St+art India (read start) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2014 with the intent of making art more democratic, and for all. By taking art out of the conventional spaces such as museums and galleries, instead embedding it within the spaces we inhabit and navigate everyday, St+art explores the synergy between art and its ability to transcend socio-cultural barriers and lead to exchange of ideas through unique and collectively shared experiences in public space.

Since 2014, St+art India has gone onto do 11 festivals and 4 exhibitions in 7 different cities of India. Across this period, we’ve worked partnered with over 250 artists and 275 walls across the country.

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Our cities are built of concrete and stone, as entities of function - for life and livelihoods. They exist as inert structures built for thousands of people to traverse through everyday. Would the experience of using the same spaces change with the infusion of art? Was it possible to create spaces that are functional, but also act as interactive cultural centres?

Indian streets are very unique. They are a microcosm of the millions of diverse voices that co-exist in this vast and wonderful nation of ours. They are a vibrant amalgamation of the most diverse activities and transform in to spaces for public gatherings, celebrations and in general, livelihoods. Spaces full of stories and local narratives have existed over hundreds of years, steeped in rich tradition and history. Would enabling artists and urban practitioners in such an environment lead to the creation of meaningful and engaging ideas that resonate with a large set of people?

With an aim of reimagining public spaces through art, while providing a platform for artists to express themselves, the St+art India Foundation was formed in 2014. St+art encourages people to explore their cities in a unique manner by creating alternative cultural spaces - both temporary and permanent.

St+art India builds cohesive networks between Indian and international artists, enabling a flow of communication and resources, while putting India on the global urban art map. By creating alternate avenues for urban artists to express themselves, St+art has fostered the nascent street art scene in India which has exponentially grown, preserving and presenting an Indian identity which connects with both local and international audiences.

India has had a rich history of vernacular artforms which are slowly fading with the advent of Digital technology. Integrating these age old practices within the context of urban art projects the Foundation enables local artists to preserve their lineage by contemporising their crafts and opening them up to unexplored futures.

With an active engagement with government bodies, St+art works towards building policy around the usage of public space, also being actively involved in programs such as the ‘Smart Cities’ program and the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’. As an organisation that prides itself on building meaningful partnerships, we work with a host of cultural institutions, Embassies and NGO’s. If you would like to know more, check our our Partners.

People

St+art India is the brainchild of 5 co-founders all belonging to diverse backgrounds. We were brought together by six degrees of separation, but with a common vision of making art more democratic. We did our first festival in Delhi in 2014, and have never looked back since. In the past few years, the team has grown to include more kindred spirits, whom you may find listed below:

Arjun Bahl

Arjun Bahl

Director, Co-Founder

Akshat Nauriyal

Akshat Nauriyal

Content Director, Co-Founder

Giulia Ambrogi

Giulia Ambrogi

Curator, Co-Founder

Hanif Kureshi

Hanif Kureshi

Artistic Director, Co-Founder

Thanish Thomas

Thanish Thomas

Project Director, Co-Founder

Karan Kaul

Karan Kaul

Assistant Curator

Priyanka Mehra

Priyanka Mehra

Talent Manager

Devika Sharma

Client Manager

Richa Kejriwal

Richa Kejriwal

Graphic Designer

Pranav Gohil

Pranav Gohil

Photographer

Ritesh Sharma

Ritesh Sharma

Production Manager

Deepak

Deepak

Production assistant

Mangan

Production assistant

Dinesh

Office help / Production assistant

Join Us

Our team comprises of dynamic individuals who are curious, tactical and quick learners. Keep and eye out for any openings below. There are many ways you can help.

Full-time positions:

We’re currently we’re looking for the following positions, based out of our Delhi office:

- Social Media Manager

- Content Writer


Volunteers:

Our festivals require a lot of support and we’re always on the lookout for enthusiastic people willing to get their hands dirty... literally. If you’re as excited as we are to meet new artists and assist them, or build festivals and projects together, fill in you volunteer application form here.

Artists

At St+art we work with artists across various disciplines building unconventional projects. If you want to get involved send us an email with your portfolio or any other interesting details at artists@st-artindia.org

Partners

We always think big and want to create meaningful, timeless projects with partners that share the same drive and vision to nurture art and culture in public spaces. If you would like to know more and become part of the family, write into : partnerships@st-artindia.org

Asian Paints

Asian Paints has been one of our biggest pillars of support since St+Art Mumbai 2014. One of the world’s largest paint companies, Asian Paints’ involvement with St+Art extends far beyond material resources. As an active patron of the arts, Asian Paints shares our philosophy of embedding art in public spaces and has supported all our endeavours since St+art Mumbai 2014. We’re proud to work with a partner who understands the value of art as a medium of social change and also the importance of reimagining our public spaces. Their long-term vision, ideology and ethos is constant source of inspiration for the St+art team and we look forward to continuing this association in the future so we can together build projects that forever change the visual landscape of the country.

Mr.Amit Syngle, COO, Asian Paints:

“Art has the intrinsic ability move people and lift their moods, spirits and lives. For this very reason, we are working together with St+art Foundation to bringing art closer to public and trying to make it a part of their daily lives.

As the largest player in the industry, it is our utmost responsibility to add colour to create vibrant and happy environment in India. In the tenure of the association with St+art Foundation over the last few years, we have worked on various street art projects across multiple cities with a mutual hope to bring art to the public. We support the foundation and the artists with every requirement possible. We are extremely proud to be associated with this initiative. We believe this will bring great change and will transform the cityscape drastically with the invincible power of art.

Indian cities are known for their rich history and heritage. Through St+art festival, we all have a golden opportunity to reinvent public spaces in these cities. Asian Paints feels elated to support St+art Foundation and the national and international artists as they set out to paint landmark locations of each of the cities in unique colours and concepts.”

Government

Several government bodies in India have been gracious in their support of our vision enabling us to add value to public spaces. We are proud that our engagement with the government has led to the creation of projects recognised as national landmarks. Over the years, we’ve worked with various central and state-level government authorities, as well as several public sector organisations.

Cultural and Institutional Partners

We are a platform that works alongside local and international cultural institutions including embassies and tourism boards of several nations. These partnerships enable us to bring together diverse communities across artforms and nationalities nurturing the local art scene and cultural exchanges.

NGOS and Educational Partners

The work we do is wide-ranging and we’re looking to co-create innovation and social impact-based projects with partners who believe in what we do, and have a drive for their vision. We hope to reinforce and nurture a network between foundations which operate in art and culture, even academics, and share the same values as us. Namely: preserving, contemporising and spreading Indian culture while simultaneously cultivating cultural exchanges in an open, accessible way. These partnerships are largely project-specific. If you have any ideas, do write into us.