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ARThink South Asia 2014

ARThinkSouthAsia is a management, policy, and research programme in the arts and culture sector. Initiated in 2010, the programme is dedicated to founding and supporting a cadre of arts managers committed to the cause of capacity building in the South Asian region, encompassing Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

About this edition

This edition brought together fifteen Fellows based out of Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Vadodara in India, Kabul in Afghanistan, Dhaka in Bangladesh, Karachi in Pakistan, Kathmandu in Nepal, and Tehran in Iran. In accordance with ARThinkSouthAsia’s imaginative vision that is geared towards capacity-building, these cultural practitioners were trained by experts in the essential managerial skills of fundraising, digital marketing, human resources, and strategic planning. Some of the initiatives and collectives where the 2014-15 Fellows have played key roles are: the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Kabul, the independent publishing house Akshar Creations Nepal that strives to visibilise the articulations of marginalised genders and other non-mainstream narratives; the Kathmandu-based collective Awahan that holds monthly discussions on socio-cultural issues; performing arts groups such as Visual Respiration and the Landing Stage Youth Theatre Group in Chennai; the contemporary art gallery ICONART based in Hyderabad; the arts consultancy group Trivi Arts Concerns in Thiruvananthapuram that offers administrative support for art festivals and workshops as well as educational initiatives in the arts; the multi-dimensional space Ashvita that functions as an art gallery, a retail store, and a restaurant brand at three locations in Chennai; the dynamic not-for-profit platform Derang, in Tehran, that enables syncretic cultural exchanges through music; the Bengaluru chapter of the Short + Sweet Festival; the Vadodara-based foundation for printmaking called Chhaap that enables artists to work with various printmaking media; the independent consultancy Khublei that offers multiple services including marketing, communications, art management, curation, and ethical practice mentorships; the community-run Dharamshala Residential and International Festival for Theatre; The Looking Glass (TLG), an organisation that works at the intersection of psychology, education, and the arts; the interdisciplinary creative start-up Salt Arts that focusses on the production of live music and a range of art events; the Dhaka-based not-for-profit PROGGA that works towards research and advocacy in the social sector; and the collaborative and participatory platform Hamdasti that works with artists, designers, communities, and government departments.

To read the biographies of the ARThinkSouthAsia 2014-15 Fellows and Faculty, please visit this site.

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