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Arts for India Fundraiser
Leading figures from the arts, creative industries, business and society attended the Arts for India event at the Saatchi Gallery for a prestigious fundraising event to raise awareness for a unique new international educational project – The Universe of Art. The project initiated by international charity Arts for India is a pioneering venture to bring the first Fine Arts University of global standards to India.
In attendance were Ozwald Boateng, James Caan, GP Hinduja, Satish K Modi, Sir Mark Thatcher and Escala.
The focus of the evening was a presentation by the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community of the vision created with Porphyrios Associates of the Universe of Art project. The Universe of Art is a unique Anglo-Indian art, culture and education project which will see the construction of the first private Fine Arts University in India together with a leading performing arts centre and an internationally recognised museum or gallery.
This exceptional creative cluster, to be built across 175 acres of land near Modinagar, NCR Delhi, will further contribute to the cultural and economic renaissance of India with benefits impacting Asia and globally in the same way as the Tate Modern and the Guggenheim Bilbao impacted their respective cities.
The university will have separate colleges, departments and faculties covering various disciplines – Fine Art, Applied Art, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Jewellery Design, Interior Design, Ceramics, Music, Dance, Journalism, Mass Communication, Photography, Animation, Film & Television – as well as state of the art academic and residential facilities comprising high-tech classrooms, study rooms, laboratories, studios, workshops, e-centres, hostels, art galleries, museums, auditoria (both indoor theatre style as well as outdoor amphitheatre), multimedia halls and sports and recreation facilities. At its heart will be an internationally recognised arts museum. Residential facilities would include housing for staff, students and visiting artists and guests.
Arts for India also partnered with Tanya Baxter Contemporary to raise funds through an auction at the event. Tanya Baxter Contemporary has worked with progressive Indian artists, as well as new and emerging Indian and international artists for many years and is keen to see the next generation of students supported by the proposed university.
This collaboration reflects the desire to help young, Indian artists to flourish amidst India’s burgeoning arts scene. The auction will feature classic works by renowned artists, including the masters such as S. H. Raza and F.N Souza, and the next generation such as Sacha Jafri, Revati Sharma Singh, Ingrid Baars, Crispin Gurholt, Jannis Markopolous and JayShree Kapoor. The event, which is sponsored by Theo Fennell and OG by les Eoliers, will incorporate gold wine, fitting for the Diwali-themed evening.
India’s first lady of ‘revivalist’ haute couture Bina Modi premiered a stunning bespoke fashion collection at the event, which took Diwali as its central theme. The fashion showcase featured hand embroidered couture wear which resurrects the forgotten Parsi Gara style of embroidery.
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