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Kochi Biennale Foundation has announced 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. Since its inception in 2014, over 1000 students have participated in the exhibition and programmes of the Students’ Biennale across the three editions so far. 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 (both real and virtual) to engage with the circumstances that students and educators are facing presently.

The fourth edition of the Students’ Biennale will be curated by a team of five artists and art educators – Adip Dutta (Calcutta), Archana Hande (Bangalore), Manoj Vyloor (Kochi/Thiruvanathapuram), Suresh K Nair (Banaras) and Vasudha Thozhur (Delhi). 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 currently enrolled in BFA and MFA (or equivalent) courses in institutions India are eligible to apply.


Please visit the Students’ Biennale website here for more information. Any questions related to the Students’ Biennale may be sent to The deadline for applications is 5 pm IST on November 15, 2020.

For more information and applying, check KMB Website