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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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Source:The pioneer New Delhi Friday 28th March…

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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With each new generation a new synergy comes to the artistic endeavours, and this synergy needs to be located, presented, documented and encouraged so that its manifestations are not lost, and it gets a new boost. Precisely this is what the ‘GenNext’ shows have been doing for the past several years with much care and concern.  Each year, we look forward to this show mounted and well documented by Aakriti Art Gallery in Kolkata. This year the exhibition would be held at Aakriti Art Gallery, Delhi and is a cause for celebrations by the Delhi Art Fraternity.  I welcome the show to the city and hope that the art lovers from all generations would find something to enjoy and cherish , in terms of new ideas , new concepts and also in terms of newer explorations in various genres of visual arts. This is to be noted and highlighted that the ‘GenNext’ shows focus on paintings , sculptures, prints, installations and mixed-media works, giving equal weight and space , to all of these. GenNext thus bringing to us,  a whole gamut of new expressions by artists from different regions and art centers. To see the works of those young artists, who are in the process of ‘maturing’ , and are further nurturing their ‘findings’; is exciting, as they have come to a certain stage, from where they can themselves visualize explicitly the paths they intend to tread, and in turn can offer to us, the intents and signifiers of their ‘adventures’.

                     With the kind of new materials and ingredients to give a shape to the newer and wondrous expressions; a whole range of visually articulated forms and images, is offered to us each year by the ‘GenNext’ and this year’s show has also brought the works which are truly emotive and enchanting. Only by breaking fresh grounds an art-show or scene, can fulfill our desire for new beginnings in art discourse and discussions. In this context also shows like ‘GenNext’ have contributed a lot. And one is curious each year, to look for some such works, which would define themselves in a new light, in relation to ‘visual delight’ they themselves take in their very core and construct .

               In a criss-cross manner the way the different genres of arts are helping  each other in finding solutions to transmit and experiences of fast-paced life of metro-cities and our relation to the nature and other related issues; seems commendable:  The architecture , the photography ,the cinematic and digital language --- all are manifesting themselves in new artistic endeavours . One is often tempted to ask these days , with variety of materials being used in creating art works; whether the material also can speak for itself , or can be picked up singularly to appreciate an artwork. The answer would be naturally ‘yes’, when one finds that material is not being used for the sake of it only, but is being used to bring forth the intent of the work. Even the old materials like wood, iron or fabric are being used now to fashion out the image, which were earlier not approached in the manner, as are being approached and tackled today. To eke out ‘complexities’ from the simple looking materials creatively is in itself a challenge; which many of the ‘GenNext’ artists are encountering daringly. This ‘adventurous ‘spirit makes the ‘GenNext’ shows provocative and also comforting. 

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