Madras Art Weekend in Chennai promises exciting dialogues and a host of promising talents – Architectural Digest India

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Madras Art Weekend (MAW), slated for 11, 12 and 13 November 2022, is the first of its kind in the city. A collaboration with the city’s leading contemporary art galleries, this initiative explores the vast potential of emerging and established artists. Positioning art and the artist’s voice at its core, MAW hopes to create synergy, dialogue, interaction and a platform that is relevant, experiential and sensorial.

Madras Art Weekend is an initiative by The International Foundation for the Arts (IAF), founded by Upasana Asrani, whose career spanned fashion, art, curation, and writing. “As an emerging artist myself, I realised we don’t have representation across the board, which led to the inception of IAF, a foundation that hopes to champion the work of emerging artists. Our work at IAF has been significant with murals and installations across the city, artist documentation, art walks promoting homegrown talent, supporting experimental new practices,” she reflects.

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Vijayalakshmi Veerappan.

The ideation and planning for Madras Art Weekend (MAW) have been in the works for the last two years. “Everything came together serendipitously: sponsors, panellists, hospitality partners, venues, and the city’s residents themselves”. The first edition of Madras Art Weekend is buzzing with art talks by prominent artists talking about their practices and galleries engaging with art enthusiasts, panel discussions, and workshops. The endeavour hopes to enable audiences to have dialogues, engage, and interact innovatively to broaden contemporary art’s reach and relevance. 

A host of galleries (Ashvitas, Venba, INKO Centre, Sarlas Artworld, DakshinaChitra Heritage Museum, and Gallery Veda) will make their MAW debut this year and spotlight contemporary talent and established names. The feather on the cap for Madras Art Weekend is that they are parallel to the India Art Fair.