Baroda, Gujarat- 2006
Space studios were established in 2006 under the supervision of Krupa Amin in
the city of Vadodara. Krupa from Vadodara’s industrial family, who have made their
fortune through a century-old pharmaceutical industry. The family has been patrons of
all cultural activities since the 1940’s they have been in regular interaction with artists
from the Faculty of Fine Arts. The existing studio space is located in the Alembic
Museum Square since 2019.
The present studio space with its new beautiful location has been restored to
become the new cultural center for the city. This new site has an exciting backdrop of an
inactive pharmaceutical plant that has been repurposed to house these studios. It has a
feel of old industrial, architectural, historic buildings that have gone through intensive
conservation under the guidance of Shyam Khandekar and Karan Grover Associates.
The Alembic Museum Square also has an art gallery with its permanent collection on
display. For example, Vishwa Shroff’s His-Story Project, a site-specific floor work raises
an excellent commentary on viewers’ interaction with restored spaces. As Shroff states,
this work enables the viewers to wonder if these drawn tiles are part of the architectural
residues or an intervention to add to the history of this space.
Space studios are conceptualized to provide participating artists with spacious
studios, stimulating environment, and opportunities to network with other practitioners
of visual arts. Space Studio hosts regular open studios where the participating artists are
encouraged to interact with the city’s art enthusiasts, young and senior artists. The
participating artists get a fantastic opportunity to interact with established artists from
the city through studio visits.