Emami Art Kolkata Centre for Creativity’s director Richa Agarwal spoke to us about her future vision, her perception of art and her challenges through the past year
The exhibition space at Kolkata Centre for Creativity.
How has the Kolkata Centre for Creativity changed your perception of art in India?
Kolkata Centre for Creativity has not changed my perception but introduced me a new world of possibilities. We have become more appreciative of the exposure and experience that every individual has within themselves. Many forms of art have come together under one roof and we are embracing it all.
The Kolkata Centre for Creativity, Library.
From organising many events to presenting artists at the India Art Fair, what artistic trends have you seen emerge over the past year?
In my opinion, art has moved from an elitist platform to a place of popularity. One can see the increase in inclusivity and accessibility in every art form, be it visual arts or performing arts and crafts, both traditional and contemporary forms.
Which shows or events stood out for you over this past year?
My Kolkata in Kolkata (a photography exhibition in conjunction with West Bengal Tourism) was very exciting because it was inclusive. The idea was to stir conversation in the city and titillate the minds of those who want to be connected with creativity.
The Kolkata Centre for Creativity.
What are some of the challenges you faced while trying to bring your vision of the space together?
It has been extremely exciting first year. We have learnt from every programme and are still learning along the way. Every challenge is a window of opportunity. I can easily say that anything is achievable with honest intentions and hard work.
How would you now envision the trajectory of Emami Art Kolkata Centre for Creativity?
Kolkata Centre for Creativity is a diverse yet an inclusive space. Our vision is to make it more accessible through our programming module including membership programmes, workshops and courses. Collaborations will play a key role and we are looking at a much wider audience participation to be a part of this creative process.
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