Lavanya is an art & design practitioner with a professional degree from the National Institute of Design, India (NID). She has been working as an Exhibition Designer for art events featuring paintings, photography, sculptures, installations & video works for established and emerging artists. Her long standing belief in wellness through creative engagement for children and a passion for the arts, led her to join Artreach India. She is leading organizational growth through partnership building and fundraising aimed at increasing Artreach's impact and reach to a larger number of communities. In addition to her exhibition design practice, Lavanya has worked on a number of projects across design disciplines for organisations such as INTACH, ASI, Asian Heritage Foundation (Rajeev Sethi) and The National Museum, Delhi amongst others.
Charty was born and brought up in the UK. She studied Art History and English Literature at Edinburgh University, followed by a masters in Indian religions at SOAS in London. Her first job in Delhi was co-editor of an acclaimed hardback book about the lives of street and slum children - “If I were rain.” The title was taken from a painting workshop with the children of Salaam Baalak Trust. Charty established Artreach India as a charitable trust towards the end of her twelve years in India, so that the work she had been doing to bring art and artists into the lives of marginalised children would go on. She continues to be closely involved in the organisation, meeting weekly on Skype with the team in Delhi and visiting as much as possible, but always to chair Arteach’s biannual board meetings. In the UK she is working towards a masters in creative writing at Cambridge University.
NAIRA JENSEN / Khel Mel Founder and Mentor
Naira Jansen is an educator who taught at the American Embassy School, New Delhi for many years and also served as Director of Apple School, a preschool on the American Embassy compound. She founded Khel Mel with Charty and continues to mentor the programme - born from the belief that it is important to provide opportunities for children to pursue their passions and engage with the world around them in meaningful ways.
Ita is a visual artist and arts researcher focusing on graphic narratives, illustrated text, multi-media storytelling and community art practices. Her comics have been published by Yoda Press, Zubaan, Goethe Institute, thewire.in and AdAstra Comix and have been exhibited at KHOJ Artists Association, India International Centre, People Tree, India Habitat Centre, among others. Ita has an MPhil in visual studies from the School of Arts and Aesthetic JNU, an MA in visual art from Ambedkar University Delhi and a BA in philosophy from St.Stephens' College, Delhi University. She was awarded an exchange year at SciencesPo Paris, is a fellow of the Swedish Institute Young Connectors Program, a recipient of the KHOJ Negotiating Routes grant, to mention a select few. https://sunanditamehrotra.wordpress.com/
ANARYA / Programme Officer email@example.com Anarya is an artist, illustrator and art educator based in Delhi. She received her MA in Visual Arts from Ambedkar University Delhi and BFA in Painting from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan. She has participated in various group exhibitions including Student’s Biennale, Kochi Muzriz Biennale 2014 and 409 Ramkinkar’s. Anarya has worked as an art educator with children from different schools across Delhi.
DEEKSHA NATH / Trustee
Deeksha is an art critic and curator specializing in contemporary Indian art. She has curated exhibitions is New Delhi, Kolkata, Berlin, London, Melbourne, Shanghai and New York for galleries, private and public museums and cultural state institutions including Kiran Nadar Museum, Devi Foundation, Asia House, Birla Academy, India Habitat Centre and Haus der Kulturen der Welt. She is Desk Editor of Art AsiaPacific magazine and her writings have been published worldwide in books, magazines and catalogues. Deeksha trained in Art History at Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara (B.F.A.); in Arts Policy at City University, London (M.A.) and in Critical Writing and Contemporary Theory at Goldsmiths, London (M.A.). Deeksha is a Charles Wallace Scholar and an India Foundation for the Arts Fellow.
SONYA DIXON / Communications Consultant
Sonya Dixon is a communications specialist with a passion for art. She has been involved with Artreach since its inception, helping to create meaningful projects and partnerships in Delhi. Sonya is now based in the UK.