is conferred biennially by an independent jury to artists who, through the work of a life-time, have demonstrated significant accomplishment in artistic practice and/or theory. The award is supported by artist Hamidur Rahman’s (1928-88) family.

Ganesh Haloi Bengal Research Grant
The Ganesh Haloi Bengal (GHB) Research Grant has been set up to develop research and critical writing about the arts in Bangladesh and South Asia. The grant is specifically intended to support original, focused projects which concentrate on a period spanning from the beginning of the 20th  to the present day. In 2017, an independent jury selected Ahmad Ibrahim to be the first recipient of the GHB Award for his project entitled ‘Concealing the Populace in Public Space’ -Mapping Aesthetic Shifts in the Production of Political Posters in Dhaka. In addition the jury, on the basis of the strength of their applications, nominated Fiona Cheng (Taiwan); Kehkasha Sabah (Bangladesh); Musharrat Sharmee Hossain (Bangladesh) and Salma Jamal (Bangladesh); and Sumona Banerjee (India) for Honourable Mention. The grant is supported by artist Ganesh Haloi.


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