Call for entries

Entries are now open for the 2019 competition

InsideOut Delhi invites LGBTQ artists who are citizens of India and resident in India to submit entries to the InsideOut Art Prize 2019 - Awakening.

The Art Prize, now in its second year, provides LGBTQ artists with the opportunity to be exhibited in India, and cash prizes including one lakh rupees for the winning artwork.

Interested in entering?

  • Complete an online registration form as soon as possible

  • Send us a high resolution photo of the artwork by Sept 30 2019

  • Finalists shortlisted will be announced by Oct 16 2019

  • If shortlisted, deliver your artwork to the warehouse in Delhi by Oct 20 2019

  • Winners will be announced on Nov 23 2019

  • Finalists’ works will be exhibited in Delhi from Nov 23 - Dec 7 2019

Theme for 2019

The theme for 2019 is ‘Awakening’. All entries MUST address the theme.

Awakening can signify independence and self-fulfilment, an increase in confidence and optimism, or a journey of self-reflection. It can be liberating and joyous, while simultaneously confusing and painful. It may mark the most significant moment in someone’s life, changing their perspective on identity, relationships, values and the future.

Waking from sleep, rousing from indifference, or growing to recognise the world around us, awakening may last only a few minutes yet permanently transform our lives.  

Entrants in this year’s competition are expected to explore the concept of awakening from their own experience of being LGBTQ in India.




The artist must comply with all entry conditions and submission requirements set out below. Failure

to comply will result in an entry being rejected from the competition or forfeiture of any prize.


  • The artist must be a citizen of India and also a resident of India for the eligibility period Oct 1, 2018 to Sept 30, 2019.

  • The artist must self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ).

  • If you fit in this category, please contact us at

The work

  • In any year, an artist may enter only one work.

  • Must be a piece of fine art, specifically: painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media or installation.

  • Paintings may be in any medium (e.g. oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media).

  • Must address the theme for 2019: ‘Awakening’.

  • Must NOT exceed the size limit of 20,000 square cm.

  • May be a multi-part work so long as the overall dimensions do not exceed the size limit.

Registration for the Competition

  • Registration closes at 9pm on Sept 30, 2019.

  • All artists intending to submit a work to the InsideOut Art Prize must complete two online forms in English - one for the artist information and second for the artwork detail when it has been completed.

  • Both registration forms must be completed before registration closes on Sept 30, 2019.

Preparing the work for delivery

  • Must be suitably framed for handling. A stretched canvas is considered a suitable frame.

  • Must be clearly marked on the back or bottom with the artist’s name, email, phone number, and the title of the work.

  • Must be accompanied by a photograph of the assembled work and clear instructions for its installation if it is a multi-part work, sculpture, or installation.

  • Must NOT be wet when submitted.

  • For portraits, a completed portrait consent form must be supplied.

Delivering the work

  • Finalists artworks will only be accepted from 10:00 am-6:00 pm, 17 – 20 October. The address for delivery will be provided by email to all registered finalists.

  • If you will have difficulty in delivering the artwork on these dates, please contact us at

  • Delivery must be made in person, by a nominated representative (such as a friend, relative or artist’s agent) or by a courier/freight company.

  • Neither InsideOut nor the gallery will pay for any costs incurred in the delivery of any entry, including freight.

  • Artists are responsible for obtaining their own insurance.

  • Neither InsideOut nor the gallery will be responsible for any loss or damage whatsoever, and however caused, to any work while in their custody.

Exhibiting the work

  • The artist grants InsideOut and the gallery permission to display the work from Nov 23 - Dec 7 2019, in an exhibition of selected finalists for the InsideOut Art Prize 2019 at such venue (the gallery) as the Committee may in their absolute discretion determine.

  • It is the artist’s responsibility to ensure that the original work is available for this purpose, whether or not they are the owner of the work. If the artist is not the owner of the work, the artist must provide the signed permission of the owner to display the work.

  • Selected competitors agree to make themselves available for the purposes of competition and exhibition-related events, promotion, and publicity at times and dates and in places reasonably requested by InsideOut.

Original and non-infringing work

  • The competitor warrants that the work is original and does not infringe the copyright, moral rights, or other rights of any third party.

Licensing the work

  • The finalists grant to InsideOut, at no cost, a non-exclusive licence to reproduce the work in material form, to photograph, publish and/or communicate it to the public for the following prize-related purposes, and anything incidental to such purposes, by InsideOut, the gallery, and sponsors:

  • 1. marketing, publicity, educational and publication uses for InsideOut or the gallery, the prize and its exhibition in all media, including but not limited to electronic/digital, broadcasting and print media, in perpetuity; and

  • 2. in a print exhibition catalogue for the exhibition.

  • Permission to reproduce the work must be conveyed by the artist to any purchaser of the work.

  • Where reasonable, InsideOut and the gallery will attribute the artist as the author of the work and reproduce the work in full. Details of the work may be used at InsideOut and the gallery’s discretion.

Collecting the work

  • Artists are responsible for organising the collection of their work during the times specified in Key Dates above.

  • Neither InsideOut nor the gallery will pay for any costs incurred in the collection of any entry or be liable for any damage to art work not collected on the specified date.

  • If any artist does not retrieve a work, InsideOut or the gallery will give 14 days’ notice of their intention to sell or otherwise dispose of the work, via email to the email address provided or via WhatsApp to the artist’s nominated phone. The work may then be sold and, after deducting from the proceeds the costs of and incidental to the sale, any balance will be held for the competitor. If, however, it is the opinion of InsideOut or the gallery that the work is unsaleable then the work may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of in any manner deemed fit and InsideOut shall be under no liability whatsoever to the artist in respect of the work so destroyed or disposed of.

Selection of works

  • Finalists for the InsideOut Art Prize 2019, and the prize winners, will be selected by a distinguished panel of judges with experience in the art world and LGBTQ community cultural events. The People’s Choice Award will be voted for by members of the public visiting the exhibition in November 2019.

  • The winner of the InsideOut Art Prize 2019 will receive a prize of 1 Lakh rupees. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the two runners-up and the People’s Choice Award winner. Further prizes will be announced nearer to the competition closing date.

  • The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence shall be entered into.

Sales of work

  • InsideOut will prepare an e-catalogue of finalists with a brief biography of the artist and photograph of the artwork. Separately a sales list will be made available with the prices quoted by the artists.

  • InsideOut will charge no agents fee for works sold at the exhibition.

  • Neither InsideOut nor the gallery shall be under any liability whatsoever to the artist or the purchaser in respect of any work sold at or resulting from the exhibition.

  • Purchasers must be advised that the works are to remain in the gallery until the completion of the exhibition.

Form 1 - Artist Information can be submitted as soon as possible to show intent to enter. Form 2 - Artwork Details can be submitted when your art work is ready. Please note all forms must be submitted by September 30.


“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.”  
― James Baldwin

InsideOut Art Prize - FAQs

Must I have been resident in India for all of the eligibility period? What about an overseas holiday?

Yes.  You must be a resident of India during the period Oct 1 2018 to Sept 30 2019. Your place of residence is not affected by holidays overseas.

May I enter more than one artwork?

No. You may only enter one artwork in a given year.

May I enter an artwork that has already been in another competition held by another institution?

Yes. As long as the work is available for delivery, judging and exhibiting when required.

Can more than one person enter an artwork?

Yes. We accept entries by collaborative artists.

Do I have to be over 18 to enter?

No. You can be of any age to enter.

How do I enter?

You must complete the two online registration forms by Sept 30, 2019. Finalists will be announced on Oct 16, 2019. Finalists should then submit your artwork to InsideOut between 10am and 6pm Oct 17- 20, 2019.

How much does it cost to enter?

There is no cost to enter the InsideOut Art Prize.

Why do you ask age and gender on the registration form?

To help us with targeted PR for the competition and exhibition and to help us assess if we are reaching our diversity targets. The information will not be provided to the judges.

Where do I take my artwork?

Everyone who has registered for the competition will receive an email informing them where to deliver their artwork for judging. This may not be the same location as the gallery hosting the exhibition of finalists.

Has the gallery received my artwork?

Upon receipt of the artwork at the gallery, you will receive a confirmation email from InsideOut. If you have registered for the competition but your artwork has not been received by the due date you will receive an email from Insideout about non receipt of the artwork.

Any other questions?

Questions about competition entry, sponsorship or media? Email with your details, including your phone number, and we will  get back to you.

InsideOut is a volunteer LGBTQ+ organisation of Indian and ex-pat professionals and diplomats based in Delhi, supporting health, human rights and the arts through cultural exchange.