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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.


Aakriti Art Gallery

(A unit of Chisel Craft Pvt Ltd)

 Orbit Enclave, First Floor

 12/3A, Picasso Bithi (Hungerford Street)

 Kolkata-700 017   


   +91 33 22893027

   +91 33 22895041

    Fax No

   +91 33 22895042


Calling For Artist




GenNext is in an all-new avatar! This time it will be held in the National Capital of the country, New Delhi at the new premises of the Aakrii Art Gallery.

With the inception of the new millennium, the dynamism in the art world magnified in all its respective terms and the young contemporary art practitioners began to set new trends and discourses in the field of visual arts. But all these could not have happened if some noble and prospective patrons had not come forward and given this new shape and vision for the younger generation creative minds. And to mark this significance and majesty of the new generation artists, one could unanimously utter one single name “GenNext” – a brand by itself in the contemporary art world of India. The show which had begun as an anniversary exhibition of the Aakriti Art Gallery in Kolkata nearly a decade ago with a handful of young artists below 40 years of age practicing in Kolkata and its nearby localities eventually spread out as a nation-wide exhibition for the young generation artists picking out the best of the best from different corners of the country, from cities to the interior rural belts and then it finally took the global dimension where artists from all over the world just coveted to be a part of this show here in the City of Joy, Kolkata. And in this way GenNext has already completed its seven editions in the last decade. This year, GenNext is getting ready to step in its eighth edition with a much bigger innovative spirit, novel spree and set to go gaga over new motifs, minimal trends, experimental ideas a with a touch of classical nuances in different art forms.

Aakriti Art Gallery, both in Kolkata and now in New Delhi is exclusively set to promote art of every kind and gear up the cultural spirit of the country by connecting the local with the global and now in the country’s capital in this new venture of the eighth edition of Gen Next, Aakriti Art Gallery looks forward to an immense response and participation of the younger generation artists from all over the world. It believes to create an iconic emblem in the field of visual arts - a venture to select, showcase and promote young budding creative minds that otherwise go unnoticed amid the band of recognized artist.

Well, if you are also the one who is simply waiting for this one call from the GenNext Exhibition, what are you waiting for… write in your artworks on a dvd/cd along with your brief profile and send it to Aakriti Art Gallery at its official address in Kolkata. You are absolutely free to select the genre of your work and medium of your choice, you can be a painter, a sculptor, a graphic designer, a video artist, an installation artist, an avant-garde artist, an experimental artist and many more… it doesn’t matter, if you

have the right kind of passion and something really intriguing in your creative discourse, you could be the one who can definitely make it into the GenNext VIII.

Last day of CD submission is 15th July 2014

So get set go!
Aakriti Art Gallery 12/3A, Hungerford Street, Kolkata 700017, Ph.: 91 33 22893027 / 22895041
E-mail : aakritiartgallery@yahoo.com


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