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Research visit & knowledge share @ Mumbai, India

Over two weeks in October 2011 rednile and AirSpace artists were based at the Chatterjee & Lal in Colaba Mumbai, this area is a hub of commercial art spaces and during the visit we conducted 10 interviews with directors and founders of Art Galleries, visited the only museum in Mumbai the Dr, Bhau Daji Lad City Museum, the 5* Taj Hotel art collection and attended a video exchange at the New Clark House space. Alongside this we delivered an experimental Factory Night in partnership with Chatterjee & Lal at a unique non art venue; the iconic Slip Disc Discotheque (now Voodoo bar) in Mumbai.

AIMS

The arts in the UK are heavily funded by public money; the purpose of this visit was to investigate how the arts in Mumbai operate and sustain themselves and to compare any findings to the current UK model. We aimed for this process to share any knowledge and understanding of working in the UK with the partner organisations. We anticipated that the outcome of this research would enable rednile Projects and AirSpace Gallery to adopt new models of practice back in the UK, to develop new funding streams and sustain future projects in an international context.

In addition to this research we intended on initiating a Factory Night Event in Mumbai in partnership with a number of Indian artists and organisations to test out how this highly successful UK project translates to a new art scene and in an international context.

ABOUT

Chatterjee & Lal is a commercial Gallery based in Mumbai with a commitment to promoting artist practices that are challenging and engaging. AirSpace gallery is a Contemporary Art Gallery in the UK. This project is made possible with support from The British Council, Arts Council England and Staffordshire University.

www.airspacegallery.org   www.chatterjeeandlal.com
For full research publication click here