More than $690k in grant to support Australia and India creative collaborations

The six grant recipients for 2022-23 represent a diverse range of cultural sectors from new media to textile design.

The Centre for Australia-India Relations (CAIR) has announced the recipients of the 2022-23 Maitri Cultural Partnerships grants.

These grants support Australian creative collaboration with India and have been divided into three programs:

  • Maitri Cultural Partnerships Major Collaboration Grant: Supporting major Australian cultural organisations to engage Indian partners (funding up to $250,000)
  • Maitri Cultural Partnerships Visual and Performing Arts Grants: Cultural collaboration that supports First Nations’ participation (funding up to $250,000)
  • Maitri Cultural Partnerships Collaboration Grants: Supporting collaboration of small to medium-sized Australian cultural organisations and community groups (funding up to $70,000)

The six grant recipients for 2022-23 represent a diverse range of cultural sectors from new media to textile design.

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Image: Mona Foma Festival (Source: Website)
  • Mona Foma Festival (Moorilla Estate) – $248,960

Tasmania’s world-famous festival of music and art Mona Foma will lead a two-year Australia-India music collaboration with artistic exchanges, music residencies resulting in a major concert in 2025.

  • Bábbarra (Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation) – $250,000

Bábbarra Women’s Centre in Maningrida, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory will collaborate with Tharangini Studio in Bengaluru working with emerging women artists in textile development.

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Image: Ben Knapton
  • Dr Ben Knapton – $67,702

Leading Australian circus and physical theatre director Benjamin Knapton will work with leading performers of traditional Indian physical theatre in a production to premiere at the Royal Opera House in Mumbai.

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Image: Raghav Handa 9Source: Sydney dance Company)
  • Raghav Handa – $58,948

Raghav Handa’s project features an international development collaboration between Australian dance artists and the Attakkalari Dance Centre for Movement Arts at the 2024 India Biennale in Bengaluru. 

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Image: Félicia Atkinson: Stick and Stone (Source: Liquid Architecture)
  • Liquid Architecture – $67,347

Melbourne-based Liquid Architecture will co-host, with New Delhi-based Sarai-CSDS, a symposium, workshop, and exhibition exploring creative practices engaged with new technologies in sound and media.

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Image: Undercurrent Theatre Company 9Source: Facebook)
  • Undercurrent Theatre Company – $53,273

West Australian theatre makers Undercurrent Theatre Company’s co-production with Kerala-based VOiD Ensemble.

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