HH Art Spaces
An artist residency space and curatorial collective founded by artists Nikhil Chopra, Madhavi Gore and Romain Loustau at Arpora, Goa in 2014, later joined by Shaira Sequiera Shetty and Shivani Gupta. Heritage Hotel Art Spaces, or HH Art Spaces as it is more colloquially known, primarily hosts performance artists and collaborates with other arts organisations to provide a platform and visibility to performance art in India.
HH Art Spaces is housed in a building built in Goan-Portuguese style of architecture and includes studios and living quarters for the artists in residence. The residency programme at HH Art Spaces, called OPEN Studio, was operational from 2014 to 2020. Performance artists as well as those working in adjacent fields such as music, dance, food and theatre were invited from all over the world to live and work together to create site-specific pieces. OPEN Studio programme was expanded internationally in October 2016 as OPEN World, when the HH Art Spaces team took over a farmhouse in Cezaredas, Portugal and held short residencies for various artists; their work was periodically presented by HH Art Spaces collective at Giv Lowe Gallery, Lisbon. Between 2014 and 2018, HH Art Spaces held informal gatherings of artists — called Get Naked — during the monsoon months, offering artists a space to hold performance sessions and other artistic experiments before an audience without judgement and the pressure of a formal presentation or exhibition. Between 2017 and 2018, HH Art Spaces was one of the art residencies available to the winners of the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation’s Fine Art Award, and during this period hosted four emerging artists.
Today, HH Art Spaces largely functions in a curatorial capacity, organising exhibitions, performances and facilitating collaborations among artists and institutions. Since its inception, it has worked with KHOJ International Artists’ Association, the India Art Fair, Sunaparanta Goa and Chatterjee & Lal gallery in Mumbai. In August 2020, HH Art Spaces was incorporated as a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) firm in Panaji, Goa with Chopra and Shetty as directors.
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