SAF is an arts and cultural development Foundation created to encourage and support the arts as a significant contributor to civil society. It aims to promote new creative strategies, artistic interventions, and cultural partnerships that are responsive and seek to address the social, cultural and environmental milieu of South Asia. Committed to innovation, SAF intends to promote and create platforms creativity, providing the wider public with a unique source of contemporary art and culture. SAF programmes are designed and initiated through collaborations with partners across a multitude of fields, each intervention created using the arts to impact education, create social initiatives, foster community development, and explore both interdisciplinarity and multidisciplinarity in the arts, with a special focus on South Asia.
Believing that creativity thrives in the right company, we at SAF strive to work alongside and in collaboration with existing and upcoming organisations, institutions, and talent, to design and support innovative programmes in the arts. Each programme is conceptualized and designed to continually create new opportunities and platforms for the arts, keeping the spirit of collaboration as its basis.
Preservation of art allows for both its continuance and evolution, while simultaneously making us question our beliefs and ideas about what art represents for culture, and what it says about us as a people. In order to understand the world we find ourselves in, it is therefore an imperative for us to become historians and documenters of our past.
Our belief is that engagement with the arts is essential not only as a tool to facilitiate critical engagement with others, but equally importantly, as a means to better understand oneself. Crucial to this process is the intellectually driven approach of actively conceptualizing, applying and evaluating information. At SAF, we aim to explore such processes of critical thinking in cultural and educational contexts.
While the core of all projects at SAF is community development, we believe in focused programmes that address our cultural heritage and artistic traditions, specifically in South Asia. Through research and collaborations, it is our aim to create a platform for a range of community-led artistic practices that have the potential to develop into a more complex and critical understanding of our socio-cultural environment.