International art residency programme"Artists' Point" in the year 2017 gathered artists from Europe, Bangladesh and India in East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. Zsofia Hajdu, Michaela Vrbkova, Juhikadevi Bhanjdeo, Moinuddin Moni and aspiring photographers Shaikupar Rymmai a Banlamphrang Basaiawmoit spent one month in rural area, explored the nature and cultural heritage of the place and created many art works inspired by the monoliths, root bridges and traditional life style of rural environment of Meghalaya.
The most important part of the art residency programme was the workshop for school children resulting in creative competition based on the team work and using of recycle materials. The winner of the competition was Nongpriang school, which is located two hours walk through steep hill from the nearest road. Students living in this village hardly use any plastic which could be used as recycle material for their environmental project. Therefore they decided to create useful designs for every day uses from bamboo, which is very popular material for crafting in this village. Smart handling of the big knives by five little students and their outstanding outcome which would promote use of bamboo instead of plastic definitely brought them their 'first prize'.
The art workshop with 250 children and teachers from various schools of the region took place for the whole month of residency programme and along with focussing on creative techniques offered opportunities to learn creative ways to raise the awareness towards the preservation of the mysterious historical evidences of our ancestors and natural heritage of Meghalaya.
Art Residency 'Artists Point 2017' was organized by 'Picasso Pupils An Art
Society' in collaboration with Shillong Public
School, The Embassy of The Slovak Republic in New Delhi, State Education
Mission Authority of Meghalaya, (SEMAM-RMSA), Govt. of Meghalaya, Asian
Confluence, Shillong and with media partners - Ageless Production and Red FM