Workshops and Seminars


Through the wide spectrum of exhibitions, seminars and workshops, the Visual Arts Gallery has made regular endeavours to disseminate the understanding of arts and aesthetics. Similarly, in the year 2012 and 2013, the Visual Arts Gallery conducted three workshops: Contemporary Visual Arts Writing and Criticism, Materiality of Surface, and How to Look at Contemporary Art. Apart from its regular monthly-workshops, these special workshops encouraged aesthetic sensibility along with insightful learning. The delightful palette of engaging sessions explored the issues like what makes an art work, how does one look at a work of art and representation and interpretation of an art work. The details of the workshops are as followed:

Contemporary Visual Arts Writing and Criticism

The two-day workshop Contemporary Visual Arts Writing and Criticism at the Open Palm Court Conference Room was introduced by Dr. Alka Pande and conducted by Dr. Grant Pooke. The workshop aimed to provide students with an introduction to perspectives and approaches to writing about contemporary art; to discuss how to analyse a work of art, comparing different types of art and to juxtapose works from a range of contexts, including contemporary art examples from Europe, US and India; to introduce students to some of the practical requirements and the processes authoring gallery evaluations and reviews for journalistic publication. The workshop introduced the students to the formalist-based perspectives developed by Clement Greenberg in his book ‘Modernist Painting’ (1960). The workshop as a part of the exhibition titled Critical Narratives in Colour and Form at the Visual Arts Gallery introduced the students to the works exhibited to explore the ideas developed in the workshop. It was followed by the discussion with Angus Pryor, the exhibition’s curator and one of the practitioners whose work was on display.

29th - 30th November 2012
Palm Court Conference Room, India Habitat Centre

Materiality of Surface

The workshop Materiality of Surface at the Experimental Art Gallery 29 November - December 2 2012 on the art of paper cutting was conducted by Tanya Hastings Gill. The workshop was a part of the exhibition titled Temporal / Eternal at the Experimental Art Gallery by Tanya Hastings Gill.

The Materiality of Surface introduced the history and techniques of paper cutting through slide presentations, demonstrations and hands on creating. The workshop aimed to furnish the skills of the students, who need to create cut-paper art works independently. Tanya Hastings Gill is an internationally acclaimed professional artist and a pioneer in utilizing the medium of cut-paper in contemporary art. She exhibits her cut-paper art works across the globe. Gill has extensive experience teaching at renowned Art institutes in the USA. She is currently in New Delhi through the prestigious Fulbright-Nehru grant to further her research on cut-paper.

29th November - 2nd December 2012
Experimental Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre

How to Look at Contemporary Art

This two-day seminar introduced and explored a range of contemporary art forms for examples: installation, performance, painting, sculpture and mixed media interventions. What questions, issues and approaches might help us to engage in a critical, meaningful and enjoyable way with the contemporary art and curatorial practice we see all around us? How can we get the most out of differing contexts (and cultures), of display and presentation? A case-study visit to an exhibition of contemporary art in New Delhi will take place on the morning of the second day. The workshop was conducted by Dr. Grant Pooke. Dr. Pooke teaches at the University of Kent, UK. He is the co-author of Understand Contemporary Art (Hodder 2010) and the author of Contemporary British Art: An Introduction (Routledge 2010).

28th - 29th November 2013
Palm Court Conference Room, India Habitat Centre