Colourful artwork depicting powerful women which is  displayed on a wooden wall. In the distance are two female artists working at a table
Artwork by Shehzil Malik (@shehzilm), Creating Heroines workshop, Nepal 2019 ©

Amuse Group

Are you an artist based in India, Nepal or Sri Lanka? Are you interested in international collaborations? Is your work focused around gender? Do you have life stories to tell? Are you wondering where to start? 

Creating Heroines is inviting emerging mid-career artists to take part in and collaborate with other artists from across South Asia through a week-long online workshop series led by award-winning British graphic novelist and comic scholar Dr Nicola Streeten

In a step by step approach, Dr. Streeten along with guest lecturers including storytellers and artists from the UK and South Asia will guide you through a series of fun practical exercises to help you develop original multimedia content focusing on gender related themes through comics, graphic novels, zines, short films and/or animation.

Following the online workshop, participants will have the opportunity to apply for additional funding to further develop their ideas through cross-border collaboration amongst the participating artists

Dates and times

Dates: The workshop will take place the week of 22nd March 2021 - 26th March 2021 

Time and duration: Sessions will be held in the afternoon (South Asia time zones) for 4- 5 hours per day

Platform: The workshop will be hosted virtually


To apply for this opportunity, you should meet the following criteria:

  • Artists in Nepal, India and Sri Lanka working in the areas of comics, graphic novels, zines, short films and/or animation
  • Artists in Nepal, India and Sri Lanka with an interest in exploring gender related topics/ themes in their work
  • Artists who identify as female-identifying, women-idenfiying, queer, trans, intersex and/or non-binary
  • Indian, Nepali and Sri Lankan artists based and/or living outside of India, Sri Lanka and Nepal are ineligible
  • If you have taken part in Creating Heroines programmes previously as a participant, you cannot apply for this opportunity
  • Artists must be aged 19 and above


How to apply

You can apply through the 'Apply here' button on this page. Applications will take 5 - 10 minutes to complete.

The deadline for applications is midnight 24th February 2021. We envision to get in touch with applicants regarding an outcome during the first week of March 2021.

Participants will be selected through an open call application process and shortlisted by the Creating Heroines panel including external guests.

Applications will be evaluated by the Creating Heroines panel. The panel will review the format of your work (e.g. comics/films), the alignment of your work to gender narratives/themes, and your interest in the programme. The decision of the assessment panel will be final.


Frequently asked questions

Please see the FAQ document below for more information on the programme