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Peers 2017

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.

About this edition

Open Day: Thursday, 22nd June 2017

Peers is a four week residency programme at KHOJ International Artists’ Association that provides emerging artists from across the subcontinent with an opportunity for exchange and dialogue. It aims to provide young artists a forum for experimentation and interaction with the larger creative community as well as attempts to create a network of diverse artists across mediums and disciplines.

Peers has been a one of KHOJ’s pioneering programmes, and 2017 saw the 14th edition of Peers. Functioning as a unique residency model that closely curates artists at the start of their professional careers, the Peers residency is populated with artists’ visits and interactions, studio visits and curated exhibition walkthroughs, 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 2017 were: Ashish Dhola and Sahil Naik from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda; Sagar Shiriskar, from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune; Tanaya Kundu, from the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication, Hyderabad; and Vrishali Purandare, from Shiv Nadar University, Noida.


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 2017, KHOJ invited artists and art educators Arunkumar HG, Gigi Scaria, Rakhi Peswani and Rohini Devasher as the Peers 2017  jury.

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