Samdani Art Foundation
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The Samdani Art Award is Bangladesh's premier art award, and it aims to support, promote and highlight Bangladeshi contemporary art. This bi-annual award will be given to a talented emerging artist from Bangladesh who is between the ages of 22 and 40.

The Samdani Art Award is honored to be partnering with The Delfina Foundation since 2013 by offering the winner a three-month residency with the Delfina Foundation in London. A residency at the Delfina Foundation can be a career-defining moment for an artist to develop their ideas, sharpen their practice, and widen their networks.

The 2016 Samdani Art Award was curated by Daniel Baumann and the winner was Rasel Chowdhury.

In 2014 Ayesha Sultana was the Samdani Art Award winner and in 2012  the winners were Khaled Hasan and Musarrat Reazi.  

Learn more about The Delfina Foundation here.


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The Samdani Art Award has created an internationally recognised platform to showcase the work of young Bangladeshi Artists to an audience of international arts professionals. Through the Samdani Art Award exhibition, which forms part of the programme at the Dhaka Art Summit, many of the previously short-listed artists have become recognised and many selected to participate in various international exhibitions and residencies.

In partnership with the Delfina Foundation, the Samdani Art Foundation launches a call for applications for its bi-annual art award, the Samdani Art Award. Through the open call, 20 semi-finalists will be identified by the Delfina Foundation and the Samdani Art Award 2018 guest curator, Simon Castets, Director of the Swiss Institute, New York. Simon Castets will then further narrow this to 10 finalists following one-to-one sessions with each of the semi-finalists.

In partnership with the Liverpool Biennial and the New North and South, each of the 10 finalists will be assigned an international curator as a mentor and given a production budget to create new work which will be exhibited at the fourth edition of the Dhaka Art Summit at the Shilpakala Academy from the 2 to 9 February 2018. Each of the finalists will be prominently featured in the Dhaka Art Summit catalogue, and will have their exhibited work(s) and portfolio evaluated by international jury board comprised of Sheela Gowda (artist, based in Bangalore, India), Runa Islam (artist, based in London), Subodh Gupta (artist, based in New Delhi, India), and Mona Hatoum (artist, based in London) chaired by Aaron Cezar (Director of Delfina Foundation, UK).


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The winner of the Samdani Art Award will receive an all-expenses paid, six-week residency during summer 2018 at the Delfina Foundation in London.

The Delfina Foundation will develop a loosely structured series of events and activities enabling the selected artist to:

• Research and develop areas of interest
• Further their skills through training and mentoring
• Access information and resources through independent study, field trips and workshops
• Participate in both internal and external/public events

For email submission please ensure that the size of your email does not exceed 5MB and must be sent to with subject as ‘Samdani Art Award 2018’.

Please submit printed copies of your documents to following address:

Samdani Art Foundation
Shanta Western Tower
Level-5, # 501 & 502
186, Gulshan-Tejgaon Link Road
Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh
Tel: +8802 8878784-7
Fax: +8802 8878204