ATSA Fellowship 2017/18

ATSA’s flagship programme is a fellowship designed for emerging cultural managers with a focus on theory, professional training and secondment. 15 fellows from a variety of disciplines are selected each year from Afghanistan and South Asia. The fellowship offers a 2 week residential course that includes several intensive modules that are pertinent to the cultural sector and its management. The modules offered in the residential course include strategic planning, cultural policy, marketing, communications, financial planning, fundraising, human resource management and art & law. The modules are supplemented with evening lectures to give the fellows a targeted real world perspective. The faculty is a mix of Indian and international trainers and scholars. Post the residential course, each fellow is offered a fully funded four-week secondment best suited to their professional interests in a cultural organisation in Germany, UK or South Asia during the fellowship year.


The ARThinkSouthAsia Fellowship is designed to help develop skills, knowledge, networks and experience of potential leaders in the arts and cultural sector of South Asia. We believe that by supporting exceptional individuals to make a step‐change in their skills and career potential, we can bring substantial benefit to the cultural field as a whole.

15 Fellows will be selected from across South Asia.

The Fellowship is fully funded and includes:

  • A two‐week residential course in India in May 2018: This includes intensive modules in Strategic Planning, Cultural Policy, Marketing and Communications, Fundraising, HR, and Finance. These modules will be led by a mix of Indian and international professional trainers and academics, and will be supplemented by expert guest lectures. Participation in the residential programme is mandatory.
  • A 30-day secondment with a cultural institution in Germany/UK/South Asia over the year 2018-19.
  • A concluding seminar in May 2019. (to be confirmed)

The Fellowship is supported by Goethe-Institut, British Council, and the Piramal Art Foundation.

Application deadline: 31 October 2017

ATSA Fellows from Afghanistan

  1. Abdul Hamid Hemat (2014-15)

Abdul Hamid Hemat works in sculpture, painting, calligraphy, photography and graphics. He is currently a Media Officer at the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Kabul. Before this, he worked as the senior creative designer at the Moby Group. These professional roles, which expand his creativity under tight deadlines, stemmed from his interest in art. Hamid Hemat was first inspired to study art in 2001 upon watching videos of the Taliban’s destruction of the Buddha statues in Bamiyan. The devastation of such broken heritage sparked his interest that he was later able to pursue following the fall of Taliban. Hamid Hemat received his Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Kabul University and is currently working towards an MA in Visual Art at Kabul University.

 2. Mohammad Daud Hedayati (2016-17)

Mohammad Daud Hedayati currently works as the Business Mentoring Officer for Turquoise Mountain. His focus lies on the Arts & Craft Sector, and he has helped to set up nearly 30 independent businesses together with entrepreneurs. Furthermore, he has organised more than 50 Arts & Crafts exhibitions within Afghanistan and worldwide. He also works as an independent artist, and his work has been presented in Afghanistan as well as the UK.

 3. Mohammad Ali Sheida (2017-18)

Mohammad Ali Sheida is a freelance photographer and a graphic designer. He established Rowzana Production, a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit organisation with an aim to promote and preserve cultural values of the community, support arts initiatives, celebrate and build public awareness about the tangible and intangible heritage, democracy, human and women rights, good governance and youth empowerment.


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