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 / Programmes Manager
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 as an educator. She has a Bachelors in Fine Arts from College of Art, Delhi and a Masters in Visual Art from Ambedkar University Delhi.
GARGI CHANDOLA / Teaching Fellow 2020-21
Gargi is a visual artist based in New Delhi, India. Currently training in Pahari Miniature under the mentorship of a master artist. She is the co-founder of Post-Art Project, a multi-disciplinary arts studio. Her work gravitates towards themes of feminism, personal history, violence, socio-political hierarchy and she often articulates these in her works by filtering them with a touch of humour. She creates paintings (primarily on paper), illustrated zines and large scale murals.
DHWANI SHAH / Teaching Fellow 2020-21
Dhwani is an illustrator and graphic designer from Mumbai. She studied design from Sir J.J. School of Applied Art, Mumbai and National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She enjoys working on editorial illustrations, non fiction comics and publication design projects. She has designed multiple hand-made books and children's books for the publishing house, Tara Books and is presently teaching at Dot School of Design, Chennai.
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.
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
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 / Programmes 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.
AL-QAWI NANAVATI / Teaching Fellow 2020-21
Al-Qawi is an artist and art-educator based in Mumbai. She has completed her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Teaching has been an integral part of her professional life and she has taught in various capacities at institutions like: the Project Art Teaching Residency USA, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA, the Metropolitan Schoolhouse, USA, Space 118 Residency, India, Aga Khan Youth Board, India, among others.
SOUMYA MENON / Teaching Fellow 2020-21
Soumya is a children’s book illustrator and design educator. She graduated from National of Design, Ahmedabad and has worked on picture books, comics and editorial illustrations for many publishers as well as children’s magazines. She enjoys collaborating with children, and has previously worked with NGOs in the educational sector. She is currently part-time faculty at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore.
NANVI JHALA / Research Intern
Nanvi is a third year student at Srishti majoring in Creative Education, Nanvi loves to create ripples of change with her art. Art has been her calling since she was 10, in which she has transformed herself and many others. She believes that values incorporated using education through art will play a huge role in shaping young minds. Nanvi is also a founder of 'a_step_towards_change', an initiative to make change and help people smile a little more.
RAMA SUNDAR RANGANATHAN / Artist-Educator
Rama is a professional Hindustani Classical Vocalist having trained in the
Indore Gharana tradition by late Shanti Sharma ji and Pt. Tejpal Singh ji.
She is also a visual artist and an author having published with Rupa &Co, Tata Infomedia, Shloka Publications and Navneet Publications. She is a concert singer and conducts workshops for schools and colleges on cross
pollination of art forms of music and drawing.
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
TEACHING FELLOWSHIP ADVISORY
COMMUNITY ARTS GRANTS ADVISORY
Mary Therese Kurkalang