Friday, June 1, 2007

Krishen Jit ASTRO Fund -Call for Applications

The Krishen Jit ASTRO Fund
2007 Call for Applications

The Krishen Jit ASTRO Fund has been created by ASTRO to encourage and support creative work in Malaysia. One of the main objectives of Krishen’s pioneering work was celebrating original Malaysian creativity in as varied and alternative ways as possible in all the areas of the arts. His groundbreaking theatre practice straddled and brought together a wide range of contrasting spheres, producing projects that were inter-disciplinary, multi-cultural, multi-lingual and experimental. Negotiating between academia and practice, tradition and contemporary pop culture, Hollywood and Bollywood, the mainstream and the marginalized, Krishen’s work articulated a Malaysian identity that was ever evolving and encouraged practitioners and audiences to reflect on their lives and societies. This is the spirit of the Krishen Jit ASTRO Fund.

In 2006, the Fund received 80 applications. The final 3 grantees were:

- Au Sow Yee, for a film installation and performance.
- Sharon Chin, for research and an interactive installation and exhibition of new work concerning libraries and banned books.
- Dr. Ray Langenbach, for his Malaysian Performance Video Archives Project, a project to preserve Malaysian performance documentation.

Once again, in 2007, the fund will give out grants ranging from RM5,000 to RM20,000 for :

Experimental productions
Research and documentation
Creating new work in music, dance, theatre, writing, visual/performance art

Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Artist A might want to study under well known Indonesian theatre director Putu Wijaya. Artist A could apply to be attached to a production directed by Putu Wijaya for a 4-6 week period. This would give artist A insights and learning on methods of this director.

- Artist B might want to do research on a subject for purposes of writing a new script. Artist B could apply to do this research and write the script.
- Artist C could apply to direct and mount an experimental workshop or production.

- Artist D could apply to attend a training workshop within or outside of Malaysia.

- Attachments and internships.

The Krishen Jit ASTRO Fund will try to be inclusive, but work sited in Malaysia will be given preference. All arts practitioners in Malaysia are eligible to apply. The fund will be managed by Five Arts Centre and ASTRO.

The selection panel for awarding the grants shall comprise :

Dato’ Norliza Rofli – Director, Department of Culture and Arts, Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Malaysia
Har Kok Kit – Head of Production Services, ASTRO
Leow Puay Tin – Co-head, Department of Media and Performance, Sunway University College.
Ravi Navaratnam – Five Arts Centre
Mac Chan – Five Arts Centre

Application procedure - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

1. You may apply in English or Bahasa Malaysia.
2. Please keep your application limited to material that directly supports your application and our understanding of your work.
3. The selection panel reserves the right to call applicants for interview should the need arise.

Please mail all applications to:
Five Arts Centre
27 & 27A Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7
Taman Tun Dr Ismail
60000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel / Fax + 6 03 77254858
Or email to:


Section 1
Applicant Information
Name of applicant
Name of project director
Name of company
Telephone number(s)
Fax number(s)
Email address(es)

Section 2
Personal Profile
CV of applicant
Main activities/past history
Objectives of your past/present/future work
Annual number of projects and annual expenditure of these projects

Section 3
Project Information
Description of project
Objectives of project
Profile of those involved in the project
Significance of the project
Time frame of the project

Section 4
Detailed budget
Which other funding organizations have you applied to?
What amounts do you expect from these organizations?
What are your plans for this project if this application is not successful?

Section 5
Any additional information that you think will help the selection panel have a clearer understanding of your project.

Section 6
Account Information
Name of Account holder
Name of Bank and Branch
Type of account
Account number
Swift code
Address of Bank/Branch

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