The ARThinkSouthAsia (ATSA) Fellowship is designed to help develop skills, knowledge, networks and experience of potential leaders in the cultural sector of South Asia, which includes museums, the visual and performing arts and digital media.
10‐15 Fellows will be selected from across South Asia.
The deadline for submitting the Applications is 31 October, 2017
The Fellowship includes:
- A two‐week residential course in May 2018.
- A 30-days secondment/ internship in Germany/ UK/ South Asia over the year 2018‐19. Shortlisting will take place based on an application process.
- A concluding seminar in May 2019. (to be confirmed)
NOTE: The two‐week residential course in 'arts management' is aimed at arts/ culture professionals to prepare them for managerial and leadership roles in an arts/ culture organisation. The course is designed to include a balance of theory and professional training and consists of five to six modules, which include latest thinking in cultural management in areas such as strategic planning, marketing & communication, financial planning, fundraising, cultural policy, human resources, and digital media.
These modules will be led by a mix of Indian and international professional trainers and academics and will be supplemented by expert guest lectures.
ATSA 2017-18 Fellows from India
1. Anuja Arvind Ghoslakar: Founder and Artistic Director, Drama Queen
Anuja Ghosalkar is an actor, writer and director based in Bangalore and is the founder of Drama Queen. She has worked with theatre directors like Atul Kumar, Abhishek Majumdar, Kirtana Kumar and Arundhati Nag. She teaches theatre to young adults and children across Bangalore, through Jagriti and Ranga Shankara. In the past, Anuja has worked as a programme officer at India Foundation for the Arts, in film research with Rosie Thomas (University of Westminster), curating, writing and teaching cinema, in programming and managing Experimenta, a festival of moving image art. Through a Sarai grant she documented the oral narratives of her grandfather, the oldest living make-up artist in India. Recently she was an artist-in-residence at Art Lab Gnesta, Sweden where she wrote Lady Anandi.
2. Meera Krishnan: Senior Programme Coordinator – Prakriti Foundation
She has been associated with Prakriti since 2008. Prakriti is a leading art and cultural foundation in India which conducts festivals, cultural and literary events, and mentorship programs(www.prakritifoundation.com). As a senior coordinator, her role includes proposing and drawing project proposals, coordinating eight major festivals and managing digital and non-digital media communication. She is also responsible for coordinating collaborative projects with international agencies like British Council, Alliance Française, Goethe Institute and INKO. Some of my notable projects include a six-city tour of Akram Khan Dance Company’s Gnosis (2012) in collaboration with British Council and Torobaka (2015) in collaboration with British Council and Embassy of Spain.
3. Poornima Sardana: Museum Co-ordinator at Indoeuropeans India Pvt. Ltd. for "The River Civilizations Museums Project":
I am working as the Museum Project Coordinator for two upcoming museums- digital and physical. In our initial phase of strategy planning, conceptualization and content development, my role requires me to wear multiple hats. I am drawing upon my experiences from past internships in community based museums, in social impact evaluation, in dialogic public sites. I believe that museums play a significant role in public service as also international diplomacy. Having delved into Museum Studies through Fulbright Scholarship, I now have the opportunity to apply my research on rethinking museums for Indian context. My current profession allows systemic thinking, helps me avoid isolated extremism, much like the inspiration I received at the Young India Fellowship for Science and Liberal Arts. I am grateful that my role in museum education requires design thinking, a human-cantered approach. I am grateful to be participating in something that is risky but aiming at greater social good universally.
4. Preeti Goel Sanghi: Architect and Project Head- Art, Culture & Heritage at JSW Foundation
Preeti Goel Sanghi is an architect with experience in design, journalism, teaching, research, development and heritage. She has a Master’s in Sustainable Development from Staffordshire University, UK, and has worked in the development sector for over 15 years. She was associated with the journal Architecture+Design; was Director Projects at the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI); was consultant to the Vishakhapatnam Municipal Corporation and the NGO Architecture & Development. She currently teaches Allied Design at the LS Raheja College of Architecture, Mumbai and also heads as the art, culture and heritage section of the JSW Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the JSW group of companies.
5. Ragini Singh: Programme Head - Administration and Development, The Drama School Mumbai
As an artist my background is in classical Indian dance, namely Odissi. Having trained in the form and performed professionally for 13 years, I have worked with artistes internationally in the field of dance and performance. An interest in exploring interculturalism in art while pursuing my MA in Theatre and Performance at the University of London, led me to work with LoRIOca Performance - a London based intercultural performance start-up where I worked as an artist and collaborator. Thereafter, I have worked on a cross cultural collaborative project called the India Theatre Programme (an initiative of the Drama School, Mumbai) as a project coordinator. I am now employed with the Drama School, Mumbai as the Programme Head - Administration and Development for all activities run by the organisation, which includes their flagship One Year Certificate Course, workshops, events, fundraising and further development.
6. Reena Dewan: Director - ArtsAcre Foundation
Born in 1972 I carry with me twelve years of rich corporate experience in multinational as well as Indian companies. My field of expertise were Marketing and Supply chain. I am winner of Customer Delight Award at Asia Pacific level and winner of Demand Generation Award at Global level. My keen interest in Art made me switch from corporate to fine Arts and I took sabbatical to pursue education in fine Art with specialisation in Painting and Masters in Appreciation of Indian Art. After finishing my education in Art, I joined ArtsAcre which is the most Contemporary Art Museum and largest Art Centre in whole of India.
7. Tanya Nirendra Dutt: Manager, Administrator and Coordinator at Art Ichol
I choose to work within the sectors of arts & culture of India as I am proud and passionate about our heritage and take deep interest in promoting art, craft and cultural practices. As a person, I am driven to seek out, experience and understand customs and cultures around the world, by working on projects abroad and within the country and its remote tribal regions. Being people-loving, I network well and my keen interest in learning new things pushes me to reach-out to different people and appreciate the value of culture. I love what I do because I resonate with giving form to one's emotions and thoughts by expressing through art, poetry-writing, customs and other forms of creation. The exchange of ideas has always fuelled my interactions, stimulated growth and opened my approach to various things.
8. Trishla Talera: Arts / Managing Director, TIFA Working Studios
Trishla Talera is the Director of TIFA Working Studios, a platform dedicated to exploring alternate avenues for the promotion and education of contemporary art in India. A Fibers artist from SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) she has worked extensively with sustainable processes for textiles and garments, and further collaborated with various weavers' communities. She has also studied organic agro-ecology at Navdanya Bija University, Dehradun. Trishla has travelled to develop collaborations with institutions from around the world and is a part of ongoing dialogues about evolving educational formats. Her work now is mainly focused on creating benchmarks for contemporary art in Pune and introducing mentorship programs for young artists and designers. The work also aims to create a diverse community interested in cultural dialogue.