An art initiative, one of the first of its kind, Keep The Canvas Rolling – organised by Kashmir Art Quest (KAQ) began today in Srinagar – the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir.
The initiative will bring together artists and audiences from 18 cities in 12 countries around the world to engage with Kashmir and Kashmiri artists. It involves a long scroll of canvas, 33 ft x 5 ft. travelling from city to city (US, UK, China, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Malaysia, Australia, Turkey, Iran, Brazil, and Switzerland) where artists will contribute towards the work.
The work, once completed, will be exhibited at various global locations. There will be video-conferences between artists, online content sharing – and by the end – the artwork will become a permanent public installation by the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar.
KAQ has been working towards the advancements of arts, artists and community development in Kashmir ever since its foundation in August 2009. A book will also be published documenting the whole process and with writing by artists, critics and curators. The participating artists are from prestigious institutions of art, with a very well established and serious practice. In Kashmir, renown artists like Masood Hussain, Iftikhar Jaffar, Naushad Gayoor, Shafi Chaman, Yousuf Naqshbandi, Arshid Sauleh, among others will participate.
The project is being supported by the Jammu and Kashmir Department of Tourism. Redstone Films as visual contents partner and The Kashmir Walla as the Media Partner.