TEACHING FELLOWSHIP YEAR A foundation course in visual art for young people in care Every year we give a grant to one artist to work with one care home in Delhi. The artist teaches a foundation course in the visual arts to about 20 students (aged 14 to 18) from the care home with a passion for art. Through twelve intensive workshops she/he leads the students through a comprehensive experience of art education, exploring techniques, media, art history and aesthetics. The artist takes them on field visits to art colleges, exhibitions and the art fairs. The artist encourages participants to use art as a tool for the critical exploration of the world, to cultivate their imaginative, creative and reflective skills and to find an individual expressive voice.
At the end of the year the students put up an exhibition of their work at KNMA, which is accompanied by a catalogue. Works are for sale and typically sell very well– the proceeds go to the care home.
Past teaching fellows and care homes: 2015-16: Anni Kumari at Aman Biradari - Rainbow Homes 2016-17: Vandana Kothari at Udayan Care 2017-18: Artist Sonam Chaturvedi at Salaam Baalak Trust
Artists apply though an Open Call and are selected through an interview and trial workshop. They are supported through the year by a distinguished panel of art educators. The Open Call for our 2018-19 Teaching Fellowship with NGO Karm Marg will be out in May 2018.
In 2018 we are hoping to institute a Teaching Fellowship programme with an NGO in Mumbai. Help us raise funds to make this possible!
TEACHING FELLOWSHIP INTENSIVE in Bihar: In 2017 we initiated a collaboration with Nari Gunjan to work with the girls of the Musahar Dalit community in Bihar. Twice a year we facilitate intensive art engagement residencies led by artists for the girls in homes in Patna and Bodhgaya. The objectives are similar to our Fellowship programme - to expose young people to a variety of mediums, techniques, art histories, institutions and guide them through a path of artistic exploration and self-expression.
A team of five students from the Prerna School in Patna were part of the 3 day Artreach Festival 2017 at Bikaner House. This was their first time in Delhi. They saw their artworks on display, performed on stage during the Festival, took part in the workshops and also got a chance to site-see. In their words, "We felt like we were in a dream to be in Delhi!' NARI GUNJAN TEACHING FELLOWS : March-April 2017:Tyga Helme and Anni Kumari October 2017: Ita Mehrotra, New Delhi Febrauary 2018:Selma Salman, New York based Bosnian Artist
Reflections: "The benefits are hard to describe in a few words, because it seemed to me that reaching within themselves and fetching those ideas and that talent from inside gave them an anchor that could very well persist for the better part of their lives. I don’t think it matters how many of these girls will choose art as a career, though it'd be great if they did. To me, what mattered was that attention was paid to their latent talent, possibly to nurture it further, but mostly to help them familiarise themselves with that shining, unique spot of talent they have. It’s never easy to 'tell' a child to see this bright shining spot, whereas to have them reveal it to themselves is priceless and long-lasting!" Mansi Chaturvedi-Sharma, Co-ordinator, Aman Biradari, New Delhi