12 AM - 11:59 PM, Jun 30 (2022) (Asia/Calcutta)

Open Call: A Touring Exhibition

Craft and Community Development Foundation invites collaboration requests for
A Touring Exhibition
Under its successful initiative The Gondwana Art Project
Through this open call, we invite galleries, museums and open exhibition spaces as well as
independent curators to work in collaboration with us to create a touring exhibition of a selection
of artisans and their artworks. We are currently looking at collaborating with such spaces in
Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.
Duration of the exhibition: Up to 6 months
Last date to apply: June 30th , 2022
Who can apply: The call invites proposals from practitioners and/or arts programme coordinators
working within as well as across disciplines. These could include:
- Galleries
- Museums
- Exhibition spaces outside of the gallery context
- Independent curators engaged in interdisciplinary work who would like to create and curate
an out-of-the-box exhibition while working with young audiences to create awareness of the
Indian folk art practices.
Folk and Tribal Art forms are inevitably an expression of folk tales, dance forms, rituals and
traditions. The Gondwana Art Project focuses on art forms from the central part of India – Gond, Bhil,
Warli, Mithila, Sohrai, Paitkar, Kohvar and Pattchitra. Each of these are traditional art forms practised
since time immemorial, yet they have not been at the centre stage of the art world. In some cases the
art is languishing and needs continued support. Through their paintings these traditional artists tell
stories of their folklore and daily lives. These could include tales from mythology rendered in the
complex geometrical patterns and textures of Gond paintings, or a celebration of nature through the
lush dotted technique in Bhil paintings and illustrations. The art object is sometimes sacred, crucial
for rituals, and worship. The diversity of mediums is astounding and spans a broad spectrum of
material, ranging from the humble rice paste in Warli paintings to the dazzling rustic features of the
Sohrai Art.

Under The Gondwana Art Project, many of these centuries old art traditions have reinvented
themselves with contemporary times. As tribal and folk artists gather international acclaim and enter
the world of high art, it is imperative that we do away with restricting them within the boundaries of
folk or tribal, and experience them instead as storytellers of the living art traditions of India.