Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy announces international art residency programme Neela Asmaan for Pakistani artists
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is always cooking up something cool where the art world is concerned and she’s back with another programme for creatives in Pakistan and around the world. The esteemed filmmaker has announced an international art residency called Neela Asmaan for emerging and established artists in Pakistan.
A project of SOC Films, Neela Asmaan will transport artists to the Shigar valley in Gilgit-Baltistan and offer them an opportunity to make art, taking inspiration from their picturesque surroundings. The residency programme open to writers, photographers, philosophers, architects, climate change warriors, visual artists, and design practitioners, provides private bedrooms and shared spaces that double as studio spaces, as well as a stipend of up to Rs 100,000 to cover travel expenses.
Applicants must have a clear vision for their project and produce a Statement of Intent to convey this. The residency offers a stay of two to four weeks. Each resident will be paired with a mentor during the program, who will provide them with meaningful feedback and hone their creative skills.
“Neela Asmaan is a unique opportunity for artists to refocus and create original works in a supportive and nurturing environment,” said Obaid-Chinoy, founder of SOC Films. “We’re excited to bring this programme to life and support the next generation of talented artists.”
Applications for the first cycle of the Neela Asmaan will be accepted starting February 15 with a deadline of March 15.