Kriti Artist Residency is a private initiative started by Navneet Raman and his team.
In the past 12 years more than 180 artists from all over the world and of all kind of medias were lived and worked at the residency.
Varanasi is one of the oldest inhabited cities of the world, a spiritual center not only for hindus but also for buddists ( Sarnath ) and other religions, a place for pilgrims and people who are interested in experiencing the traditional Indian life.
A city with lots of educational institutions ( Banaras Hindu University, Sanskrit University, Tibetan University and many more ); a place of traditional crafts ( silk weaving, wooden toys etc. ), classical Indian music and cuisine.
For decades artists, scholars and researchers have lived and studied in the city, engaged with their people and institutions.
Kriti is a place and platform for interaction and provides space and background information for everyone.
The gallery is open for everybody and has shown international and domestic art in the field of photography, fine arts, music, dance etc..
Also Navneet is the director of Banaras Cultural Foundation with the interest in environmental programs ( tree plantation ), educational programs and hertiage.
Kriti provides an open platform for all artists, no regulations or deadlines.
Residencies can be hosted any time during the year for a mimium of one month.
Duration of residency
The average of artists stay for 1-3 months.
Kriti Residency is situated in a residential area about 3-4 km from the river Ganges and the old city of Varanasi.
Local transport is widely available with cycle or motor rikshaws.
The residency is located in a large lush garden available for the artists for recreation.
The gallery is located on the same campus, a hall/extra space is available for functions and events.
Four 2-room studios and one 1-room studio are available.
Each 2 room studio has a double bedroom with AC+fan, a private bathroom with hot/cold water, WC and shower.
The studio room is spacious, has day light and can be furnished individually.
The 1 room studio has a mezzanine bed, a lounge, a desk and a private bathroom with hot/cold water, WC and shower.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Any discipline can apply.
Work equipment needed needs to be defined by the artist and to be discussed at the beginning of the residency.
We have collaborations with various workshops in the city and are able to introduce the artist.
The team at Kriti can assist in cultural background knowhow, introductions to local communities, project and language assistance.
Studio / Workspace
The work space is private in the studio.
It is spacious with daylight, white walls, cement floor.
Upon request and agreement an additional room, hall can be provided.
Many artists also enjoy the outdoor workspace in the garden.
Fees and support
The package consists of
– accomodation in the studio including water, electricity
Provisions for self-made breakfast ( tea, coffee, muesli, eggs, filter water, home-made bread and yoghurt, fruits )
and home cooked vegetarian only lunches and dinners from Monday – Saturday, snacks and coffee/tea making
– use of washing machine
– airport pickup upon arrival
– a heritage city walk for introduction into the city
– assistance, consulting for art making ( where do I find….?, how can I do….?)
The cost for a one month residency in the 2 room studio is US $ 1450 plus 8 % taxes,
in the 1 room studio it is US $ 980 plus 8 % taxes.
We can arrange for project assistance ( local, experienced in working with international artists, English fluent, knowledgeable in the city and its culture ) on cost basis.
Expectations towards the artist
The artist is free regarding committments.
Kriti is happy to arrange for workshops, talks or studio visits or to engage with other institutions in the interest of the artist.