International Residencies Programme for Artists and Scholars

Sanskriti’s international residencies are its global signature.Since 1993 it has hostedover 600 artists, poets, scholars, and writers as well as some 300 craftspersons and cultural activists (from across the world as well as South Asia) to the Sanskriti Kendra, the Foundation’s sylvan five-acrecampus located on the outskirts of New Delhi.To all these creative people, the Kendra has offered a uniquely serene and enabling environment in which to work, reflect and interactwith each other, as well as their local peers.Its internationally recognized programme of individual residencies, offered in cooperation with bodies such as UNESCO, Australia’s Asia-Link and the Fulbright Fellowships Programme, has been particularly appealing to visual artists wishing to broaden their own practice through collaborative engagement withIndian craftspeople.Through its extensive local network, Sanskriti has proactively facilitated richinteractionsbetween visiting artists, their Indian counterpartsas well as the local artisans.

Seeking to build on these distinctive capacities, which it deploys in many other disciplines as well, Sanskriti has diversifiedits international residency offer.While the individual residenciescontinue, Sanskriti has also embarked on new models of group residencies.These three group options are the following:

  1. Self-Proposed group creative residencies
    This residency model offers the Kendra’s unique facilities (see details below) to international groups that have designed a programme of their ownrequiring immersion in Indian culture and the supportive environment of the kind the campus and its staff provide.
    For examplethe Chicago School of Art/ Wyoming School.

    * Terms and Conditions

  2. Collaborative group creative residencies
    These residencies will bring together groups of visual artists or arts students, who will interact at the Kendra with Indian craftspersons/artisans in different disciplines(listed below) as appropriate. Workshops specially designed for this purpose by Sanskriti’s team, together with the overseas organizers,will enable the visiting group to learn about particular local crafts skills, exchange knowledge and knowhow with the local practitioners and produce new work in the collaborative mode. The
    Helpmann Academy in Adelaide, for example, organizes residencies for groups of emerging Australian artists who visit the Kendra for six-week periods to interact with Indian artists and artisans.

    * Terms and Conditions

  3. Academic learning residencies
    In 2014, Sanskriti will inaugurate a new model of learning residencies for groups of arts scholars, museum curators and docents, students, etc.which will pertain to Indian art history, collecting and curating of Indian art. The learning residencies will be based on a concentrated programme of lectures and workshops by eminent local scholars, curators and art critics.These academic modules will be designed and coordinated by the eminent curator and scholar Dr. Jyotindra Jain and other local experts.They will also include site visits and multiple interactions with the local arts environment.

    * Terms and Conditions

All four types of residency programmes benefit directly from the Kendra’s unique facilities and local outreach, consisting of the following:

  • Sanskriti Museums: Three thematic museums are located within the Sanskriti cultural complex: the Museum of Indian Terracotta, the Museum of Everyday Art and the Museum of Indian Textiles.The collections of these museums are representative of India’s diverse tangible heritage. Each offers resident artists an unparalleled visual resource. Besides the three museums, Sanskriti maintains linkages with other museums, located in Delhi. We could provide liaison for the artists in residence.
  • Library / Research Centre: Sanskriti Kendra has a highly specialized reference library housing around 2000 books on art, culture, museums, Indian traditions of textiles, handicrafts and Indian terracottas, etc. Visitors, researchers, artists and students are welcome to use the material.
  • Ceramics Centre: Since 2005, the campus has housed a state-of-the-art ceramics production centre, equipped and managed in cooperation with the esteemed Delhi Blue Pottery Trust.
  • Enamel Centre: Sanskriti has recently created a well-equipped enamel production centre in cooperation with the Enamellist Society of India that offers short training courses on enamelling techniques.
  • Site-specific Installation spaces: Sanskriti Kendra provides open air space for site-specific works of art and installations.
  • Art Materials: Sanskriti is able to identify and procure a wide range of traditional materials, e.g. mineral pigments, natural dyes, textiles, gold and silver leaf, shellac, handmade paper and clays.
  • Popular culture: Since the 19th century when mass reproduction or production of printing technology emerged in India, there has been an explosion of the visual image. Today the visual image is mass-producedand mass-consumed through unique banners and posters, photography and calendars, product labels, TV and various forms of street culture. These images have entered the world of contemporary art practice already through avant-garde and post-modernist art practices.

Sanskriti has established connections with archives of Indian popular culture for artists to explore possibilities of their individual expressions through these images.

  • Collaborative work with traditional craftspersons: Sanskriti maintains regular links with traditional craftspersons and textile weavers, dyers, printers, etc., as well as crafts workshops all over India. Resident artists can draw freely on such links in pursuing their own individual or group activities. This could be done either by visiting craft-related places anywhere in India through Sanskriti’s network or by inviting traditional crafts practitioners to Sanskriti Kendra itself.
  • Network of local arts and culture expertise: The local friends of Sanskriti include many eminent as well as emerging scholars, thinkers, curators, artists and craftspeople.The Kendra offers regular talks on key aspects of Indian art and culture to participants in all three types of residencies.
  • Facilitating Indigenous Crafts Collaboration: If any visiting artist desires to do collaborative work in his/her field, Sanskriti will be happy to establish/facilitate visits to such crafts centres to different parts of India.
  • Open Houses and other forums: Artists can present their work in public forums, interact in seminars, or conduct workshops with underprivileged children. They can also share their own practice and techniques with students at local art schools.
  • Art gallery & Multipurpose Hall (MPH): Sanskriti has two gallery spaces, which can be used for various kinds of exhibitions, as well as a new Multi-Purpose Hall.
    Art gallery I : 900 sqft
    Art Gallery II : 800 sqft
    Multi Purpose Hall : 1000 sqft

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