Baroda, Gujarat – 1999


Chhaap translates to “print”in the regional language. This not-for-profit

cooperative was co-established by Kavita Shah, Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, and Vijay

Baghodi in 1999. The three artists and educators involved in the project works to create

and raise appreciation, awareness, and support of different printmaking techniques by

practicing it. The studio space is equipped, with all the materials and tools that an artist

might need for etching, drypoint, lino, woodcut, and mono-print. The foundation is

frequently visited by senior Indian artists and international artists, allowing young local

artists to interact with diverse sets of artists. The foundation has a vigorous and

engaging annual print workshop schedule to promote the art of printmaking and

support local artists.

Chhaap foundation also offers short residency programs for both domestic and

international printmakers. The residency encourages artists to share their knowledge

and technique through workshops on their visit to Chhaap. The participating artists get

the opportunity to interact with young students through seminars and lectures due to

the organizer’s close association with the Faculty of Fine Arts MSU Vadodara. At the end

of each residency, artists are promoted through open studios or exhibitions. The

residency program can host a small number of artists, and because of its location, the

artists have much required solitary and the right balance of social and cultural

interaction. For instance, Maya Portner, a Hawaiian based printmaker and educator,

visited in the winter of 2012. She fondly writes “I enjoyed meeting interesting people,

attended a concert, exhibition openings, film screenings, visited many artists studios”

The printmaking residency at Chhaap is truly a global establishment that supports the

skilful art of printmaking.