Public Art at the India Habitat Centre
The Habitat Centre situated in the heart Lutyens Delhi has over the years become a key space of artistic dialogue and provides a spectacular space for showcasing some of the best works of Indian Art.
We are now opening our outdoor spaces for showing art which is not part of the mainstream of commercial art practices. The Visual Arts Gallery is starting yet another initiative by opening up its spaces. Public art outdoor, interactive art on walls surfaces and process based art in the Experimental art Gallery is the second paradigm shift in our policy. We invite individual artists and cultural institutions to collaborate with us.
Public ArtPublic art is one of the most significant aspect within the art world, not just amongst curators, commissioning bodies, collaborations but also with the audience. In Delhi as well as in most parts of India, public art is still marginalized by the fine art community. Some of the contributing factors are lack of education, public art criticism and evaluation. Unless the work comes to a some kind of controversy, it seldom comes to attention towards the media coverage. This form of expression brings about community values, enhances our environment and heightens our awareness – an art which is a form of a community expression. It is a reflection of how we see the world and the response of the artist in the time and place where we are in. In many countries artists who are commissioned to make public art end up practising in public. In art schools, studio artists end up honing their skills within the safety of their private studios. This is different from public art where most public artists learn from their mistakes since the audience is watching them every step of the way.
ApplicationsWe at the India Habitat Centre have encouraged the arts since the time of its foundation was laid. Proudly standing tall are some of the displays of Ram Kinker Baij, KS Radhakrishnan, Ray Meeker to name a few. We welcome artists in any stream to send us their proposal to showcase their works at our 3 available outdoor spaces, namely the atrium, side entrance as well as next to the amphitheatre. (Please refer to the photographs) Public art offers an articulation of the historic, cultural, economic, and cultural context of the outdoor spaces; a commitment to the reinforcement and enhancement of the community's identity. We welcome sculptures, installations, new media to explore our spaces. Please note the terms and conditions before applying:
Open spaces for India Habitat Centre
Dr Alka Pande,
Consultant, Art Advisor and Curator,
Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003.
+91-011-41504521 and +91-011-43662025/24