Raghurajpur International Art/Craft Exchange (RIA/CE)


The Raghurajpur International Art/Craft Exchange (RIA/CE) is an opportunity for contemporary/conceptual artists to exchange ideas and skills with the traditional artisans of Orissa, India.

During the 5-week exchange, artists from around the world live, learn and create with master artists in this Heritage Village. Workshops are offered in palm leaf carving, stone and wood carving, pata chitra and tassar painting, paper mach?? mask making, ganjapa playing card making, dhorka metal casting and cow dung toy making as well as Gotipua, Odishi, and Naga dancing, traditional theatre, harmonium and sitar.

This knowledge and these traditional skills can then be incorporated into contemporary artwork. In exchange, the international artists share their ideas about contemporary art with the villagers, who can incorporate these ideas into their traditional art.

Residency Programme since: 2011
Description of Organisation:

RIA/CE is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the creative lives of artists and villagers in Orissa, India, as well as visiting artists from around the world through the exchange of artistic skills, culture and friendship.

Organisation founded in: 2010
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at end of residency
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 5
Number of artists in residence at one time: more than 20
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Internet
  • Woodworking tools
  • Computer
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Application process: Open call
Expenses paid by the artist:
  • Travel
Expenses paid by the organisation:
  • Food
Other activities happening at the space:
  • Workshops
Selection process: By committee
Setting: Rural
Nearest Airport: Bhubaneshwar, India
Nearest Train Station: Bhubaneshwar, India
How to reach by plane: Fly into Bhubaneshwar, India, through one of the major cities of Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata from there take car to Raghurajpur.
How to reach by train: Take train into Bhubaneshwar, India, from major cities of Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata from there, take car to Raghurajpur.
How to reach by car: Take bus into Bhubaneshwar, India, from major cities in India and then car to Raghurajpur.
City: Puri
Country long: India