St+art India is a group of creative souls who hold the belief dear that art should be out there for everyone to enjoy, it’s not a guarded property of the elite. Democratising art, beautifying corners and bringing blind spots out in the spotlight, St+art has a made a mark in the heart of both Delhi (literally!) and Delhiites. Read on!
'Art for Everyone' is the main drive behind the St+art India Foundation. The culture of art, in the past, has been restricted to the insides of galleries, museums and historical buildings. A worldwide movement has begun bringing art into the public realm and with this in mind, St+art India hopes to make art more accessible for the general public.
Artists do not need a reason to be creative - you just need to give them a canvas and their work speaks for them! Artists have always been great at joining in with all four editions. Naturally, the festival has gained momentum over the editions and artists have come in greater numbers, from India and further afield.
The urban landscape is very different between Delhi and Bombay. The roads in Mumbai have more pedestrian traffic which increases the interaction with art. Delhi is not as pedestrian-friendly, and therefore the response to street art is slightly less in comparison. Obviously both cities have their pros and cons with Bandra in Bombay definitely home to a more responsive and appreciative of art audience whereas Delhi is more spacious.
The journey from Shahpur Jat to Lodhi Colony has been an exciting and interesting one. Since the founding of St+art, there has been an increase in groups painting on the streets. Previously, graffiti artists were just tagging, but now New Delhi is home to legitimate street art. DSA and DelhiIlLoveYou have both been active and this kind of activity is only going to pick up momentum as more and more groups do projects on the streets.
Delhi is a fast paced capital city with great diversity and huge expanses. This multicultural hub which we live in is the perfect place to accept the new approach to public spaces through art.
We couldn’t possibly say we have any favourites, they are all brilliant and engaging in their own way. However a few have made left their mark within India:
Art is a very powerful medium. Through works such as Olek’s crochet night shelter, art brought the audiences attention to the blind spots of the city. In this edition, St+art India Foundation is setting an example and achieving a sense of pride for the local community. Through these bigger-than-life murals, and the Lodhi Art District, people shall feel proud of their home and shall instinctively want be be part of the effort to clean up our city!
Opportunities for public art are always coming to our door and we hope to pursue this as long as there is a wall/container/space to work with. Art is for everyone and provokes a reaction as well as gives an area a further identity. Our aim is to continue in the same way!
Wow! These guys are really doing such inspirational work - hoping for more and more dazzling displays St+art!
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