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Workshop Facilitators

Art Historian, Author & Educator
Curator & Art Educator

Date & Time

Fri, 7 Oct 2022 Sun, 9 Oct 2022
Free to attend

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Friday, October 7  |  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 8  |  11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sunday, October 9  |  11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Look at Art, Engage in Dialogue and Be Inspired

Some of us find contemporary art incomprehensible and intimidating. This three-day workshop on looking at contemporary visual art from India and the world introduces participants to the joy of interactive dialogue with art, to unpack layers of meaning and to explore their own creativity. Art embraces many roles: as a storehouse of knowledge, a treasury of a variety of perceptions and points of view – hence contemporary art is challenging and exciting to explore. It provides us with multiple opportunities to reflect on life, ourselves and the issues that the world is grappling with. All of these reflections add to the richness of the experience of seeing, finding meaning and sharing with one another.

The experience of the workshop enables the audience to find individual ways of seeing, to understand and enjoy art. It aims to open a window – to look at art and the content of our everyday lives through reflection and creative expression.

All those interested in the journey of looking at art are welcome. No prior knowledge of art is required. The programme will consist of three interactive sessions of two hours each over three days. The workshop is open to all those above the age of 18 years. The group is limited to 25 people and registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Image credits
Thumbnail and header: Keerti Pooja, Collecting Memories
Poster: Keerti Pooja, Shifting Perspectives

In collaboration with LAND – Learning through Arts, Narrative and Discourse

Workshop Facilitators

Shobita Punja

Art Historian, Author & Educator

Dr. Shobita Punja holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History, a Master’s degree in Ancient History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, another Master’s degree in Art Education from Stanford University, California and was awarded a doctoral degree for her contribution to the field of Art Education in 1982. She has been invited to lecture on Indian Art at various institutions and universities in India and abroad. Dr. Punja served on the Governing Council and Executive Committee of INTACH. She is a member of the Governing Council of the Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad, a Trustee of the Helen Hamlyn Trust, UK and Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, and also of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur.

Dr. Punja began her professional life working at the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (1980 – 1997), Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Her work included training teachers, educators, principals and educational officers on the importance of integrating art and cultural history in the school curriculum throughout the country. She set up the Heritage Education and Communication Service for INTACH, and her last assignment was as CEO of the National Culture Fund, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. She is the author of several books on Indian art and culture.

Kriti Sood

Curator & Art Educator

Kriti Sood is a Curator and Art Educator based in New Delhi. She is the Founder and Director of LAND – Learning through Arts, Narrative and Discourse and art advisor for WIPRO, India. Previously, she has worked as Senior Curator for the Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi (2014-2018), where she now works as an art education consultant. She has been Programming Head for the Speakers’ Forum at India Art Fair 2013 and worked at Rashtrapati Bhavan. She has furthermore mentored education programmes and exhibitions at various universities, such as Ashoka University, St. Stephen’s College at Delhi University, Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication and Jindal Global Law School. Along with this, she has curated art education programmes at the Kochi – Muziris Biennale (2018-2019) in collaboration with the Helen Hamlyn Trust, London; at the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP), Bangalore; and at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai.

A selection of her recent curatorial and educational projects includes: Curator of Unfolding Stories (2019) presented by Artreach India; Assistant Curator of Deeper within its Silence – Form and Unbecoming (2019); Curator of the FilmIt project (2019) in Kerala presented by INTACH, India and Helen Hamlyn Trust, London at the Kochi – Muziris Biennale; Assistant Curator of This Night Bitten Dawn (2017) produced by the Devi Art Foundation with the Gujral Foundation; and Co-Curator of INTERSECT (2018) presented by the Devi Art Foundation. She assisted in the exhibition, A Search in Five Directions (2018), in honour of Padma Bhushan Late Martand Singh.