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Art Tax :The art community fears that GST will hit the already struggling art market Written by Vandana Kalra | Published:May 20, 2017 6:05 am

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council that met in Srinagar has declared tax slabs and cesses for more than 1,000 items, and among them is art — a category that till now was exempted from VAT in some states, including West Bengal. In Rajasthan, the tax was much lower. The tax reform has listed it under the tax bracket of 12 per cent, including, among others, “paintings, drawings and pastels”, “original engravings, prints and lithographs”, “original sculptures and statuary in any material”…


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Bachhawats of Kolkata's Aakriti Art Gallery form Bachhawat Foundation By Ashoke Nag, ET Bureau | 19 Dec, 2013,

KOLKATA: The Bachhawats of Kolkata's well-known Aakriti Art Gallery have conceptualised and formed the Bachhawat Foundation. The foundation was recently launched. 

The Bachhawat Foundation proposes to conduct art residency programs for potential, creative artists of the new generation to promote their art so that they don't get…

Bachhawat Foundation :Promotion of art, aesthetics, culture and literature

An Art Center having Artist Residency,Art Camps,Publications and more.A perfect ambiance that an artist requires in a serene surrounding.Less then 20 km from the Kolkata Airport,30 minutes drive.

Being an integral part of the art world for more than two generations and profoundly…


Aakriti Art Gallery had started the GenNext series of exhibitions to focus on young artists, who, it thought, showed promise. Most of the participants of this particular show were born in the 1980s, with one of them, Nihaal Faizal, born as late as in the 1990s. In its sixth edition (up to October 15), GenNext shows every sign of maturity, manifested in not only more carefully chosen works but also better display as more space is available now…

Notice Board - Internship Call

Aakriti Art Gallery is seeking to recruit 2 Gallery Interns to join the team at an exciting time before a busy forthcoming exhibition and art fair period.


Location: Kolkata


Key Responsibilities will include:

  1. Responsible for the day-to-day running of the gallery, interacting with clients and facilitating all phases of the exhibition planning process. 
  2. Meet clients and receipt items for the relevant sale. Manage the gallery with assistance.  Monitor incoming and outgoing items.  Ensure that the gallery area is presentable at all times.
  3.  Deal with email enquiries.  Assist with photography and take additional photographs of items for clients and specialists.  Liaise with vendors and specialists to confirm sale estimates and reserves.
  4. Assist in the production of sale catalogues.  Upload relevant text and images to the various online sites.
  5.  Organise marketing and advertising in print and electronic media. Monitor web based advertising. Compose mass emails to clients in the run up to the auction. Understand and engage with social media in various forms.
  6. Manage the consignment of artworks and prepare the saleroom for exhibitions.  Assist specialists with all pre-exhibition enquiries.
  7.  Ensure that all gallery website content are monitored and kept up to date.  Assist with the break-down of the exhibition and the preparation for the sale day.
  8. Assist with invoicing and payment in the days following the sale. Assist with shipping and arrange postage and packaging for lower value items.
  9. The candidates are also expected to travel when and where required with gallery office work, shows or events  
  10. Assisting sales team and contributing to client database.



The Ideal Candidate will have:

  • Art background along with co-ordination, logistical organisational skills.
  • Excellent communication and delegation skills are essential.
  • Experience and knowledge of operating a wide variety of tools and machinery.
  • Computer literate all Microsoft office packages ideally, Photoshop.
  • Light art handling skills are a plus.
  • Proficient in languages, poses basic writing skills, solid interpersonal skills, excellent organizational skills,
  • Should be able to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self – motivated, responsible and can work within a team structure.

These are immediate openings and the selected candidates will have to join immediately. To apply please send a covering letter and curriculum vitae to relation@artnewsnviews.com by 5th of August 2015.


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August 2012 Blog Posts (6)

GEN NEXT VI - 17 emerging artists selected

Aakriti Art Gallery is back with its iconic endeavour of endorsing young generation artists from different corners of the globe to showcase their creativity in one common platform – the Gen Next. The whole concept of Gen Next was conceived on the noble idea of promoting artists below forty that has eventually revolutionized the entire approach of curatorial venture in the art world. Gen Next was first held in the month of October 2006 on the 1st…


Added by Abhishek Mondal on August 11, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Aakriti Art Gallery Presents GEN NEXT VI - AVANI GEN NEXT AWARD 2012

'GenNext', the Annual Exhibition, hosted by Aakriti Art Gallery is the platform for the young contemporary artist. Here, painters, sculptors and graphic artists are encouraged to put up their works, showcase their skills and their ability to negotiate complex modern issues through their medium of choice. The annual exhibition is held every year in the month of October, was conceptualized as an initiative to set up a fresh focus on the contemporary art where the…


Added by Rituparna Chatterjee on August 7, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

An Interstitial Intimacy- Prints Group Show (August 24,2012 to 8 September, 2012)

Here in this exhibition works of the printmakers, Abdul Salam, Amitabha Banerjee, Atin Basak, Kasa Vinay Kumar, Rajesh Deb, Sayak Mitra, Soghra Khurasani, Vijay Bagodi, V Nagdas  living in India scrutinize the living reality, which is diverse, but direct and different position of art confront the viewer in an…


Added by Rituparna Chatterjee on August 7, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

New corporate initiatives push artistic talent in India

By Madhusree Chatterjee | IANS India Private Limited

New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) A handful of initiatives that have brought big business houses to promote visual art with…


Added by Abhishek Mondal on August 6, 2012 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Kolkata art gallery, Aakriti, celebrates famed Bengal artist Gobardhan Ash's 105th anniversary

Ashoke Nag, ET Bureau Jul 30, 2012, 03.00PM IST


Kolkata's leading art gallery, Aakriti, is celebrating famed Bengal artist Gobardhan Ash's 105th birth anniversary, with a show of his drawings. Gobardhan Ash,…


Added by Abhishek Mondal on August 6, 2012 at 2:59pm — No Comments

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