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 Artists' Point 2016   

The main focus of the project is to crate a platform for dialogue between diverse cultures, spread the creative approach in education of school youth and awareness on preservation of natural environment and cultural heritage of Meghalaya's rural areas.

First year of the art residency 2016 was delighted by the numerous participation of Slovak and Czech artists and artists from Spain and France. Juliana Mrvová, Barbora Chlastáková, Dominik Bouma, Eliška Fialová, Jan Pražan, Kateřina Pěkná, Gabriela Valls Schorr a guest artist Patricia Hillaire spend one month period of time in the place of Meghalaya called Cherrapunjea or Sohra. Artists had opportunity to learn more closer about the local culture, mythology and interact with Meghalaya Artists in the organized seminars with personalities like Benedict Hynniewta, Lang Kupar War, Jonatan Lyngdoh, Lumkyrpang Kharkongor a Rembrandt Warjri.

Two art workshops were organized during the residency programme. The first one was 4 days art training conducted for the school children of Sohra. The young students enjoyed the oppotunity to learn new art techniuques and creative solutions in the team work. The second workshop took place in the center of the public place of the capital city of Meghalaya - Shillong. Registered participants as well as random passers by were asked to participate in painting on the boundary wall of the department of Arts and Culture on the topic 'Progress without borders'.

The final art works of the artists and the video document showcasing the interaction of artists with youth and with local people of Meghalaya were presented in the final exhibition at the gallery of Asian Confluence. International art residency programme was organized by Picasso Pupils, An Art Society supported by Meghalaya Government, hosted by Shillong Public School in collaboration with the department of Arts and Culture, Govt. Of Meghalaya, Department of sports and youth affairs Meghalaya, Embassy of The Slovak Republic in New Delhi and partners - Aircel and Asian Confluence.

Video Document by Dominik Bouma and Jan Prazan

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