Kriti Gallery & Artist Residency


Kriti Gallery & Artist Residency is a gallery cum residency for contemporary Western and Indian art. All kind of medias and performance arts are represented.
Also we are open for researchers, crafts people or environmentalists.

Over the past 10 years about 180 artists from all over the world have lived and worked at Kriti.

Our vision is to inspire and to encourage artists to engage with the local communities in the city.

Kriti provides space and networks to interact with art, culture, history and handicrafs.

During a residency you allow your ideas and curiosity to turn into a project or you do research in the field of your interest. The team at Kriti is happy to support your work with our networks and knowledge.

Beside exhibitions we are able to host events of music, theatre, dance, literature, ceramics, print-making, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, film, social art projects and video and many more.

Local networks ( craftspeople, institutions, Banaras Hindu University etc. in Varanasi or across India ) are an important facilitator for your ideas and work, we are happy to share our contacts with you, we are available to answer your questions and support your needs.

Our heritage walks help to visualize the uniqueness of the city, its people and their life and introduce you to the city.

The residency is about 3km away from the river Ganges, a 10 min ride by bicycle rickshaw, surrounded by a big garden for contemplation, reading, gatherings and work.
We are in a semi-modern residential area.

Who can apply?
Artists, researchers who are eager to interact with India, the local culture and life in Varanasi.

How to apply?

Please share some insight about your artistic work so far via an artist statement/resumee and
your ideas for your time at the residency. No formalities.

We are open for applications all year round, no deadlines!

Kriti Artist Residency package,

four 2-room private studios including a workroom (fan), a bedroom (A/C + fan) and private bathroom

Food is included
Provisions for self-made breakfast and vegetarian only home made lunches and dinners from Monday-Saturday. Sunday provisions for self-cooking.

Heritage walk as an introduction to the city.

Fyi, there is a yoga studio around the corner and possibilities to learn music, dance and singing classes in the city.

Residency Programme since: 2006
Description of Organisation:

Kriti Gallery & Residency is a private initiative started by Navneet Raman.

Born in Varanasi, raised in a Krishnamurti School in South India.

Navneet has a large network in the Indian world of arts and the international art world.

His vision is to create a center for the arts, culture and heritage to enable exchange.
He founded the Banaras Cultural Foundation hosting the Banaras Visual archives.
Is actively working in art projects in and outside the city as well as in tree plantation initiatives and children education on environmental topics.

He enjoys art, a green environment, the Banaras life style with good food, arts and music and friends. He lives in the residency.

The Kriti team supports artist projects with networks, background information and advice whenever needed.

Organisation founded in: 2006
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • German
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Number of studios: 4
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Yes, we have a network of partnerships with local craftmen ( silk weaving, potteries, print makers, sculptors, wood work shops, block printing…
Application process: Digital application
Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): Please contact us for details
Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
  • No requirements
Other activities happening at the space:
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibition
If other, please specify: Public art – please discuss your ideas with us
Selection process: By curator
Setting: Both
Nearest Airport: Varanasi
Nearest Train Station: Varanasi
How to reach by plane: Most of the Indian airports offer flights to Varanasi, pl. check
How to reach by train: In the city of Varanasi please head for Mahmoor Ganj, opposite the All India Radio Station you find the entrance to Kriti Gallery.
How to reach by car: In the city of Varanasi please head for Mahmoor Ganj, opposite the All India Radio Station/Akashwani you find the entrance to Kriti Gallery.
Street & Number: Raman Niwas, Raja Sir Motichand Road, Mahmoor Ganj
Postal Code: 221010
City: Varanasi
Country long: India
Raman Niwas, Raja Sir Motichand Road, Mahmoor Ganj
Varanasi 221010 IND
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