TESTIMONIAL: KAIPO CHE! RESIDENCYI have participated in many residencies, international and national but this has been the best. This was my first trip to India. I was interested in this project as I have always admired Indian art and culture, in particular Indian miniatures, the wonderful rich textiles, the carvings of Islamic art and the wonderful imagery found in Hindu temples. During the residency I have seen first hand traditional art and architecture as well as contemporary art. One of the aims of the residency was to make drawings for a group show at the Arts Centre. I was inspired by the landscape and able to work in the lovely studio with a mix of Indian music playing in the background. The kite flying festival was a joy and we were welcomed on to the terraces in many different places to join in the celebrations. All my senses were alive as the music, colours, the tug of the kites and the smell of spices filled the air. The imagery will fuel my imagination for years to come. Speaking to the artists from Baroda has been inspirational and there was a remarkable chemistry in the group. We became a “family” in a short space of time. I felt very privileged to participate in this residency where I gained a real insight to the culture and art in Baroda. This was not from a tourist’s viewpoint but from the perspective of artists living and working in the city. The residency was well organised and I would not hesitate in
TESTIMONIAL: KAIPO CHE! RESIDENCY
The Kaipo Che! Residency was one of the best residencies I have been involved in. It surpassed expectations in many, many ways: in the level of interaction with India-based artists; the residency spaces and location; opportunities to experience the wider culture of Baroda and other nearby Indian towns/villages. Most importantly, there was an incredibly hospitable and welcoming atmosphere throughout, and it was a pleasure to spend time with everyone involved.