“A stream of beeswax connects several parts of the picture.

The warm material is soft as well as hard,

It protects and carries symbols of fullness, birth and trust for the changes of life.”
– Karin Juraubek Rutschmann

- Petra Feliser

- Katarina Waser-Ouwerkerk

Keep the canvas rolling Phase 8 @ Museumsnight 22.9.2014 Schaffhausen , Switzerland.

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An open letter to everyone reading this.

Dear Reader,

Kashmir has witnessed one of the most severe calamities in its recent history. The floods came and caused immeasurable destruction to life, property, and infrastructure –  and also washed away a major chunk of our treasures, historical archives, manuscripts, artworks, artifacts, cultural assets and so on.This is in addition to decades of turmoil and conflict which had severely hit the creative sector in Kashmir. Even before the floods came the artists hardly had any avenues to showcase their creative practices. Kashmir Art Quest through its numerous initiatives had been working to revive the contemporary art scene in Kashmir and promote creative and cultural entrepreneurship. In addition to our various initiatives which had a local, national and international focus, we were all set to create history by establishing Kashmir’s first ever centre for contemporary arts and research. This would have been a new chapter not only in the Kashmiri contemporary art scene but a first of its kind initiative to introduce Kashmir to the world.

However, as mentioned above the floods have severely damaged whatever bit of art infrastructure was there in Kashmir. The lone institute of music and fine arts, which was already in shambles, was located at Rajbagh in Srinagar – which was one of the most badly hit areas. The water level rose more than three stories high and damaged almost all the artworks including the structure of the building. The J&K academy of art culture and language, which was home to some other rarest artifacts, manuscripts, artworks and so on, met the same fate. “The strong-room that protected these priceless objects was fire-proof but not water proof,” Mr. Haroon tells us who is secretary at the academy.  Over the years Kashmir Art Quest has worked with more than 200 artists in Kashmir including the leading contemporaries. A lot of them have suffered damage because of the floods. Their artworks and studios were washed away along with their homes.

Kashmir Art Quest has a proven track record of executing some of the most unique art initiatives and these floods have only strengthen our commitment towards the betterment of art and artists in Kashmir. The challenging task that we had taken upon ourselves is now a mammoth task. Funding for the arts was always absent in this conflict-redden region and we were always dependent on small donations, local sponsorship and innovative methodologies to work within extremely limited means. We realize that we require greater external support to continue what we are doing. This is a matter of great urgency. Help us rehabilitate artists, and revive and preserve the art and culture of Kashmir.

We are open to suggestions and further discussions as to what our future plans are.

We look forward to your support.

Regards,

Syed Mujtaba Rizvi

Managing Director, Kashmir Art Quest.

CLICK HERE TO CONTRIBUTE.

support@kashmirartquest.org

+91 9596 355 455

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Open Call for Residency in Basel.

Free for Kashmir Art Quest artists involved in our project, “KEEP THE CANVAS ROLLING”

“PHKR is currently accepting submissions, and is sending out a call to artists from around the world, and at all stages in their art careers, to submit their portfolios for consideration. We are interested work by international artists who are doing exciting and socially minded projects, work that exists outside the boundaries of the typical gallery, and the work of students and emerging artists, but are open-minded about all proposals.”

Full details here:

http://kunstkaq.tumblr.com/call

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Urgent support required

Floods have devastated life and property in Kashmir and the condition on ground is terrible. Hundreds have died, over a million displaced, and immeasurable loss to homes, trade and property. The government is defunct and volunteers are working day and night to  raise funds, gather goods, medicines, baby foods, organize camps and reach out to people who need it the most.

Kashmir Art Quest is committed to help rebuild lives. The situation on ground is severe. We have decided to utilize all our resources and networks to raise funds, gather essentials and distribute them on ground through volunteers and partner organisations. All our projects will be utilized for this task as well.

The current project, ‎Keep The Canvas Rolling,‬ will continue to travel around the world and raise awareness and urge people to contribute in whatever ways they can. You can send us money directly as well and all incoming funds marked for relief purposes will be utilized 100% to help the flood victims.

Please donate generously. Help us rebuild lives.

For any information please feel to contacts us:
support@kashmirartquest.org
+91 9596 355 455

Account name: Kashmir Art Quest
Account number: 0048010100027497
Swift code: JAKA IN BB
IFSC code: JAKAQ0dalgat  (JAKAQ-ZERO-dalgat)
Bank Name: Jammu & Kashmir Bank ltd.
Branch Name and Code: Dalgate
Address: J&K Bank Ltd, Dalgate, 5 Boulevard Road, Srinagar 190001, J&K, India

 

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