Somaiya Vidyavihar University presents a unique platform to empower artists from across India

Mumbai,  April 17th, 2024:  Somaiya Vidyavihar University presents ‘A State of Care’ by the Immerse Fellowship Program, conceptualized in collaboration with Al-Qawi Nanawati, Natasha Jeyasingh, Shaleen Wadhwana, and Siddharth Somaiya. The annual exhibition featuring unique artworks by the 9 Artist Fellows of The Immerse Fellowship is scheduled from 13th to 29th April 2024 at Somaiya Vidyavihar University Campus. The show is an extraordinary celebration of the diverse talent and creativity of recent art graduates from across the country.

The Immerse Fellowship stands as a beacon for emerging artists, offering them a unique platform to highlight their artwork. With a focus on inclusivity, it is dedicated to empowering artists from various parts of India like Jabalpur, Bihar, Kashmir, Goa, and beyond, providing them with unprecedented opportunities to exhibit their talents to a wider audience.

Siddharth Somaiya, Co-Creator of The Immerse Fellowship, speaking at the inauguration said, “As IMMERSE is presented by Somaiya Vidyavihar University, pedagogy is the raison d’etre of the fellowship we run in collaboration with Al-Qawi, Natasha, and Shaleen. Beyond understanding the art world at large, our residency aims to empower artists with practical tools—copyright law, documentation/ archiving, artist statements, pricing strategies, and public speaking. We recognize the valuable role that art schools play in nurturing creativity and technical expertise. Our approach seeks to enhance this by providing a holistic framework that encompasses not just the making of art, but also the cultivation of an artist’s identity and vision, bridging any gaps that may exist in traditional curriculums.”

Somaiya Vidyavihar University in collaboration with Al-Qawi, Natasha Jeyasingh, and Shaleen Wadhwana extends its unwavering support to these budding artists, recognizing the importance of nurturing creativity and innovation. Through The Immerse Fellowship, SVU offers comprehensive support, including funding for travel and art making, access to open studios, residential programs, workshops, and exposure opportunities. Remarkably, this support comes without any commissions during the sale of artworks at the IMMERSE Annual Show.

Participants from the previous editions of The Immerse Fellowship have witnessed remarkable success, with many securing solo shows in prestigious galleries across India. The Fellowship and the exhibition serve as a springboard for emerging artists, propelling them into the spotlight and opening doors to endless possibilities in the art world.