The idea of artist residencies is not a new one; it is ever evolving, with a basic aim to be a catalyst for artists’ ability to move across the world. Residencies create opportunities for artists to develop a deeper understanding of themselves within the context of their practice, as well as giving insights into the different backgrounds and artistic processes of their fellow artists. Playing the role of facilitator, artist residencies have become intrinsic to many artists’ careers. However, at this juncture, India has a dearth of such programmes when it comes to a younger, more inexperienced artist seeking to find his or her place in the art world.
Dharti was born of the desire to help bridge this gap. It aims to provide young artists with the time, space and resources to work on areas of their practice so as to be more reflective about their work in relation to a larger community and context, in a process-driven format. Further, it provides opportunities for them to interact and network with other artists, cultural practitioners, and engage with the professional possibilities of the art world.