Project ReClaim


Project Reclaim is an initiative by Kashmir Art Quest that aims to use arts as a medium of promoting awareness about the importance of taking ownership of public spaces and infrastructure. We wish to inspire responsibility and duty towards what essentially belongs to the people – public parks, sports arenas, roads, educational institutions, and so on. For years, a lot of such public property has been either lying vacant – gathering dust, or is underused, or used for other things such as accommodating security forces.

Kashmir Art Quest will invite artists to beautify and create artworks in the form of installations, murals, sculpture and graffiti in such public spaces with an aim to involve the local communities and encourage the use of such infrastructure for public good.




Bakhshi Stadium, Srinagar.


  • Create Graffiti on the entire boundary wall and inside the premises of the stadium.
  • Vacate Security forces from the stadium.
  • Throw open the stadium to public for various sports activities throughout the year without any restrictions.

More information soon.


Call for Submissions




  • Artists should be based in Kashmir or Kashmiris based in any other cities. Age no bar.
  • Artists of any background, working in any media can apply.
  • Send up to 5 images of your recent works/projects and/or PDF presentation and/or a link to your website along with your statement of practice to: 
For any other queries write to:

Gallerie One Residency 2016, Kashmir – International Call for Applications

call for applications

Gallerie One is accepting applications from artists based in any country for the 8-week fully-funded artists in residence program which will take place in Srinagar, Kashmir.

Through this residency we wish to encourage research, dialogue and collaboration – while at the same time support artists’ careers by strengthening their practice. Each shortlisted applicant based outside Kashmir will work with their Kashmiri counterpart. Each group will explore traditional practices by local craftsmen and incorporate it in their collaborative work, formally or conceptually. By the end of the residency, each group will have created two installations which can later be placed in open public spaces. The artist will therefore be dealing with the geographic, social, political, and cultural sensitivities in Kashmir.

What will we sponsor?

1) Accommodation.

    We will provide a fully furnished 25 sq.meter Bedroom with an en-suite washroom to each resident.

2) Two-way travel.

    From your current city to Srinagar, and return.

    (Maximum INR 70,000 Including Visa Fees and Air Fare – Approx. 1080 USD or 700 GBP or  950 Euro)

3) Food.

    Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

5) Production Costs.

    The cost of materials/services used for producing the artwork(s).

    (Maximum INR 50,000 per group – Approx. 780 USD or 500 GBP or 680 Euro)

6) Two Studio Spaces.

     On Site 70. sq.meter each (750 sq.ft.) to be shared between all residents.

7)  An Exhibition/Installation of work(s) produced during the residency.

*INR – Indian National Rupee

Application Deadline:

Thursday, 31st December 2015,  6:00 pm.


Artists of Tomorrow – Call for submissions



This programme intends to identify, nurture, and promote young artists from an underprivileged background. We acknowledge the lack of opportunities and platforms for young children in Kashmir, especially in the field of arts. We therefore hope to expose these children to the subject through training workshops, studio practice, interaction-sessions – and subsequently engage them with a broader audience for recognition and appreciation through competitions and a cumulative exhibition.

30 selected children will undergo a free 7-day professional development workshop Followed by an exhibition of their works. Winners will be awarded with prizes in Cash & Kind.


1) Applicant should be within the age group of 10 – 21 years old.

2) Annual household income of less than 1,20,000/- per annum.


Painting & Photography only.


Send up to 3 works in the discipline of your choice and/or a short note (up to 250 words) in English, Urdu, Hindi, or Kashmiri explaining why you would like to attend the workshop.

Send to: or call: +91 – 9596355455 to submit in person. Deadline: 01/09/2015

How can you help?

Share this message so that it reaches the right children.

– Visit a school, and urge the head of institution to encourage participation.
– If you know a local NGO network, urge them to share the message in their area of work.
– Email people you know. Share through your social media accounts.
– If you know someone who fits the criteria, help them submit.
– Sponsor to help the programme expand and touch more lives.
For more information call: +91 – 9596 355 455


9 questions for the J&K Tourism Department after their fresh dubious statements in the media.

Tourism Department in their press conference yesterday alleged that:
“How come they claim to be the owners when they have given in writing that they only are the organizers of the various art activates in the space,” (Rising Kashmir –

“It was the space provided to private organisers for organizing a 90 days art promotion event, but after the expiry of the date they tried to occupy it,” (Greater Kashmir –

But lets see what we have officially maintained on our official website since day 1, even before the inauguration on January 12, 2015. (see about section)

We now have following questions for the Tourism Department:
1) You first claimed that no notice is served in case of an “event.” But now you have circulated some notice claiming that we refused to accept it. Clearly on the vandalism day, as can be seen in the video evidence, you refused to and failed to produce any notice even when we repeatedly asked for it. So suddenly why did you serve us a notice, as you claim, if it was just an event? And when did this notice come into existence?

2) You claim that we refused to vacate the space? How exactly are we supposed to vacate the space without any notification, and after you seized the gallery. Did you expect us to break your locks, because you have refused to speak to us and barred us from entering the gallery.

3) You claim that you were taking only your equipment out of the gallery premises? How did you verify this? Why didn’t you call us before taking your stuff so as to ensure that you were taking only your own things?

4) Again, how do you justify the damage to artworks? Who will compensate for the loss?

5) If it was just a 90 day event by what logic do you count the days from 22nd November 2014 while the gallery was inaugrated on 12th January 2015.

6) Why, on ALL our letters of communication the space was referred to as an ART GALLERY (Even on the authorization letter) if it was just a 90 day event?

7) Why did the then director tourism mislead everyone, even the general public,by saying even in the media that “The art gallery is an INTEGRAL PART of the TRC”

8) You have still not clarified who exactly ordered the vandalism and abrupt seize of the gallery? We demand public accountability.

9) Why did it take you 11 days after vandalism to show the media a suspicious “notice of evacuation.”

Artists burn their artworks in protest against the vandalism of their works by tourism officials

Artists burn their artworks in protest against the vandalism of their works by tourism officials