Mumbai, Maharashtra- 2009:
Founded in 2009 by art patron Saloni Doshi, Space118 provides studios and residencies to artists on a short-term basis in an endeavour to support emerging art practitioners from around the world. Owing to a lack of residency spaces in the city, in 2008, Doshi transformed her family’s commodious warehouse in Mazagaon, Mumbai into a state-of-the-art studio. “We encourage artists to have the freedom to develop their work at their own pace and interpret the studio term from their own perspective,” she says.
Some of the artists to have participated in the residency over the years include Neha Choksi, Mansi Bhatt, Tanya Goel, Gauri Gill, Remen Chopra, Pratap Morey, Baptist Coelho, Sharmistha Ray, Parag Tandel and Mustafa Khanbhai. In addition to offering studio spaces, the residency also provides a unique mentorship programme, where well-known artists such as Sudhir Patwardhan, Jitish Kallat, Sudharshan Shetty and Dhruvi Acharya visit the space to speak with the participating artists and learn about their work. Space 118 also organises a one-of-a-kind Open Studio Day once every quarter for artists to exhibit their work to the public.
Last year, when the residency completed a decade, Doshi was invited to curate the show, ‘Making Space’ at Sakshi Gallery in Colaba, Mumbai. To mark this seminal moment, Space 118 also launched a Fine Arts Grant and a new contemporary residency programme. The grant offers the selected artist an eight-week residency, a production grant of up to Rs 1 lakh with travel and accommodation, and participation in an exhibition coinciding with the Mumbai Gallery Weekend. For the “Space 118 Contemporaries 2020”, a jury will select two artists for an eight-week residency.
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