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St+Art India helps democratise art

St+Art India helps democratise art

Agostino Lacurci's mural at Govind Metro Station, photo by The Blind Eye Factory

Agostino Lacurci's mural at Govind Metro Station, photo by The Blind Eye Factory

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.

Hendrik Beikirch for St+Art Delhi, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

Hendrik Beikirch for St+Art Delhi, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

 Amitabh Kumar for St+Art Lodhi Art District, photo by Naman Saraiya

 Amitabh Kumar for St+Art Lodhi Art District, photo by Naman Saraiya

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.

www.st-artindia.org

Inkbrushnme's three-storey mural for the MG Road Metro Station, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

Inkbrushnme's three-storey mural for the MG Road Metro Station, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

'Original Aboriginal' by Reko Rennie for St+Art Lodhi Art District, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

'Original Aboriginal' by Reko Rennie for St+Art Lodhi Art District, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

'The Lotus' by Suiko, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

'The Lotus' by Suiko, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

‘Remember' by Ullas Hydoor, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

‘Remember' by Ullas Hydoor, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

'Colours of the Soul' by SENKOE for St+Art Lodhi Art District, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

'Colours of the Soul' by SENKOE for St+Art Lodhi Art District, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

Okuda San Miguel for St+Art Delhi, photo by St+Art / 'Take your rights' by Swen Simon for St+Art WIP, photo by Arjun Bhasin

Okuda San Miguel for St+Art Delhi, photo by St+Art / 'Take your rights' by Swen Simon for St+Art WIP, photo by Arjun Bhasin

Kafeel for St+Art Lodhi Art District, photo by Pranav Gohil

Kafeel for St+Art Lodhi Art District, photo by Pranav Gohil

'Vishvaroopa' by Inkbrushnme, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

'Vishvaroopa' by Inkbrushnme, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

'Temple of Graffiti' by Harsh Raman for St+Art Lodhi Art District, photo by Naman Saraiya

'Temple of Graffiti' by Harsh Raman for St+Art Lodhi Art District, photo by Naman Saraiya

'See through/See beyond' by NEVERCREW, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

'See through/See beyond' by NEVERCREW, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

Niels Shoe Meulman for St+Art Lodhi Art District, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

Niels Shoe Meulman for St+Art Lodhi Art District, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

 'Magnetic Majestic' Sameer Kulavoor's, photo by Sameer Kulavoor

 'Magnetic Majestic' Sameer Kulavoor's, photo by Sameer Kulavoor

'Naavu Idhevi - We Exist’ by Aravani Art Project for St+Art Bengaluru, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

'Naavu Idhevi - We Exist’ by Aravani Art Project for St+Art Bengaluru, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

'Harvest Moon' by Anpu Varkey, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

'Harvest Moon' by Anpu Varkey, photo by Akshat Nauriyal

Neha Kapil reimagines classical European art with Indian mythology

Neha Kapil reimagines classical European art with Indian mythology

Happy Diwali from Bound

Happy Diwali from Bound