St+art India, a foundation that organises art projects in public spaces is returning to the streets of Mumbai with its second edition of Urban Art Festival.
The mural festival will bring together 40 artists from India and abroad with support from Asian Paints and in association with Mumbai Port Trust (MBPT), Western Railway, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Singapore Tourism Board, Bonjour India, Institute Francais and the JSW Group.
Rooted around re-discovering the city through art and urban design interventions, St+art Mumbai is hosting five art projects between 18th October and 30th December, 2017. This time, the murals will be drawn at some of the iconic places in the city like Churchgate Station, Mahim East, Sassoon Dock and Jindal Mansion.
The aim is to connect these areas of modern Mumbai, which seem so distant from one another, yet are part of a shared history and explore how integral these spaces have been to the cultural history and development of the city.
“Mumbai is a city of contrasts and several untold stories. Through the St+art Mumbai 2017 festival we hope to dig deeper into the fabric of the city and also reintroduce the people to some of its forgotten spaces,” St+art India Foundation Co-Founder Akshat Nauriyal said in a statement.
Amit Syngle, President-Sales, Marketing, Technology and Home Improvement, Asian Paints Ltd. said: “We want to take art to the masses and make it accessible to a wider range of spectators. The idea is to open spaces to dialogues, conversations and culture creation through the lens of the city.”
“The port has been a standing testimony of Mumbai’s evolution and this initiative of wall painting and its exhibition is a step further in this direction. We welcome the artists, both international and Indian in their journey to revamp the Sassoon Dock with their murals and take it to global limelight,” Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust noted.
Across the past three years, the foundation has organized six mural art festivals and numerous public art projects in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, creating iconic landmarks within the cities.