Apre Art House in Mumbai was the brainchild of Ms. Prerna Jain her long-term goal of to contribute to the rich, multifaceted field of modern and contemporary art and to provide an innovative forum for its appreciation and dissemination on a national and international scale.
In order to fulfil its commitment to promote up-and-coming artists, APRE Art House hosts an artist residency programme every year; the Programme gives eight artists the chance to collaborate with artists from diverse backgrounds in order to explore outside of their current ecosystems. The second edition of its artist residency programme for 2023 was announced under APRE Edu. The residency duration lasts for 8 weeks. This year, the eight selected candidates for the residency have been announced, and they are Sriparna Dutta, Urna Sinha, Sitikantha Samantsinghar, Anuradha Rudrapriya, Pranshu Thakore, Manjit Gogoi, Chalapaka Chakravarthy, and Krishna Popaliya. The candidates were selected by a three-body jury including Yamini Telkar, Lina Vincent, and Prerna Jain.
These artists will be invited to engage in conversation, share ideas, and learn about Mumbai’s vibrant art scene. The initiative promotes interaction between the Gallery and multidisciplinary practises. Through numerous modules, constant mentorship, as well as input from the Gallery Director, Ms. Prerna Jain, and various specialists and curators, the programme seeks to promote conversation with the local community and explore possibilities and the growth of the artists’ practices. The programme tries to align artist’s practice with specific curators.
The residence is housed in a 10,000-square-foot building in Sakinaka, Mumbai. Each artist will have about 2,500 square feet to themself. The accommodations mostly consist of studios with access to the necessities for daily living. Depending on the overarching theme of exhibitions, the resident artists will also have the opportunity to be chosen for inclusion in the Gallery’s forthcoming exhibits.
At Apre Edu, their “insights and extensive knowledge will serve as valuable resources, enabling you to refine your artistic vision and push the boundaries of your practice. We believe in the power of mentorship and fostering a supportive environment for artists to thrive, and our team is dedicated to providing you with the necessary guidance and critical feedback to propel your artistic journey forward.”
In order for the Gallery to coordinate its efforts with the Artist’s attempts to attain the same goals, the Artist is asked to give a summary of what they would want to accomplish during the course. Access to scholarly articles and books from the gallery library that support the artist’s practise will be made available by the gallery. There will be open studio visits (depending on the season), allowing for exposure to and input from a larger audience.
Through the programme, the artists will have a wonderful platform to improve their craft under the guidance of experienced mentors.