HM Nerurkar inaugurates the art camp at Centre of Excellence on Monday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
A swanky convention centre and gallery for art will soon become a reality for Jamshedpur.
Tata Steel managing director H.M. Nerurkar on Monday announced that the steel major would set up a gallery for art and a convention centre in the next couple of years on a two-acre vacant plot adjacent to the Centre of Excellence.
Nerurkar was speaking at the inauguration of the four-day Art in Industry Camp that kicked off at Centre of Excellence on Wednesday.
“The foundation stone of the project will be laid in March this year and we will aim to complete it within two years. Once ready it will cater to both performing and visual arts,” Nerurkar said in the presence of around 21 artists who arrived in the city from across the country — from Kashmir to Bangalore.
“The gallery and the convention will have a seating capacity of around 700. It will act as a platform where various art forms come together,” Nerurkar said.
Earlier, Nerurkar let his imagination flow with a few deft strokes on a canvas to formally declare the camp open to the artists, which included three from the state.
“A city needs art and if it gets a dedicated centre to hold exhibitions it will be a treat for artists like us. A convention centre will also ensure that artists keep visiting the city and come in contact with its rich culture,” Vijender Sharma, a senior artist who is taking part in the camp.
The organisers said all the paintings produced during the camp would be put up for an exhibition for city denizens on February 21.
“The art works will only be put up for display during the exhibition. They will not be up for sale. Tata Steel, however, will keep one of the paintings with itself after the camp as part of adding to its art collection,” said Jenny Shah, secretary of Jamshedpur School of Art and head of Centre for Excellence and Public Relations of Tata Steel.
She added that all interested buyers could, however, get in touch with the artists and purchase their works.
“The camp is only a platform to promote art,” Shah said.