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3-day camp for art's sake

2-month exhibition to follow at Sakchi gallery with pocket-friendly artwork for middle class buyers

City-based entrepreneur Achintam Gupta inaugurates the art workshop-cum-exhibition Wings of Colour at Acharya Nandalal Bose art gallery on Friday and (below) terracotta artist Ruchi Bansal at the workshop. Pictures by Bhola Prasad

Colours sprang to life and art spoke a thousand words when more than 30 artists, both from the city and outside, gathered at Acharya Nandalal Bose art gallery, Sakchi, on Friday to start the three-day camp.

Organised by The Bengal Club in association with the Nandalal Bose gallery, artists at Wings of Colours - as the camp is named - will teach visitors, including art buffs, about the finer nuances of painting and ways to make art from junk.

"Jamshedpur has little scope in art, especially sculpture. I am a fine arts alumnus from Banaras Hindu University but for the past 13 years in the city I haven't been able to take it up professionally," said Ruchi Bansal who works on terracotta.

At this camp, Bansal has started working on a mural and will shift to pottery later.

Other sculptors like Suvendu Biswas, Bishendra Singh, Biplab Roy and Naveen Kumar have started work on various mediums such as terracotta, wood and even junk.

"The art gallery has been trying to promote artists and art among Jamshedpureans. Sustaining your life by being an artist here is a struggle if you don't have a brand name. Therefore, we try our best to help local talent get a platform," said Raja Choudhury, secretary of The Bengal Club.

The camp, which will end on Sunday, will be followed by an exhibition to let artists put up their works for sale.

The exhibition will continue for two months so that people can drop in at anytime and buy the paintings.

"Since the value of art is much lower here, we will try to keep the prices as low as possible. If that is the way art is promoted across households in the city, so be it. There has to be some way for artists to earn a living," said Manik Shaw, co-ordinator of the art camp.

Bansal, on her part, added regular camps like these were very important. "After the camp, we plan to work with potters from Asanbon.i so that we can at least hone their skills and help them penetrate the market," she said.

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