Frank Schlichtmann, Curator, Voice of Art 2019
Voice of Art by Nirmal Bhartia School
HundrED shortlisted this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
The Arts programme at Nirmal Bhartia School permeates every grain of our lives and is the HeART OF HOLISM.
The founding motivation behind the challenge is to encourage students to go beyond the dominant discourse and help them develop different ways of seeing—ways that can help our young adults become creative, engaged, imaginative, and sensitive co-creators of the worlds they live in.
How does your innovation work in practice?
‘Voice of Art’ is a practice-based research challenge that uniquely attempts to combine student enquiry of social and environmental issues affecting our everyday lives with original expression, using the methods and techniques of new and traditional visual arts media.
Students use varied media such as canvas and paper, photography, comic art, assemblage, installation or video formats to,
a) Critically reflect on, research, and investigate a specific societal issue.
b) Use their art practice to express their unique perspective—their insights and research findings.
Students are guided and mentored in the processes of contemporary art practice and receive feedback from an eminent panel of thought leaders and educators. The challenge ends with a public exhibition of their works, sparking a dialogue between the talking student voices and the visitors’ responses.
VOA is a yearly event that is non-competitive, free for all participants, and takes about two months from start to finish.
How has it been spreading?
VOA 2018 -A Breath of Fresh Air was the theme for the inaugural edition of Voice of Art 2018. As a part of the initiative, schools from Delhi NCR and a few schools from London, came together in a harmonised challenge to address the catastrophic state of "air pollution". This was an open, creative, and never before platform to express their views with regard to the state of the air that they breathe.
The second edition, VOA 2019, focused on Heroes and Sheroes, a theme that encouraged students to question the existing stereotypes and engage in inquiry into questions such as who or what is a hero and who shapes our conceptions of heroes.
There was no Voice of Art in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic, and we now look forward to our VOA 2022-Forests of Hope in November 2022 in New Delhi.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
We would love to collaborate with you.
If you are a school or an art-based organisation and look forward to working with us or organising a similar 'Voice of Art' in your part of the world, do write to us at email@example.com.
Voice of Art 2022 - Forests of Hope
We are planning to start the challenge in mid-September, with the public exhibition taking place in mid-November 2022.