St+Art India helps democratise art
St+Art India is a non-profit organisation that works on art projects in public spaces. Started by Akshat Nauriyal, Arjun Bahl, Giulia Ambrogi, Hanif Kureshi and Thanish Thomas, their aim is to “make art accessible to a wider audience by taking it out of the conventional gallery space and embedding it within the cities we live in – making art truly democratic and for everyone.”
Now being known as the biggest street art festival to happen in India to date, St+Art brings together a range of street artists locally and internationally to create murals that inject colour and life into areas that have been neglected. The murals then remain as a permanent installation allowing people to connect to art on a daily basis and transforming the landscape visually through positive messaging and themes.
St+Art has already successfully completed two editions earlier this year including setting up the first ever public art district in Lodhi Colony in Delhi, followed by WIP – The Street Art Show where the largest dry port in Asia was transformed into a walk-through installation using 100 shipping containers. For the past month, St+Art has been In Bengaluru where 12 prolific Indian urban artists along with 4 influential international artists have been busily interpreting the city.
Beginning tomorrow, and adding to it’s profile, St+Art will be launching in Hyderabad. Here, the festival will work towards realising four projects including the regeneration of the Makhta neighbourhood, a public wall project with ten local Telangana based artists, Artvertising – an anti-consumerist approach by advertising hoardings for art and ‘I Love HYD’ a Type based Installation. The festival will also include various workshops, documentary screenings, discussions and guided tours. Artists taking part are Alber, Artez, Daku, Daan Botlek, Dia Mehta Bhupal, Jean Luc Feugeas, Neelim Mahanta, Nikola Mihajlovic, Remed, Nilesh and Swathi & Vijay.