Arts for India supports education in the field of Art and Design at the International Institute of Fine Arts (IIFA), India. The International Institute of Fine Arts (IIFA) (www.iifaindia.org) was established in the year 2000 with the aim of providing quality education to students in the various fields of art and creative design. Currently, IIFA has over 450 students studying degree courses in Fashion Design, Textile Design, Painting and Applied Art.
Since its establishment, IIFA has promoted art through the artists residency programme, popularly known as “Khoj”. The residency attracted international artists, and also artists from India.
Presently IIFA hosts 4 – 6 Alumni Artists every year from the Royal Drawing School, London, on Art-Residency Cum Tutorial assignments. These residency-cum-tutorial projects are of a duration of 8 to 10 weeks every year.
Arts for India has also supported the studies of two students artists from the Chelsea College of Art and Design through their Masters Programme, inclusive of a three-month internship as Tutors at IIFA, India.
Arts for India also honours eminent personalities from the field of Art through the Dayawati Modi Award for Art, Culture & Education. Some of the past winners are, S.H. Raza, Anish Kapoor, Satish Gujral, Manjit Bawa, Tyeb Mehta, Paresh Maity, Anjolie Ela Menon, Subodh Gupta.
Besides promoting quality education in the field of art, in an effort to promote contemporary Indian art across the globe, Arts for India also organizes annual art events in various countries. These exhibitions showcase work by several renowned and up and coming Indian artists as well as student art of IIFA. Art exhibitions and fund raisers have been held at various venues around the globe, including the Kensington Palace, London; Saatchi Gallery, London; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Volce Di, New York; the Rietberg Museum, Zurich; the Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich; Tate Britain, London; Chelsea College of the Art & Design, London; Chapel Gallery, Singapore; House of Lords, London; the Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo and the New York Academy of Art, New York.
On the invitation by the United Nations, an exhibition of contemporary Indian Art on the theme of ‘Power of Peace’ was held at UNESCO’s Global Forum at Bali, Indonesia. The charity was also invited by both the Governments of Japan and India to organize an exhibition of contemporary India art, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Indo-Japan friendship year.
Another goal of Arts for India is to establish the ‘Universe of Art’ in Modinagar, NCR Delhi, that will comprise the first Fine Arts University of India, a Centre for Performing Arts and a Museum.