The Uttarayan Art Foundation was conceptualized in 2005 and later materialized under the supervision of the artists P.D. Dhumal and the industrialist Rakesh Agarwal. The foundation is at 40 minutes of driving distance from the city of Vadodara in the village of Jaspur. The studio facilities and the residency is established on an 80-acre farm. About 8.6-acres is used for the studio space and as a sculpture garden. The project to develop the studio space and the surrounding landscape was realized under the supervision of a local architect Karan Grover in 2009.
The lush green surrounding of the foundation is a perfect venue for artists to get together, practice their art, and exchange ideas. The art foundation is fully equipped with excellent infrastructure and studio facilities for sculptures, printmakers, and painters to practice. The art residency is funded through private trusts and commercial alliances that both Dhumal and Agarwal have developed over the years. The artists are invited to come and work at Uttarayan Art Foundation for 20 days to 3 months. The foundation conducts workshops, symposiums, and lectures, where they invite artists from all over the world. The Uttarayan Art Foundation aims to develop an international platform where Indian art can be appreciated on a truly global platform. It gives the local artists the required exposure and opportunity to interact with international artists: beautifully lighted studio spaces, open space, outdoor exhibition space, and an amphitheater. The primary goal of the founding members of Uttarayan is to create a sculpture garden, museum, and to provide excellent studio facilities.