Making art accessible to all: St+art Delhi 2019 celebrates diversity, cultures, and inclusivity

New Delhi: For the past 6 years, St+art India Foundation has organised 11 St+art festivals and numerous public art projects in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Goa, Kolkata and Chandigarh creating iconic landmarks within these cities.

Since its inception in 2014, the St+art has worked towards its vision of making art accessible to everyone through transforming public spaces and creating open-air public art galleries, which not only ignite conversation but also increase community pride and interaction.

Supported by Asian Paints, this year, St+art Delhi 2019, will include, an expansion of the flagship project – The Lodhi Art District with an addition of more than 20 new murals; an immersive art exhibition – F(r)iction at KONAthat will represent the discourse on the changing nature of the relationship between Art, Nature and Technology at Jor Bagh; and a special focus on increasing community participation at Lodhi Colony and surrounding areas. 

The festival will see participation from over 30 creators including artists, musicians, chefs and performers, and will run for 6 weeks until mid-March. A true celebration of diversity, cultures and inclusivity, making art accessible to all.

The murals first began in 2015 with an aim to promote accessibility of art by creating art in public places. Since December 2015, over 35 street artists from India and around the world have been working to reinvigorate the iconic Lodhi Colony area of Delhi in partnership along with Asian Paints.

This year, in addition to the murals, there will be curated programs tailored around the Lodhi Colony to engage them in the project. 

So far, St+art has transformed the walls between Khanna market and Meherchand Market into a public art gallery, made possible with support from the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and Swachh Bharat mission. 

Speaking of this shared vision, Amit Syngle, COO, Asian Paints Limited, said, “Delhi is known for its rich history and heritage. Through St+art festival, we are continuing to create the country’s first public art space, Lodhi Art District. Asian Paints feels elated to support St+art India Foundation and the national and international artists as they set out to paint the art district of Lodhi in unique colours and concepts. This year we are excited to take St+art Delhi 2019 to the next level by increasing community participation at Lodhi Colony and the surrounding areas”

St+art team says, “It has been our endeavour to increase awareness and initiate public discourse on the benefits of public art and encourage creative expression. This year we have built the festival with the Lodhi community at its core, The LodhiArt District, as India’s first Public Art District,  provides an example of how art can be made democrative, accessible, inclusive, uplift communities and above all, celebrate diversity. We are encouraged by the continuing support of our partners and the Government, to not only expand the Lodhi Art District, but also manifest other public art disctricts across India.”