6th December 2008
Dear Sri Paduranga Shetty,
Sub: Proposal for using the ADA premises for the Art Activities of Samuha – Artists’ Initiative.
We are a collective of 23 practicing artists and would like to propose to your organization, the community art project that we plan to execute in Bangalore.
This project will involve artists of various disciplines including painting, sculpture, new media arts and performance arts. We intend to hire a gallery space for the duration of a year. Artists of our collective would use this space to exhibit their own work as well as curate work of art students and junior artists. There will be a minimum of 23 exhibitions in the time span of 400 days. Additionally we will invite guest speakers and performance artists to present their work.
Suresh Kumar G, who initiated this project, has been in dialog with artists, art critics, gallery owners and curators in Bangalore over the last month. The art community at large has expressed the necessity of artist driven initiatives of this nature. Being the premier Art Institution in this city, we hope that ADA Rangamandira will lend its support to us.
The ADA premises will be ideal for this project. Not only is it centrally located and a reputed institution for the arts, but also has a vibrant connection with the city’s’ residents. If given a space on your premises, we would use it not just for exhibitions, but also for talks and lectures by eminent guest artists, critics and collectors.
Being an unfunded, small collective comprising of both senior and junior artists, we have a limited budget. We would be delighted if ADA would encourage and support this endeavor by hosting us, for a modest monthly rental fee. At the outset we would like to assure the committee that if granted the space, no damage or misuse of the premises would occur. In fact, we will be happy to take over the repairs and basic fittings work at our own expense.
In closing, we hope that you and your esteemed institution will partner with us in creating a thriving and vibrant art community in Bangalore.
Suresh Kumar G & Archana Prasad
[On Behalf of Samuha]
Smt. Vimala Rangachar, Secretary, ADA
Sri. M. V. Narayan Rao, Committee Member, ADA
Intended Use of the Gallery Space
The members in the collective are visual artists engaged with various art practices from painting, sculpture, installation and performance art to new media art (video, photo, film, sound and digital arts). The members would use the space in innovative and unrestricted ways to best display their work. In some instances this might lead to minor changes to the walls. However, any damage that occurs to the gallery (drill marks, paint stains, nail marks, etc) will be repaired by the collective after each show.
The gallery will be equally shared by the 23 artists who are members of this collective. Each member will have the use of the gallery for 17 days in which to curate or display work of their choice. This period includes the time for putting up and bringing down their exhibits.
In essence this means that every 17th day the gallery will have a formal exhibition opening. The art community as well as art students and faculty will be invited to these events. The collective also has a very comprehensive mailing list, and we expect, at the very least, 60 to 100 people attending each of these events. We hope to keep the gallery open till 8 pm to allow working people to access the shows.
We are more than happy to discuss the details of the use of the premises in terms working hours and management issues so that both with the ADA committee so that both your organization and ours are comfortable with the outcome.
LIST OF MEMBERS
[Arranged in alphabetical order]
Bhartesh B Yadav
Ramesh M. C.
M. S. Umesh
Nanhaiah & Group
S. G. Vasudev
Suresh Kumar G.