An integral part of the Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF), the Research Cell aims to foster experimental and theoretical investigations that bring new perceptions and interpretations in the history of art and visual culture. The Research Cell will provide a platform for investigative learning, focusing on modern and contemporary art, visual culture and its social dimensions in Pakistan and its diasporas. It is committed to support creative art practices, promote a diverse cultural ecology, and encourage inter/multi-disciplinary approaches and outcomes.

The Research Cell aims to enhance opportunities, encourage primary research on artistic cultures; support writing, workshop training, and curatorial practices. It supports a program of Grants and Awards, which foster research capacities at individual, collective, and institutional levels.

The Research Cell programs will also encourage art philanthropy in Pakistan to focus more on supporting research, by building relationships with private, government, institutional and corporate partners, both domestically and internationally.




Structure of the Research Cell

  • Core Team
    The Core Team provides sustained and ongoing direction and advice to the Research Cell. The team includes experts, field leaders, and heads of institutions.
  • Advisory Team
    The Advisory Team consists of local and international experts who have done considerable work in their respective fields and have published or exhibited widely. These individuals offer advice to the Research Cell on project basis.
  • Mentor
    Each Grant will have a dedicated Mentor who offers ongoing guidance to the grantee for their respective project.
  • Network
    An academic platform for sharing of knowledge and resources and creating a channel for dialogue and discourse.


Granting Procedures

The Research Cell will host both Grants and Awards.
Grants focus on new research programs.
Awards recognize existing accomplishments.

Procedure for Grants and Awards:

  1. Each Grant and Award will have its own specific criteria and framework, which will be designed by LBF and its partners.
  2. Each opportunity will be announced through open calls or nominations.
  3. Selections will be made via external juried process.
  4. One member of the jury will also serve as a mentor to the awardee. This will ensure greater success in pursuing research objectives and presenting its findings.
  5. Each project will conclude in a deliverable form that enables the preservation and open dissemination of knowledge gathered.
  6. Applicants may include anyone holding a college degree interested in art and visual culture from Pakistan, including: artists, historians, academics, critics, curators, collectors. Preference will be given to researchers residing in Pakistan.