The IArts Residency Program at OCAD University
Through the generous support of the Chandaria Family, and inspired by the work of the late Arti Chandaria, the IArts Residency Program is a unique cultural exchange opportunity that brings the richness of Indian visual and material arts to OCAD University. IArts allows artists and designers from India to explore innovative forms of creative practice and to increase their international exposure, while seeking to deepen connections with the South Asian community in India and Toronto.
The IArts Residency Program is a bi-yearly, six-week artist in residence program for an emerging artist or designer from India. While in Toronto, the resident will make artwork in an OCAD University studio, interact with students and faculty, and build relationships by connecting with broader Canadian artistic communities. With access to OCAD University's full range of facilities, the IArts Resident will have the opportunity to work with materials, methods or media that expand their practice. The IArts Resident will also have opportunities to share their work and ideas with OCAD U students and faculty, as well as the general public. The IArts Residency provides a vehicle for exploring common ground, sharing old and new traditions, exploring contemporary creative processes and building new ideas through collaborative experiences.
In September 2019, OCAD U will host lndu Antony as the inaugural IArts artist-in-residence. lndu Antony was selected by OCAD U's IArts Advisory Committee based on her record of artistic accomplishment, educational experience, and alignment with the guiding principles of OCAD U's Academic and Research plans. Academic Plan 2017-2022
Indu Antony is an artist based out of Bangalore and Kerala, India. Born and raised in a conventional Indian family, she overcame various social obligations to pursue her forms of expression. She has since been working with individuals from the fringes of the society. She is known to explore tonalities of inward discussion, which later, burst out into communal spaces. Her work revolves primarily around the notion of the intangible character of spaces, in relation to the gendered body as a site of representation, and through a feminist stance that gives way to performances and installations. Indu Antony has participated in several group exhibitions including the Serendipity Arts Festival, 2018; Kochi-Muziris Biennale (Collateral), 2018-19; Foto Fest Biennale, Houston, 2018; Queer Asia Photo Exhibition, London, 2017 and Photo Kathmandu, Nepal, 2015. She won the Toto Funds Award for photography for the year 2011.
photos from the series ManiFest
The IArts Project Fund
Arti Chandaria was passionate about the arts. She was instrumental in helping young emerging artists in India. This fund aims to honour this passion by giving artists, who might struggle to support themselves in India, an opportunity to gain exposure abroad and to interact with artists and students at OCAD University as well as the Canadian art community. Arti and Pulin Chandaria felt that every person’s journey is their own, and that journey resides within one’s benevolent love. An artist residency and exchange program can open the door for change within. Since Arti’s passing, the Chandaria family has created positive spiritual gestures in her memory. They first established the IARTS Textiles of India Fund with the Royal Ontario Museum, and now the Chandaria family is building the IArts Residency Program with OCAD University. We are honoured to have the opportunity to participate in this visionary program.