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In response to the absence of supportive frameworks for emerging curators to conceptualise and concretise innovative curatorial projects, IFA is committed to working with academic and visual arts sectors in developing curatorial studies as a theoretically informed and practice-based discipline.

'Curating Indian Visual Culture: Theory and Practice', led by the Association of Academics, Artists and Citizens for University Autonomy (ACUA), is an initiative solely dedicated to devising a curatorial studies postgraduate degree programme. Through a set of thematic workshops, in-house discussions and a forthcoming concluding colloquium with academics, curators and artists from various disciplines, ACUA has been mapping the field and evangelising for a critically engaged curatorial practice in the context of Indian visual culture. Themes at the forefront include: museum practices and popular visual culture, questions of region, gender and sexuality and art in the context of conflict.

Partnerships with a number of organisations have enabled us to realize our ambition of opening up greater educational and mentoring opportunities for young curators eager to deepen their engagement with the field. For instance our collaboration with Katha Centre for Film Studies resulted in a workshop series and film festival curated by workshop participants themselves, equipping young film curators with the appropriate research, analytical and methodological tools to pursue a critically informed curatorial practice.

Partnerships with international organisations, such as Japan Foundation and Prohelvetia - Swiss Arts Council in hosting confernces and symposia, ensure our efforts are in dialogue with diverse museum and curatorial activities beyond the Indian context.

Please find below selected audio recordings of this diverse set of curatorial focused workshops.

Workshops & Conferences

Theory and Practice


Curating Indian Visual Culture: Theory and Practice
Venue: Baroda
Dates: 13th to 18th September, 2010

Questions of Region, Gender and Sexualities


Venue: RLV College of Music and Fine Arts, Tripunithura, Kochi, Kerala

Dates: 7th to 12th February, 2011

Interfaces of Art History, Museum Practices and Popular Visual Culture



Venue: Department of Fine Arts, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication, University of Hyderabad
Dates: 12th to 17th September, 2011.

Art in the Context of Conflicts


Venue: University of Jammu, Jammu Tawi, India

Dates: 6th to 11th Feb. 2012.

Artistic Production and Questions of Region and Identity: Curatorial Propositions


Venue: Ambedkar University, Lothian Road, Kashmere Gate, Delhi
Dates: 9th to 13th October 2012

6th Asian Museum Curators Conference


The 6th Asian Museum Curators Conference (AMCC) - Curatorship: From Empire to Republic - was hosted in Delhi and Bangalore from 19th to 22nd of October 2010, marking the first occassion the confere

Workshop on Film Curatorial Practices


22nd-26th Aug, 2011

A collaboration between KATHA and IFA, workshop on Film Curatorial Practices brought together curators, filmmakers and visual artists with 20 aspiring young film curator