Shrishti Art Gallery Launches a Large Online Art Exhibition to Contribute to COVID-19 Relief Efforts7 months ago Saritha Keshamoni
Shrishti Art Gallery is launching an online exhibition with 90+ artists and 130+ artworks
● 50 percent of the sale proceeds will be donated to underprivileged artists and artisans who are in dire financial needs
● Shrishti Art Gallery has partnered with the American India Foundation and Mantra Capital to support the artists and artisans who are deeply impacted by this pandemic
Shrishti Art Gallery, one of the oldest galleries in Hyderabad showcasing Indian Contemporary Art, today announced the launch of an online art exhibition, a unique fundraising effort in partnership with the American India Foundation Trust (AIF), a 20 year non-profit organization working on health, education, and livelihoods of underprivileged communities in India and Mantra Capital, an early-stage Venture capital focussed on investing in Human Good. The organizations have joined hands to address the crisis faced by the artists and artisans due to COVID-19.
The virtual exhibition will feature modern and contemporary artworks from more than 90 artists to support this cause, and will be open for sale from May 7, 2020 till May 10, 2020 at www.donate-shrishtiart.com. Patrons can view the work on the website and buy the work on the website itself.
50 percent proceeds from the sale will be donated to AIF to support artists and artisans who are in dire financial needs due to the COVID-19 crisis. Shrishti Art Gallery along with AIF will constitute a five member jury from different parts of the country to help determine the distribution of money to the artists based on need.
Lakshmi Nambiar, the gallery director and curator of Shrishti Art Gallery said “As communities across the country continue to crusade against this deadly virus, a vast section of artists and artisans have lost all avenues of income in this uncertain future. Hence we have planned a large online exhibition of artworks to play a responsible role in supporting the most affected to rebuild their lives during this challenging time. We are deeply grateful to all the artists who generously contributed to this special endeavour.”
Talking about the title of the exhibition ‘Introspection’ Lakshmi added “The lockdown forced billions of people to operate out of their comfort zone. While the struggles of many are indeed monumental, at the same time the forced lockdown also gave us the time to slow down. It gave us time to self- reflect and re-prioritize the things that matter. Art provides the perfect platform to introspect and look inwards to make the change that we would like to see in our world.”
The exhibition will be complemented by webinars ‘Startups Post Pandemic’ by Jay Krishnan, General Partner, Mantra Capital on the 8th of May at 5 PM, and ‘Mindfulness’ by Sarvesh Shashi, founder of SARVA Yoga on the 9th of May at 5 PM. The art fundraiser resonates with Mantra Capital’s ethos of human good enabling this global cross-border venture fund and its portfolio company SARVA to support and contribute to initiatives like this.
About Shrishti Art Gallery
Established in 2002, Shrishti Art gallery is one of the leading art galleries in India showcasing Indian contemporary art. The word “Shrishti” denotes creation. The Gallery showcases not only eminent Indian Contemporary artists, but also forms a creative space for upcoming artists. Over the last eighteen years, Shrishti has mounted more than 200 art exhibitions in India and abroad including paintings, sculptures, graphics, drawings and new media. We offer advisory solutions to individuals, architects, interior designers and corporates to discover and collect artworks. We not only help you invest in art and build your collection but also in decorating your homes and offices. Shrishti Art Gallery is located in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. Visit us at www.shrishtiart.com
About American Indian Foundation:
The American India Foundation is a non-profit American organization that is devoted to accelerating social and economic change in India. The AIF has partnered with 227 of India’s NGOs to build a trusted network for implementation, scale, and sustainability while raising over $125 million since its inception. It is one of the largest secular, non-partisan American organizations supporting development work in India.
About Mantra Capital:
Mantra Capital is a cross-border venture builder, founded by a team of entrepreneurs with prolific experience in building fast-scaling businesses. The fund will back technology-powered startups working for human good with particular interest in agriculture, education, transportation, logistics, healthcare and energy sectors to address potential markets in India, as well as globally. Mantra’s experience, networks, mentoring and resources across the globe will help scale the startups towards series A faster.