Kriti Gallery, Varanasi, India
Kriti Gallery provides a space and a platform for artists to engage with local communities and their culture.
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The residency provides five private studios including accommodation, with shared common dining space and garden.
Artists can engage in joint activities such as city walks, local events and Sunday cooking. Over the past 10 years, Kriti have hosted around 112 artists from all over the world working in different media.
Kriti Gallery is most interested in artists who are eager to interact with Indian culture and life.
The Kriti staff have close links with local artists, craft communities and institutions in Varanasi; they are happy to share their network and enable collaborations with local educational institutions for workshops and art talks. Artists can hold open studios on site.
The residency is located in the city of Varanasi, about 3km from the Ganges and narrow alleyways of the ghats, and provides a green tranquil space to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Food is provided, including vegetarian cooked lunches and dinners from Monday-Saturday. Residency directors Navneet, Petra and their two dogs live on the campus.
Kriti is strict vegetarian; artists will need to be willing to follow a vegetarian diet for the residency period.
Note that Wi-Fi and electricity are unreliable and not available 24 hours a day. Artists who rely heavily on either for their work should not apply for this residency.
- This residency is for people working in the visual arts, craft
- Dates: The artist can choose any period to attend the residency apart from June and July
- Grant: $5000 (grant reduced as the residency host provides food)
How to apply
2018 artist in residence
Elliot Collins is a text-based artist who works across multiple disciplines to generate artwork that plays with ideas of memory, trace, memorial and invisibility. He incorporates photography, sculpture, poetry and installation within his practice.
While on residency at Kriti Gallery, Elliot hopes to engage with local life and experience daily rituals as he continues to reflectively make work in response to his surroundings. He will research and document memory traces and marks of palimpsest that endure in Varanasi as well as stories and histories of the local area. Elliot will involve artisans and makers in the local community to produce work that draws from the dramatic and stimulating environment of this unique city.
Previous artists in residence
2018, Elliot Colins - Home again, the perspective of distance
2018, Elliot Collins - What gold smells like - an artist's impressions of varanasi, India
2017, Natalie Guy - Artist fuses NZ modernism and Indian handcraft on Varanasi residency