Applications were open for a cost-free month long artist & writer's residency, 3rd January - 3rd February 2020 in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, AHRC, UK and the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Five people have been selected. Artists and writers from all genres and mediums are invited to apply for solo projects. We encourage projects that explore and collaborate with the local community, Punjab's heritage, history and memory. Local craft-based projects are also encouraged.

Apply for a month of a cost-free residency with fellow artists and writers for January 2020. Deadline for applications 25th November 2019. Email applications to


Creative Interruptions (AHRC) and the University of Strathclyde writer and artist residency at Preet Nagar Residency, Punjab, India 2020


We invite proposals from artists and writers for inclusion in the 

Creative Interruptions (AHRC) and the University of Strathclyde artist residency and Exhibition 2020 (details below), which will involve a month-long cost-free artist residency and a grant to support projects at Preet Nagar, an international art community founded in the 1930s and currently run by the Preet Lari Trust. The residency will take place in January and an exhibition of resulting work will take place at Preet Nagar in February. 

Background to the project

Preet Nagar was founded by the visionary Gurbaksh Singh as a community township of writers and artists. A novelist, author and philosopher, he started the iconic Punjabi Magazine - Preet Lari magazine in 1933. The township and the magazine became a force of change, inspired by the idea of ‘Preet’ (Love). The magazine and Preet Nagar have since been platforms and home to some of the greatest Punjabi writers and artists. 

Preet Nagar Residency was founded in 2013, in remembrance of and in an effort  to re-embrace and reinvent the ideologies of Preet Nagar and it’s history. Today, over 200 artists have attended artist residencies at Preet Nagar Residency. Based 25km outside Amritsar, the residency home ‘Preet Ghar’ is a farmhouse nestled among fields in rural Punjab. The artists are encouraged to engage with the local community through creativity and the arts with meaningful collaborations, as well as to explore Punjab’s history, memory, tangible and intangible heritage.

The one month cost-free residency is funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council research grant (UK) called  Creative Interruptions ( which seeks to use the arts and humanities as a tool for exploring and enabling grassroots creativity. 

 Project Lead Dr. Churnjeet Mahn ( University of Strathclyde, Scotland and Creative Interruptions have collaborated with Preet Lari Trust (Punjab, India) to produce a series of opportunities to explore how research and practice can be enhanced through collaboration, and how the creative arts can enhance heritage management, and our theoretical understanding of it as a practice.

 To read more about past Preet Nagar residencies, see below.

 Dates of residency: 3rd January - 3rd February 2020

The residency will include: 4 weeks of accommodation with meals at Preet Nagar, and a support budget of upto 15,000 INR for materials and resources, refundable against bills relevant to the project. You will be offered advice on logistics locally, as well as contacts to local craftspeople/organizations. Each participant is responsible for securing funds for travel to the residency; this is not provided by the program.

Application information:

To apply, please send (as a single PDF file and links): a 1-page summary of why you would like to come, a one-page preliminary description of the work you will pursue with up to three associated images, a CV, and 10 examples of your work

Applications due: November 25th, 2019 by midnight IST 

Please send applications and enquiries

Facilities at the farmstay: Shared rooms and bathrooms with fellow artists & writers.

One basic heater is available per room with hot water. Home made meals with morning and evening tea.

Wifi not reliable, but your phone’s 4G should work well enough for research.

Creative Interruptions 2017-18