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Peers 2015

The Khoj Peers residency program provides emerging artists and creative practitioners a platform for dialogue, experimentation, and exchange. This helps in building a forum and creating a network of young interdisciplinary artists from various art, architecture, new media, performance, performing arts and design disciplines.

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Peers is a four week residency programme at KHOJ International Artists’ Association that provides recent graduates and masters students from various art and design institutes across the country an opportunity for exchange and dialogue. It aims to provide young artists a forum for experimentation and interaction with the larger creative community. It also hopes to create a network of students from various art, architecture, media and design colleges.

Peers has been a one of KHOJ‘s pioneering programmes, and 2015 saw the 12th edition of Peers. It is a unique residency model, closely curated for recent graduates and young artists starting their professional careers. KHOJ also provides a platform for young art practitioners who have not been trained in art schools and colleges. The Peers residency is populated with artists’ visits and interactions, studio visits and curated exhibition walk-through, for the residents to have a gamut of art-related experiences and exposure. The aim of the Peers programme is to provide infrastructure, inspiration and mentorship to emerging artists and art practices.

The Peers residency ends with an Open Day, where resident artists show their works in progress and interact with audiences. Following the Open day, KHOJ organises Peers Share, a two-day intensive seminar for young artists who had qualified for the final round of the peers selection process. Peers Share is a great learning opportunity for young artists to showcase their own practice and get valuable feedback and criticism from their peers, colleagues, senior art practitioners, art critics and the KHOJ curatorial team.

The artists-in-residence for PEERS 2015 were: Digbijayee Khatua, from College of Art, New Delhi; Faiza Hasan, from Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication, Hyderabad; Mithun Das, from Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan; Shailesh BR, from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda; and Utsa Mukherjee, from University of Cambridge, UK.


Keeping in mind the diversity of art training in India and to ensure a plurality of ideas and opinions in the residency, KHOJ invites a jury for the selection of five artists-in-residence and one critic-in-residence. In 2015 KHOJ invited artists and art educators Manisha Parekh, Tushar Joag, Vasudha Thozur, art critic and director of FICA Vidya Shivadas and KHOJ director Pooja Sood as the PEERS 2015 jury.

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