Proposal to BBMP Freedom Park

The Curator
Freedom Park
Sheshadri Road
Bangalore - 560001

24th March 2009

Dear Sir,

Sub: Proposal for using the Freedom Park Art Gallery/Multimedia Gallery/Film Theater and Hospital Ward premises for the Art Activities of Samuha – Bangalore Artists’ Initiative.

We are a collective of 27 practicing Bangalore artists and would like to propose to your organization, the community art project that we plan to execute in Bangalore.

This project involves artists of various disciplines including painting, sculpture, new media arts and performance arts. We intend to use the gallery space for a specific duration. Artists of our collective would use this space to exhibit their own work as well as curate work of art students, junior artists and fellow artists. There will be a minimum of 25 exhibitions in the time span of 486 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 few months. The art community at large has expressed the necessity of artist driven initiatives of this nature. We have also been in close communication with under-privileged public communities who we feel have no real access to contemporary art created by Bangalore artists. BBMP being a one-of-a-kind and prestigious exemplary public facility for Bangalore, we hope and trust that through the Freedom Park your organization will lend its support and encouragement to us.

The Freedom park premises will be ideal for this project. Not only is it centrally located and with a deep connection to the city’s historical spaces, it also has the agenda to create 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 public interactions through talks, film-screenings and lectures by eminent guest artists, critics, writers and film-makers.

Being an unfunded, small collective comprising of both senior and junior artists, we have a limited budget. We would be delighted if BBMP Freedom Park will encourage and support this endeavor by hosting us. At the outset we would like to assure your office 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 that is easily accessible to the public in Bangalore.

Thanking you, 

Suresh Kumar G, Archana Prasad
 & Shivaprasad S
[On Behalf of Samuha]

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.

The gallery will be equally shared by the 27 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 public visitors of BBMP Freedom Park as well as students of Bangalore will be invited to these events. The collective has a very comprehensive mailing list including electronic media and print media whom we shall invite to each of these shows. 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 BBMP Freedom Park authorities and ours are comfortable with the outcome.

[Arranged in alphabetical order]

Anita N
Anthony Roche
Archana Prasad
Ayesha Abraham
Bhartesh D Yadav
Christof Strorz
Martha Jakimowicz
M. C. Ramesh
M. S. Umesh
Nani & Co.
Prakash L
Prayas Abhinav
Raghavendra Rao
S. G. Vasudev
Shai Heredia
Sheila Gowda
Shivprasad S
Smitha Cariappa
Surekha N
Suresh Kumar G
Uma Chandru
Veena Shekar

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