Wahe Movember!: Scribe’s Block Impressions

“Half-risen then she sent her gaze around, As if to recover old sweet trivial threads, Old happy thoughts, small treasured memories, And weave them into one immortal day.” Saint Namdev (1270 AD) made devotional compositions on Lord Vishnu. His creations are also included in the Guru Granth Sahib, the bible for the Sikh. Saint Namdev […]

“Half-risen then she sent her gaze around,
As if to recover old sweet trivial threads,
Old happy thoughts, small treasured memories,
And weave them into one immortal day.”

Saint Namdev (1270 AD) made devotional compositions on Lord Vishnu. His creations are also included in the Guru Granth Sahib, the bible for the Sikh. Saint Namdev has a big following in Maharshtra state of which Mumbai is the capital.

Hundreds of members of the community of traditional weavers and block-printers from all over India arrive in Haridwar during the October / November, the occasion of the birth day of Saint Namdev. The traditional block-printing, as a profession, has got extinguished about a decade ago. Now it is considered largely a work of art. Associated art forms of cloth making by handlooms and stitching are also available in Haridwar.

The relaxed month of November presents an additional good opportunity to creative – writers. A fresh cool nip in the air mixes well with the gentle river sound for sun-bathing and writing creatively.

IMPORTANT DATES

02 Chhath Puja
12 Full-Moon-Night, Anniversary of Guru Nanak
14 Children’s Day

Duration of residency
The standard duration of a typical residency is 28 days. Longer or shorter durations are possible.
Accommodation
Artists stay on the premises of residency. Boarding, lodging and studios are all avaiable under one roof. Shared as well as individual rooms are available. Each room has attached bathroom.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Disciplines - Artists, writers, and creatives related to every discipline are welcomed. A focus is on the spiritual dimensions. Disciplines include, but are not limited to, the following - Sanskrit / Hindi, Calligraphy, Photography, Visual art, Documentary, Performance art, New media, Linguistics, Painting, Music, Writing, Education *** Work equipment - Those kind of work equipment are provided that are specific to Haridwar / India and not easily available outside. These include - music instruments (conch, harmonium, damru, manjira, chimta), colours (natural colours, house colours, herbs, ayurveda colours, fragrant oils, etc.), paper hand-made paper in Haridwar, fabrics hand spun/woven in Haridwar) etc. Some simple equipment like wood carving tools are available at the residency. *** Assistance available to artists - Each accepted artist is exposed to opportunities relevant to her interest and supported with identifying one major and some minor projects that she aims to complete during residency. Regular guidance and support are provided.
Studio / Workspace
All studios are on shared basis. Private studio spaces can be made available on request. Details on studio / work spaces are given below. These will be expanded soon. 1. On premises Following spaces are available on premises - Bare multi-purpose studio room, studio room with concrete slab across the length, 3 sides open studio space, iron grill studio space for drying fabrics and materials on 2 sides, roof top open studio space not in complete use during summer day time and winter night time. *** 2. Studios of local artisans Within the vicinity of the residency, many local artisans have their work-spaces which could be utilised by artists by making arrangements. Some of these are - within 100 metres (iron welding, wood working, manual screen printing), within 2 km (clay wheel and kiln, fabric dyeing, goldsmithing, silversmithing, ironsmithing, metal sculpture casting, POP scultpture making, percussion instrument making, harmonium making, ), 6 km (fabric weaving, hand loom, hand made paper, incense sticks). *** 3. Studio spaces Some spaces within 500 m of residency can be made available with prior arrangement. These include forested parts of a language society, river front decks, and sheltered spaces. *** 4. Inner studios of the mind At AZIMVTH, the most unique studio offerings are the explorations of the mind and soul.
Fees and support
The levels of fees differ on bases like duration of stay and sharing/non-sharing options. Details can be obtained by applicants.
Expectations towards the artist
Each accepted artist is expected to donate an artwork made during her residency. It is hoped, although not obligatory, that artists participate with conduct art workshops with locals. It is desirable that artists make a presentation or small exhibition during the final days of residency.

Application deadline
2019-11-10

Residency starts
2019-11-11

Residency ends
2019-11-30

Location
India/India

Link to more information
https://azimvth.org/2017/06/09/wahe-movember-scribes-block-impressions/