PEERS 2017

Open Day: Thursday, 22nd June 2017

PEERS is a four week residency programme at Khoj International Artists’ Association that provides emerging artists from across the subcontinent with an opportunity for exchange and dialogue. It aims to provide young artists a forum for experimentation and interaction with the larger creative community as well as attempts to create a network of diverse artists across mediums and disciplines.

PEERS has been a one of Khoj’s pioneering programmes, and this year we will see the 14th edition of Peers. Functioning as a unique residency model that closely curated artists at the start of their professional careers.

The Peers residency is populated with artists’ visits and interactions, studio visits and curated exhibition walkthroughs, for the residents to have a gamut of art-related experiences and exposure. The aim of the Peers programme is to provide infrastructure, inspiration and mentorship to emerging artists and art practices.

The Peers residency ends with an Open Day, where resident artists show their works in progress and interact with audiences. Following the Open day, Khoj organises PEERS Share, a two day intensive seminar for young artists who had qualified for the final round of the peers selection process. Peers Share is a great learning opportunity for young artists to showcase their own practice and get valuable feedback and criticism from their peers, colleagues, senior art practitioners, art critics and the Khoj curatorial team.

The artists-in-residence for PEERS 2017 are:

 Ashish Dhola, M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara.

 Sagar Shiriskar, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

Sahil Naik, M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara.

Tanaya Kundu, S.N. School of Arts and Communications, Hyderabad

Vrishali Purandare, Shiv Nadar University, Nodia

The critic-in-residence for PEERS 2017 is:

Ashmita Chatterjee, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Khoj puts out an open call for applications  for the Peers residency every summer, to which we receive many applications from art students across the country. Keeping in mind the diversity of art training in India and to ensure a plurality of ideas and opinions in the residency, Khoj invites a jury for the selection of five artists-in-residence and one critic-in-residence.

This year, Khoj invited artists and art educators Arunkumar HG, Gigi Scaria, Rakhi Peswani and Rohini Devasher as the PEERS 2017  jury.


Peers 2017 has been supported by the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation.

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