Kochi Biennale to co-host summit on art education in India

Kochi, Nov 24: Addressing a growing concern over the state of art schools in the country, the Kochi Biennale Foundation will organise the first South-zone conference on art education on November 26, 27 and 28 at Casino Hotel, Willingdon Island. The conference titled 'State of Art Schools: Reality and Prospects' is organised in association with the Foundation for Indian Art Education (FIAE). 

The conference will feature talks by artists, art critics, art educators and other stakeholders. It will also bring together the 15 young curators who have begun work on the next edition of Student's Biennale.

On the first day of the conference, speakers will address findings of a recent survey on art colleges in India’s five southern states. The three-day meet will also have speakers expressing views on contemporary art education, visual art education, art history and policy-making in the context of art education.

The chief guest at the inaugural function is Vice-Chancellor of Cochin University of Science and Technology Dr J Letha. Ernakulam District Collector M G Rajamanickam will also address the session.

KBF President Bose Krishnamachari said the conference would discuss how the demands of the new millennia were forcing education to reconsider goals and alter strategies. “Discussions will also veer around how they have been restricting a new impetus in education to science, technology and management sectors,” he said. 

KBF Secretary Riyas Komu noted that there has been a widespread concern that art education is not getting its due recognition despite universities opening their doors to art and design education. “This forum may serve as a platform for various stakeholders in art education to brainstorm, exchange views and hash out a strategy to address the fading prominence of art schools in the country,” he said.

The Kochi conference will kick off a series of zonal conferences leading up to a national summit in Delhi to be organized in late next year.

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