For many years, India’s walls have told beautiful stories of culture, mythology, and heritage. Some of our traditions still include drawing designs to invite good luck and prosperity to our homes. From Rangolis in from of our doors to painting walls before any auspicious occasions, our wall paintings have told beautiful stories for years. India’s street art story is not a new one! And then, with the growth of concrete jungles, the stories were lost. In the monotones of concrete and mortar, the walls stopped being canvases of art and became lifeless structures.
Art, as we now know it, is largely restricted to expensive galleries for the elite, and high profile art shows. However, it is now changing one colony or roadside at a time. Many like-minded artists expressed their channelized dissent by doing some individual work towards liberating art and making art accessible to everyone.They found themselves together and created the St+art foundation in 2014.
The St+Art team operates from festival to festival. During every festival, they bring together acclaimed artists, to transform ordinary spaces to magical. One of their first projects was in the year 2015 at the Lodhi Public Art District, Delhi, where over 28 artists participated. This project was a huge success, and it revamped the face of the neighborhood.
The organization has since then received incredible support from government authorities, and recently they were invited by the government of Telangana to install art in public spaces. Their primary sponsor is Asian Paints.
Art is for everyone!
St+art’s project general manager, Revantika Gupta says, “Our main motto is to make art public. To bring art closer to people. And when we create art in walls and public spaces, it makes the art interactive.” In a certain sense, the passersby, the viewers, the tourists, all become a part of the art.
Some of the famous artwork
Till now, St+Art have held street art festivals in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Hyderabad. Every year, St+art hosts curated tours to showcase the artwork done by them in that year. These curated tours are an opportunity for aficionados to interact with the organizers, to understand all the activities that happen behind the scenes. It also gives the organizers a chance to talk to people, to interact, and answer questions.
So what are you waiting for?
Here are the details:
- Registration link
- St+art Delhi Curated walks Facebook event page link
- St+art Bangalore Curated walks Facebook event page link
- St+art Hyderabad Curated walks Facebook page link
All images sourced from St+art.
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