Vasl Artists’ Association in collaboration with Khurram Kasim Art Foundation launched the Vasl-KKAF research grant in 2018 to the qualifying artists of  Taaza Tareen residencies.

The Vasl-KKAF Research Grant aims to support and fund talented emerging artists who demonstrate artistic merit, commitment to their creative practice and show a keen interest in engaging and building ties with the community. The year-long grant supports artists in research and in creation of original works. They are also awarded a solo show at the prestigious Canvas Gallery in Karachi. Artists are chosen from amongst Vasl’s annual Taaza Tareen residency.

Since 2018, the Khurram Kasim Art Foundation has annually sponsored the year-long Vasl Research Grant.

Since 2019, the Canvas Gallery has been showcasing the works produced by the Vasl-KKAF Research Grant recipient artist.


Vasl-KKAF Research Grant 2023-2024

Grant winner, Mubashar Iqbal


Vasl-KKAF Research Grant 2022-2023

Grant winner, Lujane Vaqar Pagganwala

Vasl-KKAF Research Grant 2022-2023

Grant winner, Tooba Ashraf


Vasl-KKAF Research Grant 2021-2022

Grant winner, Anusha Novlani


Vasl-KKAF Research Grant 2020-2021

Grant winner, Suleman Faisal


Vasl-KKAF Research Grant 2019-2020

Grant winner, Hamid Hanbhi


Vasl Research Grant 2018-2019

Grant winner, Mujtaba Asif

About KKAF

Khurram Kasim Art Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation, launched in 2017, created by Karachi based art collector Khurram Kasim. Through educational programs, residencies, grants and events, KKAF seeks to facilitate and foster cultural exchange and dialogue between local and international artistic practices and art networks.

About Canvas Gallery

Established in 1999 in Karachi, Canvas Gallery is committed to the discovery, support, development and promotion of the art and artists from Pakistan. Canvas is the leading space for emerging and established artists to showcase their works.