There’s an artist in everyone

Amrita Prasad
Tuesday, 1 August 2017

In conversation with the office bearers of WAS Studio on how they plan to make art forms accessible to people at large

We might be busy in our lives, trying to climb the corporate ladder, or making our presence felt on social media and in the midst of all this, appreciating art might take a backseat. But some art connoisseurs ensure that we don’t lose the all important connect with aesthetic forms. 

The newly opened WAS Studio is a step towards that direction. It’s one of a kind art association, because it keeps moving spaces. Founded by Aarambhh M Singh, a filmmaker, WAS — which stands for World is A Stage — is the result of artists’ collaboration. It aims to teach and spread art by promoting painting, music, drama, dance, photography and films. “There is an absolute requirement for artistic expression. WAS Studio bridges the gap between artists and aspirants,” says Singh, adding, “We believe in the Shakespearean saying, ‘All World is a Stage’. That’s why we chose the abbreviated version as our name. Knowingly or unknowingly, we seek art to satisfy ourselves emotionally. We all play our many parts and also become an audience for others. This collaborative initiative will help people rekindle the art within.”

So far, the studio has been conducting exhibitions, workshops and other places to promote art in various forms. The studio also aims to nurture talent and giving them direction. “We provide intensive training in various art forms ranging from music, films, drama, fine arts, photography, design etc. We also organise free workshops and art meet-ups. Our mentors come with a vast experience and we also help people with platforms to showcase their work. WAS Studio wants to make art accessible to people,” explains Ruve Narang, chief curator at the studio. 

Narang feels that you do not need to be a professional artist to pursue art. Says she, “Whether you are young or old, a seasoned artist, or someone looking to dabble, there’s something for everyone here. The spectrum of our workshops is broad. It’s never too late to incorporate art in life.” 

WAS also attempts to create a strong body of artists to provide them a better platform. “We have started a first of its kind initiative to build an artists’ community in the city. There are many artists, seeking a platform to find spaces and people sharing similar artistic tastes. Our series of art meet-ups help people interact, exchange ideas, learn and teach one another and come closer to art. The idea is to simply promote art in whatever form it is available and accessible,” expresses Tarun Achpal, chief celluloid officer of the organisation. 

“We work with individuals trying a particular media for the first time and also support artists with work-in-progress pieces, who may be looking for direction or a chance to work through an artist block. There is always an array of learnings to choose from,” adds Rohit Valecha, chief creative head of the organisation.  

In future, the studio will also produce music, short films and organise art festivals across the country. “We hope to reach out to open minds and those living in the closet,” concludes Singh.

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