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Khoj Director Pooja Sood joins the Board of the Public Arts Trust of India.

Pooja Sood is a founding member and Director of Khoj International Artists’ Association which is a not for profit society committed to experimentation and exchange in the visual arts in India. Under her stewardship, Khoj has grown from an annual event in 1997 to a small but vibrant building based institution which plays a central role in the development of interdisciplinary, experimental and critical contemporary art practice in India and South Asia. As Director of Khoj, she has worked actively to build a robust network of experimental spaces across south Asia resulting in the South Asian Network for the Arts (SANA). Pooja Sood’s contribution has been in the field of curating alternative contemporary art practices in India as well as exploring different models of collaboration and institution building in India and South Asia.

Since 2009, she has been serving as the Director of ARThinkSouthAsia (ATSA), an arts management programme for young managers in the cultural sphere.

From November 2015 to February 2019, Sood also served as the Director General of Jawahar Kala Kendra, an arts centre in Jaipur established by the Rajasthan Government. Sood has served on several international arts juries, most recently being the Omega Resilient Awards (2023), the Nordic Culture Fund (2022-23), the Rockefeller-Care Fellowship for Bellagio (2022) and has been an advisor and mentor for the South-South Asia fellowship (2022-23).

The Public Arts Trust of India (PATI) is a non-profit organisation that works at a grassroots and international level to democratise arts and culture for all. Based in the Indian state of Rajasthan (between Jaipur and Jodhpur), PATI’s initiatives foster a more holistic growth of arts and culture through artist residencies, commissioning, curating, education and professional development programmes and community exchange, reinforcing creativity as an important part of everyday life regardless of a person’s association or generation.

Among PATI’s initiatives are Jaipur Art Week and Jodhpur Arts Week, two annual events which activate historic locations across both cities. Now entering Edition 4.0, Jaipur Art Week (27th Jan – 3rd Feb 2025) has grown to become an important incubator for early career artists and creatives to expand their horizons and gain visibility in the international art world. Celebrating diverse perspectives in contemporary art, design, and jewellery, Jodhpur Arts Week Edition 1.0 will take place from the 17th – 27th September 2025 uniting artists, designers, makers, and thinkers from across the globe.