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We believe in the transformative power of the arts

Our Creative Director Ita Mehrotra talks about some of our programmes

About Us

Artreach is one of India’s foremost arts education non-profits established in Delhi in 2015.  We empower participants through creativity and offer enriching learning experiences in the visual arts.  We teach artistic skills to talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and help them build careers in the field. We partner with many amazing organisations and talented and passionate artists across the country, all of whom share our belief in the power of art to change lives. 

Where we work

We work across India with many communities including children and young people living in care homes, children from low income and slum communities, children from crime affected families, child refugees, Dalit and Muslim girls, children of brick kiln labourers, communities of homeless women and tribal women.

Our Values

Diving underwater into creativity in a mural workshop at one of our partner care homes in 2016 led by volunteer artists Niqita and Komal Gupta

Our founder Charty Dugdale talks about the beginnings of Artreach

Our Story

Artreach was born out of an intensive mural painting project in 2010 with children who live on the New Delhi railway platform. We grew slowly through word of mouth: more artists came on board and more NGO spaces were transformed into vibrant joyful colourful homes and centres. Funds were raised by volunteers on a project-to-project basis. 

In 2015 we set up the Artreach Trust with the commitment to transform the lives of children, youth and women from marginalised communities in India through art.

How we're funded

Our focus has always been on the ground, on our programmes – delivering the best in transformative arts engagement and education to the groups we work with.  This is recognised time and again by our partners: what we do really makes a difference.

Our growth has been sustained by the generous support of individuals, committed art institutions, corporate donors, partnerships with cultural venues, and cost sharing with partner NGOs.

Expressive painting on canvas made by a participant during our Teaching Fellowship workshops led by Pragya Bhargava in 2021

Our Values

Framing and perspectives, children from one of our partnering care homes learning art through history and motifs at Humayun's Tomb during our Teaching Fellowship led by Tahsin Akhtar between 2019-20
Children learning to express emotions through an relay drawing session in our teaching fellowship workshop led by artist Al-Qawi Nanavati, Workshops supported by Kiran Nadar Museum of Art
Artist Tahsin Akhtar demonstrates building of sculptures and props in a storytelling workshop at one of our partnering care homes as part of Artreach-KNMA teaching fellowship 2019-20
Art for all, changing lives through art and expression. Participants engaged in a collage workshop during a teaching fellowship workshop led by Sonam Chaturvedi in 2017-18

We innovate, imagine and inspire positive change through art.


We nurture confidence, self-expression, joy and enable people to harness their dreams.


We are committed to excellence, delivering our programmes with care, passion and integrity.

Children from Loka School in Bihar lead a thread painting activity for adults from their village at the community exhibition post the workshops led by Artreach

We are democratic, collaborative, inclusive and believe that everyone has a right to be heard.


We build long-term relationships with marginalised communities to create lasting impact.

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