That the corona lockdown has not been able to lock creativity down is good news flowing in from all art quarters. Among varied responses, artists across the world are giving shape to their thoughts, feelings and emotions engaging in their art practices while all galleries and exhibitions have shut down indefinitely. However the art world has found online ways to showcase its response to this crisis. Among these, a 30 days online art challenge was initiated by a Gurugram based artist Minisha Bharadwaj, at no cost to the artists.
The goal is to keep people, especially children, busy during these difficult times and help them not slip in to boredom or mental crisis. Originally meant for residents of Delhi NCR, the challenge gathered pace to start getting entries from other cities in India, Dubai and Germany. As it grew, budding and established artists have also joined in.
The challenge has not only engrossed children and adults alike, but also sent a positive and reassuring message to doctors, nurses and policemen who actually face the pandemic challenge on ground.
Every week, awards are sponsored by Prozakindia, Elite Stationary, Shabari and Pallavi Cake box who have come in support of art during this crisis.
To motivate these artists, well known curator Jyoti Kalra, founder of Uchaan Art Gallery, has announced a plan to exhibit all the winning entries at Uchaan for a grand finale after the lockdown is lifted and art world comes back to normal life.