Exhibiting in group shows for 2 years
Have a solo exhibition
Produce 30 sculptures in 2 years
My immediate peers and contacts I've made in London
Stay in touch with persons I've interned with and London contacts
Meet gallerists/curators in India and start contacting pre-existing and new contacts for solo show
Home studio and have a pre-existing sculptors studio I can use in India
Same as first year
Find a space to rent and build studio space
Upcoming exhibitions in London
Give talks in schools, clay sculpting classes and participate in group shows
Have a solo show in New Delhi and Mumbai, India
Clay sculpting classes and talks in schools
Clay sculpting classes and talks in schools
Money from selling sculptures
Post the end of my course, I’ve narrowed down my future plans as a Sculptor with the following-
Post my course, I have decided to build a studio in my garden in New Delhi, India. I have already contacted the persons required to build the structure and over the Easter Break, I had long fruitful discussions with them. I hope to set up the same within a period of two years. Previous to the course, I was working at the studio of a well established Sculptor in India, K.S.Radhakrishnan, who has very kindly permitted me to continue using his space incase I am in need of heavy machinery such as welding, cutting etc. I am hoping in a few years time to build a studio of my own or at least rent a space until I can afford one myself.
Having applied to a few exhibitions and awards this year in London, I was lucky enough to have been selected to be a part of the Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition at Mall Galleries that is taking place in July 2019. I have also been shortlisted for the Society of Wildlife Artists Exhibition and the Society of Women Artists Exhibition. For the past Year, I have been holding monthly clay sculpting workshops for children at my current place of residence, Goodenough College, London. I hope to continue holding workshops and give inspirational talks on art as a career choice for children and adults once home in India. I know a few people who have shown keen interest in this and are willing to compensate me for my time and energy. I do hope to stay in touch with my classmates and remain an active member of our class initiative, ‘Uncovered Collective’ where I hope to send across my art from India to be exhibited in group exhibitions held in London. I shall also keep applying for various shows, awards, exhibitions etc that happen all over the world and sending across my works if I am lucky enough to get selected. I will also be looking at a number of group exhibitions, awards back home in India and hope to continue giving talks on Art at various schools across India as I did in the year before I came to London. My long term plan of three years is to hold solo shows in the states of Delhi and Mumbai, India where I have already spoken to curators and booked the spaces required for the my solo exhibitions.
The love for Art is still nascent in my home country but is picking up rapidly. Having held sculpting classes for children in London, I feel more confident in my teaching skills and hope to continue holding classes back home for children and adults. As stated above, I already have a few people who are interested and willing to pay me for my expertise. I hope to make this a weekly class for people of all ages. I will be holding these classes in my lawn itself to help me save costs and buying materials in bulk from wholesale markets that I frequent in Delhi. I have also contacted schools across India to give talks on the importance of Fine Arts and how it is a feasible career option for young aspiring artists. Both these projects should help me monetarily to keep producing artwork. I already have a few potential customers who are very keen to purchase some of my work. My family is extremely supportive of my career choice and I am sure that they will also help me if need be to tide over tough times if the do come across my way. I hope to continue down this path along with selling artworks from time to time as well. If I do struggle initially with selling my work, I plan on manufacturing hand made pottery works on a commercial scale so that I have a constant income stream. I am very confident that I will manage to launch my career as a sculptor and manage to sustain myself by selling art.
As stated above, I have ambitious goals for the coming years. Time management is the key if I am able to turn it into a reality. This course has already helped me chart forte within the arts that is the preservation of the environment and conservation of wildlife. Continuing on within this category, I have already made a number of sketches that I hope to produce into artworks in the near future. I hope to continue making sculptures all through weekdays as I plan on having my studio in my own backyard apart from the weekly weekend workshop on sculpting that I plan on organizing for which I will require a day to prepare. I would like to set aside a few hours every week for applications and social media promotions where I have recently created platforms for myself. I do believe that if I manage my time well, I will be able to turn my dreams into a reality.
I hope to keep in touch with all the contacts I have made during my course and others I’ve met during my time in London. I have met and interacted with a few gallerists, curators and artists in London with whom I hope to stay in touch. I hope to have long-lasting friendship and work related relationships with my classmates. I already have a professional base back home where I have worked with various artists. I have also maintained contact with a few curators, art writers, artists and art critiques, back home. I hope to continue growing and learning through experienced artists, my friends, colleagues, my peers and all persons involved in the art world.
For our final showcase in Wimbledon college of Art, I was the main coordinator along with Luisa. We had meetings with Lois and other staff members every fortnight and would coordinate with all the various heads of teams of finance, curation, design, marketing, logistics and events on what steps needed to be taken for the arrangements for the main showcase.
The initial phase was just finding out the budget for our show then getting started on postcards, design, logo and printers that could be used to produce all the material required. Once our spaces were allocated to us, we could also decide what space best suited an installation so that we have a successful group exhibition. Having taken on this responsibility, time management was the key to a successful show. My idea for my installation only started to develop in April as my initial idea was rejected due to health and safety rules. Communicating clearly with all the heads of the different teams as mentioned above was the most important factor. Being the head of the whole group, it is essential to be organised and calm at all times. Attention to detail is vital in all these cases and the key is communication as miscommunication can lead an entire department to fail and the domino effect can easily start. It is extremely important to listen to all parties involved, check and respond to emails regularly, communicate between different parties involved, keep everyone updated on the do’s and don’ts of the show, understand the needs of participating parties and most important, be present to help others.
Key skills learnt: time management, communication, patience, collaborative efforts, teamwork, contingency plans, organisation and problem solving.
Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition
In April, I was informed I was nominated for the wildlife artist of the year 2019. The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation is supporting this award and the exhibition was held between 29th may to 2nd June at the mall galleries. One of my sculptures has been selected for the award and will be on display from the 28th of may till the 2nd of July, 2019. This is a great way to introduce myself to the market as a budding sculptor.
The opening ceremony of this award show took place on 28th evening at the Mall Galleries. As this exhibition clashed with my final degree show, it was important for me to manage my time well. I was told to also make a postcard for charity that could get sold during the time of the time of the exhibition. I decided to enter an old bronze artwork of mine which I sculpted of an endangered goat and it reaching the top of the mountain which meant we can all reach for environmental conservation. I learnt the sheer amount of time, energy and organisational skills needed to put up such a grand show. I received emails from the organisation and reminders weekly. During this entire process, my piece which was selected got held up at customs and I learnt the difficulties and problems that arise when having to take a sculpture across the borders of my country, India. I view this entire time as a learning experience as I now know the sheer energy and time it takes to not only apply for these awards but also the process by which I can showcase my sculptures world over. I have learnt what all paperwork, packing sculptures securely and restrictions that involved in this entire process. It was great to meet like minded artists during this exhibition and meet the volunteers who are passionate about this cause. Looking back at this experience, I feel grateful for being nominated for such a grand award but also happy I could have contributed in some way by helping save endangered species world over. The wildlife artist of the year was established by David Shepherd and embodies his vision for ‘The Art of Survival’- using art for wildlife conservation. My postcard sold during the exhibition and I was happy to have been a very small player in perhaps saving the environment and the endangered species on it.
Key skills I’ve learnt: time management, hard work pays off, meeting likeminded people is a great way to build my network, believing in a cause and problem solving.
Clay Modelling Workshops
Over the past year, I have been running clay modelling workshops every month for children at my place of residence, Goodenough College.
This workshop attracts a number of children from a diverse age group and is also a way for me to earn some money through teaching. I use simple clay sculpting techniques, original ideas for environmental concerns, different experimental techniques using varying surfaces as indentations. I ultimately helping them create original sculptures from clay using varying hand-built techniques.
Holding a workshop for approximately 20 children is no small task. I take an hour just for set up time. Weigh out a kilo of clay per student, cover floors and tables with garbage disposable bags, have clean brushes, fresh paint, bring different objects for their use and most importantly do my own research on what I will be teaching them for the day through live demonstrations and previously carved out sculptures of my own. Using social media, I managed to promote these classes which over the course of the year got more people involved. Even though I started off by just teaching children, I did have a few adults approach me who wanted to learn a new hobby as well. I happily let them into my class and it was a new challenge as I had to change my teaching ways to incorporate them into the class as well.
I loved doing these classes as it was extremely rewarding seeing my hard work pay off and see some very creative sculptures being made by my students. The whole experience has been extremely rewarding with very positive feedback and has struck my interest in holding classes for children and adults once I’m back in my hometown, Delhi, India.
Key skills I've learnt: patience, handling persons of all ages, social media marketing, organisation and the importance of time management.
Ancient Future Exhibition
As part of Art week at my place of residence, Goodenough College, I was a participating student who helped curate the art show which was held from 29th April to 5th May at William Goodenough House, Large common Room, Mecklenburg square.
I also held a free clay workshop for all on the 4th of May for persons of all ages.
As a member of the curation team I helped coordinate with all the persons involved in the show which were residents of Goodenough College from different Art Schools and different art courses.The exhibition was titled ‘Ancient Future’. The main theme was how art has shaped history and how it will continue to inspire and inform the future. My entry for this exhibit was a piece entitled 'Narcissist' which as the title suggests talks of the influencers"of the art world and how they will continue to have a presence as the market is ruled by the rich. The curation for the show was quite difficult as the subject matter was so broad. I had to meet with the cultural head of the college to discuss the details of installation, deinstallation, the permissible areas, health and safety rules etc. I also had to coordinate with the participating artists to help collect all the artworks and ultimately work together with four others to help curate the show. A peer of mine David Michael Heskin is a curator of the Luminous Flux gallery and has curated any number of shows there. Getting his professional input during the show really opened my eyes to the way a whole show can change due to curation. His input was invaluable and it taught me a lot about space management. The show was very successful with a large crowd coming in on the opening night and my overall experience was a great one.
Key skills learnt: communication, curation, time management, understanding of others artworks and problem solving.
In March, Erin and I decided to collaborate on an artwork together which would get displayed at Wimbledon College. Our works are quite parallel with our interest of the natural world. We both question our relationship to the natural world. Her material use is very different from mine as she uses taxidermy to deliver her work although we both focus on the life and decay of the natural world.
We both focus on issues of environmental change and species extinction. When we brought our works together, we had a very interesting outcome. this entire installation was born out of trial and error. We arranged, rearranged, added individual artworks which were later removed and ultimately settled on a location and artworks that were an interesting blend of both art practices.We both decided to make a ritualistic, ceremonial shrine hence naming our collaborative efforts, 'Shamanistic rituals'. The outcome was an interesting blend of handmade sculptures, taxidermy, ceramic bowls and burnt out wooden logs. I got some positive feedback from my classmates and Tom who was with us for the day, remarked saying it reminded him of a ritual which meant our intention for the installation shone across. I was happy with the overall outcome as it was interesting collaborating with a peer, bringing in two very different yet parallel practices.
Key skills learnt: collaboration, curation, cooperation, problem solving, organisation and communication.
The exhibition Postopia was the launch pad for Úncovered Collective' which was a collective started for the MFA students of Wimbledon College. The exhibtion was held at the Ugly Duck Gallery from the 22nd of February until the 24th of February.
The exhibition overall was very successful with a large number of guests arriving to view the artwork. The theme was centered around life post technology. The space given was a very large and interesting space. I decided to make a metal piece shaped in a globe formation which was quite parallel to the work I made for the Crypt gallery. I found scrap metal laying outside my place of residence and therefore my material choice was predetermined for this exhibit. I felt the artwork blended in well with the space required. I decided to title my work, 'Plastic world' emphasising on fish eating fishing wire which we in turn eat, therefore concentrating on the environmental concerns post the age of technology and the impact its causes on mother earth. Due to the nature of my work, I ultimately decided to hang the work from the ceiling which gave it a bit of movement as well. Constructing this piece was extremely difficult and required a lot of technical ability. Looking back on it, I wanted to create a base where it could stand on its own but realised the weight of the piece was dangerous and would violate health and safety rules. I had to improvise last minute and create an additional metal top from where the entire sculpture could hang. I’ve realised the importance of engaging with people who come for group shows. I had a total of ten guests arrive at the show, all of whom are involved in the art world. I met all these people in London at other art events/shows. I also realised the importance of reading up or knowing others artworks during the group show as to help them sell their works as well. Overall, the artists and visitors were all happy with how the show turned out.
Key skills learnt: Installation, problem solving, making adjustments to our artwork if necessary, team work and networking.
Who will provide Exhibition
Who will provide was an exhibit held at The Crypt Gallery from the 31st of October till the 4th of November 2018. The theme was inspired by St Pancras New Church's wish list that was created in 1995 where the crypt laid underground. This exhibition was the second group show as the MFA students of Wimbledon College.
A group meeting was set up before the summer to run through the theme, restrictions of the unique art space and how to go about the work. I volunteered to go collect the key of the crypt gallery and was taken around by Anne who was in charge of the Crypt Gallery. She very graciously showed me the ‘do’s’ and ‘don't's’ of the art space. I later met up with various members of the invigilation team and the installation team to explain all the details of the space. This involved not being to put nails into the wall, only hanging lights where appropriated, where to find ladder and switches for the various lights, the proper use of the kitchen and ultimately how to securely shut off everything before exiting the space everyday. I thereafter kept the key and handed it almost daily during the opening days of the show to the invigilators. I helped them open, set up and shut the crypt almost daily. my other duties were also helping with the transportation of the artworks to and fro the Crypt Gallery.I was part of the drinks committee where I helped serve drinks on the opening night and also invigilated the space where I found myself taking visitors for a tour around the space
I felt the curation and installation team did a great job of installing the pieces and the show was quite a success.
Key skills learnt: problem solving, communication, flexibility, site specific handling, working efficiently towards a deadline and patience.
In studio with Richard Fox
Richard Fox is one of the leading silversmiths of the United Kingdom. I had the privilege to go meet him this month along with a select few. His workshop was in Croydon and I spent the day getting expert advice on the artistic crafting's of silver.
Richard Fox spoke of his beginnings as an artist. Dedication, persistence and hard work were apparent trademarks of his long journey to becoming a successful silversmith.
The tour around his metal studio fascinated me and I got the opportunity to discuss technical aspects with a few technicians that are vital to his team. To hear of how his studio has developed over the years and see him operate out of his own space was a unique experience. I got first-hand experience on how silver work is done and got to experiment in his studio for the day as well. What I take back from the day’s events is to be hard working, considerate and dedicated to our craft always. Doing research, networking, being active and being thankful can go a long way in establishing yourself as an artist in today’s world. This was a great experience that I will always cherish. Post the meeting, I stayed in touch and he very generously let me use his studio to produce my own work as well. I fabricated the window for my degree show at his studio and the ladders in college.
Key skills learnt: keeping in touch with contacts made, working responsibly in new environments and with new people around, being open to new ideas and keeping good relations with persons we’ve met through being courteous and respectful of their time.
The Brentford project was held during the first term of the second year in college to help strengthen collaborative skills of the class.
On the day we met our tutor, Ian Monroe and artist Lorrice Doughlas at the Brentford station. We were informed of the history of the area and this exercise was set out to help us pay attention to detail and sharpen our observational skills.
My group members were Renate, Robert, Mitch, Zelga and me.
We worked very well together as a group and decided to focus on the “feet”of all living/non living things. The idea was to note the various movements of persons of various ages, mobility of objects and just everyday motion we tend not to observe. As a group we recorded all our observations on our phones and later that week, we all met in college to collaboratively collect all the “necessary” parts to form a video from everyone’s clips. Later that day, we were introduced to Final Cut Premiere Software where we edited and created our video.The final video got positive feedback and was well received by all.
Key skills learnt: collaborative skills, learning new software, attention to detail, creating work within a given timeline and the importance of good observational skills.
As part of the Art week in Goodenough, I was a participating student who helped curate the art show which was held from 4th – 8th June 2018 at William Goodenough House, Large common Room, Mecklenburg square. As a member of the Curation and installation team I helped coordinate with all the persons involved in the show which were residents of Goodenough College from different Art Schools and different art courses.
This was also the first time I held a clay modelling workshop on the 8th of June at Goodenough College as part of the art week and discovered how fulfilling it is teaching children.This was my first ever curating experience in a group show and I learnt a lot from it. the theme of the show was unsettled and this was the perfect venue to showcase my horses I had painstakingly cast. These horses were malnourished with limbs cut off and ultimately projected onto the walls of a dark room. I got very positive feedback for my installation. I learnt to work in a group of diverse people with different viewpoints and how it’s interesting to see their interpretations of different artworks in the space given to us. We spent three days arranging, rearranging and setting up artworks with specific instructions given for different works. There was definitely a sense of responsibility that I felt having to deal carefully with other people’s Artworks. I had to meet with the cultural head of the college to discuss the details of installation, deinstallation, the permissible areas, health and safety rules etc. I also had to coordinate with the participating artists to help collect all the artworks and ultimately work together with four others to help curate the show. We all as a group decided to have a large wall left empty for people to come draw what unsettles them and this was a very successful exercise to start conversations with guests on the opening night of the show. Communication between people is the key to a successful show. Creating timelines and understanding the needs of participating members. The show was very successful with a large crowd coming in on the opening night and thereafter a good number of people visiting post. Overall, this was a great learning experience.
Key skills learnt: curation, coordination, communication, patience, team work and time management.