India Art Fair
The subcontinent’s leading platform for modern and contemporary art, India Art Fair is a marquee event that brings artists, institutions, connoisseurs and collectors together at an annual pilgrimage to India’s capital city. Launched in 2008, the annual fair celebrates modern-day South Asia, presenting a blend of cutting-edge contemporary visual art with modern masters and vernacular artistic traditions. India Art Fair works with galleries, private foundations and arts charities, artists’ collectives and national museums, with the aim of placing the voice of the art and artist at the core.
Supporting arts education and professional development opportunities is among the missions of the fair, which runs a year-round programme of events aiming to increase audiences for the arts within India. Artists and art lovers alike are drawn to India Art Fair as it offers them numerous opportunities to network and discover new art.
The 2022 edition will feature over 70 exhibitors at a 12,000 square metre venue divided into five sections: ‘Galleries’, which will present works by a range of artists; ‘Focus’, which will feature solo artist presentations; ‘Institutions’, which will showcase museums and art foundations; ‘Platform’, which will spotlight young emerging artists or art practices from South Asia; and ‘Outdoor Art Projects’, which will house large-scale, interactive installations.
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How To Get There
How to Reach New Delhi
1. By Air: Delhi is well connected with domestic and international flights to all the major cities within and outside India. Almost all the major airlines have their flights operating from Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. Domestic Airport connects Delhi to the major cities in India.
2. By Rail: The railway network connects Delhi to all major and nearly all the minor destinations in India. The three important railway stations of Delhi are New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station.
3. By Road: Delhi is well connected, by a network of roads and national highways, with all the major cities in India. The three major bus stands in Delhi are Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale-Khan Bus Terminus and Anand Vihar Bus Terminus. Both the government and private transport providers provide frequent bus services. One can also get government as well as private taxis here.
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- Gendered toilets
- Licensed bars
- Sign-language interpreters
- Wheelchair access
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Woolens. Delhi gets very cold in January, with temperatures dipping as low as 5°C.
2. Comfortable footwear such as sneakers.
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations and the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
4. Medicines. Art fairs are replete with after-parties. If you are bound to do some champagne sipping across several parties in one night, it’s good to have some painkillers for the inevitable hangover.
5. A tote bag, for all those books and brochures you may want to lug back home. Art fairs have great bookstalls with deals on amazing coffee tables and art history books.
6. Cash and cards. It’s always a good idea to carry both in case technology fails us or if you want to avail of cash discounts that bookstalls give on the spot.
7. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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