• Where: Tibetan Pavilion
  • When: 11-18 March 2023

Auroville Art Camp 2023 – March 11th to 18th – The secret lies in Matter

Sri Aurobindo and the Mother assign a highest status to an art which serves as revealer and teacher of a quest for the All-Beautiful. In 2019, we decided to organise an art camp that was renewed in 2021 and in 2022. The fourth edition will take place from Saturday March 11th to March 18th 2023 at the Pavilion of Tibetan culture. The theme of this fourth edition is: The Secret lies in matter.

Auroville Art Camp is not just an art camp, it is an Art Camp taking place in Auroville, a unique place of experiment where men and women from all over the World and India have answered to the call of The Mother to manifest her dream and the vision of Sri Aurobindo.

It is an Artist camp with Artist residency for professional visual artists. This Art Camp focuses on the collaboration of Indian national artists and Auroville artists, working on a specific theme during one week thus creating bridges within India through Art. Artists are asked to produce at least one piece of Art that will be exhibited at the end of the camp. We proceed by application as we wish to give an opportunity to artists from all over India to participate regardless of their background and network. So far, for the 3 editions, 65 professional artists and 12 art students have participated.

In these times, such an event supporting artists and not only on a material level, is more than ever essential, not to mention the role of Art in our work here in Auroville. By organising this art camp, we try to create a concentrated atmosphere for the duration of one week where we work together in search of Beauty, invoking through Art this new world which is our ideal.

The organisation and preparation of the Art Camp is a community initiative. At each step, Aurovilians contribute to the project in so many ways depending upon who they are, what they know, what they foresee. We, the core team of the Auroville Art Camp organisation are so grateful for that. It’s about goodwill, collaboration and contributing to the dream that is Auroville.

The preparation of the art camp is also an opportunity for being inventive and resourceful. With each edition, we create an art installation that is set up at the venue of the art camp to welcome the invited artists and create a space that draws creation and beauty. This is an occasion for everyone who participates to share the joy of making and learning and to nurture collaboration and togetherness.

For the opening of the Auroville Art Camp on Saturday March 11th at 9 am, Deepti will give a talk on the theme of this year’s edition, the title of the talk is : Seeking the Divinity within Life ‘‘An exploration of Sri Aurobindo’s Action’. You are most welcome to attend the talk . During the week we have also planned open doors so that the community and the schools can see artists at work and interact with them.The open doors are scheduled on Wednesday March 15th and Thursday March 16th from 11:00 am. To close the art camp an exhibition of the artworks created during the week will take place at the Pavilion of Tibetan culture opening on Saturday March 18th at 3 pm. Please see the poster of the Auroville Art Camp.

To know more about the Auroville art camp: https://aurovilleartcamp.wordpress.com/about-the-artcamp/