To further the repertoire of Visual Arts, Takshila has set up the ‘Arthshila Art Studios’ in Parivartan—its integrated rural community development initiative at Narendrapur, Siwan in Bihar.
The Graphic Art Studio at Parivartan houses two etching and litho presses with the capacity for yielding prints of sizes 36” x 60” and 42” x 72” along with a 44” digital printer. It provides facilities for intaglio printing, surface printing, digital printing, and silk-screen printing.
The Ceramic Studio has three gas-operated front-opening kilns, five potter’s wheels, pug mill, jigger jolly machine, slab roller and other materials for glazing terracotta and ceramic products. This studio is involves traditional potters and women from the local community to enhance pottery as a sustainable livelihood option for villagers.
The Sculpture Studio offers facilities for metal casting and stone carving. A wood-cum-coke fired foundry has been set up for forging sculptures of clay/wax or plaster-of-paris molds using readily available local material. It stocks drill machines, grinders, air blowers, and other sculpting tools cum materials.
The amphitheater can seat 50 to 70 individuals and hosts talks, discussions, small events, film screenings, and occasional performances. It extends itself as an informal meeting space for people.
Art Symposia organized by Takshila under the Arthshila banner are hosted at the Arthshila Art Studios. The space aspires to create a hub in South Asia for practicing artists from India and abroad to convene, create and learn from one another.
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