Flea markets celebrate authenticity, the unique and the sustainable because happiness is handmade. With the outbreak of the pandemic, artists and artisans have been immensely put down as the world came to an unexpected halt in buying their products. But we figured out that need not be the case.
In a serious attempt to keep up the flea market vibe with all its vibrancy and culture, One Page Spotlight has launched its first ever virtual art exhibition called Art Nirbhar Bazaar 2020. This event celebrates and supports local artisans and their artworks. In the light of this exciting initiative, we decided to invite some of the industry’s finest artists for a panel discussion on how artists can convert their artwork into products. The topic of discussion was ‘Art to Cart’.
Conducted by Uzzwal Madhab, Head of Content and Curation at One Page Spotlight, the panel discussion saw guests from diverse backgrounds with a strong repertoire of work and 30 participants who came forward to attend the panel discussion.
The panelists are reputed artists who have been both inspirational and impactful over the years. The first woman IPS Officer from Karnataka, Dr. Jija Hari Singh remained in service for 36 years before retirement in 2011 .She is currently the President of the Institute of Directors, Bangalore Chapter and the Honorary President of The Art Mantram Foundation, a non-profit trust that promotes Indian art.
Kapil Kapoor is a Curator at Navrathan Art Gallery in Bangalore and is one of the leading sculpture designers in India. Sanchit Govil is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of lal10, a company that aims to revive sustainable art.
A self-taught artist from Mumbai, Jai Ranjit has dedicated almost a decade to art. Experimenting with different genres and styles in the art space, he now teaches art to enthusiasts.
Poorvi Sulatnia is a young artist pursuing her Masters Degree in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, at MSU Baroda. She is currently a Summer Resident at Space Studio, Baroda.
The virtual discussion saw artists sharing their thoughts on topics that are the need of the hour. From speaking about how artists must evaluate their artworks to throwing light on local artisans getting their due recognition, the discussion provided strong answers and thoughts by both the panelists and participants present.
The first round of discussion was about the art landscape currently where guests present discussed the way forward. Panelists in the second round discussed many aspects like the various possibilities that artists could pay heed to, preparing themselves for exhibitions as well as putting the right price for their artworks. The final round formed the most significant part of the discussion where the future of artworks on a digital platform was explored. Artists must use social media platforms as a tool to showcase their portfolio to garner more attention.
This is just a highlight of the discussion. To know more about it, watch the complete discussion below.