ITA MEHROTRA / Director
Ita led Khel Mel workshops with Artreach in 2014-15, managed the hugely successful first Artreach Festival at Bikaner House, Delhi in 2017, and has been heading programmes at Artreach since then. Trained in visual art, art history and philosophy, Ita has worked with numerous social development and art institutions across the country, such as Khoj, Pravah, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan among others. Her own non-fiction graphic stories have been published by thewire.in, Zubaan, Goethe Institute, Yoda Press and others. She has an MPhil from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU.
SHIVANGI SINGH / Programme Officer
Shivangi Singh is an artist and illustrator from Delhi. She is co-founder of an independent publishing platform BlueJackal (bluejackal.net) which engages with visual narratives, picture books and comics. She manages the teaching programmes in close coordination with the team and artist educators. She is interested in using storytelling, bookmaking and visual narrative and hopes to bring the world of picture books to her workshops. She has a Bachelors in Fine Arts from College of Art, Delhi and a Masters in Visual Art from Ambedkar University Delhi.
PRAGYA BHARGAVA / Teaching Fellow 2020-21
Pragya is a practicing artist, researcher and art instructor currently based in Gurugram, india. She graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore and a Bachelors of Science (Physics Major) from IGNOU. She has recently completed her MRes in Fine Art and Humanities from Royal College of Art, London.
LOKESH KHODKE / Teaching Fellow 2020-21
Lokesh Khodke is an independent artist, comics maker and illustrator based in New Delhi, India. His works have been published with Eklavya Publications (Bhopal), Mango Books (Kottayam), Muskaan Publications (Bhopal) and Comix India (Pune), BlueJackal (Delhi), Sliced Quarterly (UK). He is one of the co-founders of Bluejackal, which is a collective platform for publishing comics, picture books. Lokesh did his MVA in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda in 2004.
SOPHIE OBERMEYR / Graphic Designer & Editor
Sophie joined Artreach as a volunteer in September 2019, documenting the programs and coming up with graphics and videos to showcase Artreach’s work to the world. She has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Vienna University. After 6 months in Delhi, she is now based in Barcelona, Spain, studying Art and Cultural Management, but continues to work with Artreach to help empower people through art.
DEEKSHA NATH / Trustee & Director of Artreach India 2015 - 18
Deeksha is an art critic and curator specializing in contemporary Indian art. She has curated exhibitions in 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. Deeksha is now based in Switzerland.
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.
ANARYA / Programme Manager
Anarya is trained as a visual artist, illustrator and art educator. She received her MA in Visual Arts from Ambedkar University Delhi and BFA in Painting from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan. Her career as an art educator began after leading workshops with Artreach India in 2015. Since then she has facilitated many art workshops and taught art at private schools in Delhi. For Anarya it is inspiring to see how art becomes a powerful tool for children coming from difficult backgrounds, who have so much potential but no access to creative education. Seeing how a simple act of drawing on paper without fear can create so much confidence in a child is magical.
CHARTY DUGDALE / Founder & Managing Trustee
Charty started Artreach after seeing the impact a simple art engagement could have on the lives of homeless children in the New Delhi station. She was also inspired by her work with Triangle Arts Trust and Youthreach, for whom she co-edited 'If I were rain,' an acclaimed hardback book about the lives of street and slum children. Now based in the UK after 14 years in Delhi, Charty remains involved in Artreach operations, visiting India often. She is hugely proud of the team and inspired by what they make happen.
ARUNA MANJUNATH / Teaching Fellow 2020-21
Aruna is a visual artist, theatre practitioner, and arts facilitator with a Masters in Applied Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK. Her major is Theatre in Social Exclusion that focuses on the application of theatre in special needs, communities, education and healthcare homes. She has worked in Bangalore and London, in the planning and execution of arts programmes for children and young people in education institutions, children's libraries, care homes and communities across needs.
SONAM CHATURVEDI / AIM Manager
Sonam is an intermedia artist and educator. She manages Artreach's Apprenticeships, Internships and Mentorships (AIM) for students of the Artroom who wish to pursue studies or find jobs in the arts field - helping them towards sustainable futures on leaving their care homes. Sonam was Artreach's third Teaching Fellow in 2017-18. She has an MFA from Shiv Nadar University. She currently teaches art at O.P. Jindal Global University in Sonipat. www.sonamchaturvedi.com
PRIYAMVADA CHAUDHARY / Research Intern
Priyamvada completed her undergraduate degree in 2020 with a major in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, Maine, USA. She spent most of her time studying through the lens of art and design, to explore social, political and historical concerns. Having lived part of her life in the UK, and the other part in India, she loves working on collaborative projects that bring a diverse group of voices to the table and contribute to building platforms for the same.
LAVANYA AGARWAL / Development Advisor
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 shows with 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. Since March 2019 Lavanya has stepped back from her role as Development Director, but she remains part of the team as supporter & advisor.
NAIRA JENSEN / Khel Mel Founder & Mentor
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