Art residency & mentorship program by Dr Wendy Gers, international curator,
at the luxury riverside cottages & art residency center, For A While,
operated by Debapriya Dam & Artist, Shalini Dam, in the Indian Himalayas.
06 Sept - 03 Oct 2020
Luxurious twin sharing rooms with en-suite bathrooms / WIFI
Shared ceramic studio & other workspaces
FOOD & BEVERAGES
Fresh home-cooked meals with local produce
Morning / Evening tea / coffee & evening snacks
Organised excursions, village activities, nature treks etc
Pick up from Kullu–Manali Airport
Price: USD 3 500.
Your inspiring residency
For a While
For A While is situated in the Tirthan valley near the Great Himalayan National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage listed ecozone is spread over an area of 1,171 square kilometres at an altitude that ranges from 1500 m to 6000 m. It is home to over 1000 flora and more than 375 fauna species including the endangered musk deer and the western horned tragopan.
A nature lover’s paradise, the valley is popular with trout anglers. Other attractions include the unique 'kathkuni’ vernacular architecture, colourful local customs and festivals, trails and day treks that take you wonderful lakes, waterfalls and high altitude meadows. From river-crossing to mountain biking to trekking, a whole lot awaits you in the valley.
FOOD & ACCOMMODATION
Riverside living in a Himalayan Village
For a While is a riverside lodge with comfortable cottages surrounded by apple & apricot trees. The cottages, made with local materials like pine wood, stone & slate, offer spectacular views of the valley. Residents share luxury twin sharing rooms, with en-suite bathrooms. Free wifi is provided on the property, however, this is a remote part of India so the network can be unpredictable & limited.
For meals, you can expect a mix of interesting local specialities, pan-Asian favourites and global cuisine. Meals are offered buffet style and include seasonal greens and local produce. Upon registration, we will ask you about your preferences or food allergies and will be happy to organise our menu accordingly.
ART FACILITIES & SCHEDULE
A relaxed environment & variety of comfortable work spaces
The shared studio offers gas kiln firing and raku firing, apart from slab rollers, kick wheels and electric wheels. Other workspaces are available & residents can also work outdoors, enjoying full access to all the public areas on the property.
The atmosphere is easy-going, and a typical weekday starts at 9:00 in the studio. We break for lunch between 1 & 2 pm, and continue till 5pm. Residents are welcome to use studios after hours & on weekends, but without the assistance of Shalini.
Explore the local terrain and culture
The program has been designed such that you have the weekends free to participate in activities planned for you to explore this beautiful valley.
Optional activities include:
Artist, gourmet chef & local guide
Shalini Dam, delved full time in Ceramics after a two-decade-long career in advertising. She has done her Masters in Ceramics from Cardiff School of Art Design, Cardiff Metropolitan, Wales, UK. At present, she practices ceramic at her studio in a remote village in Himachal. In 2017 she was awarded the second prize at the 20th All India Studio Pottery Exhibition organized by AIFACS. Recently, she participated in the Indian Ceramics Triennale - Breaking Ground, 2018, India’s first ceramic Triennale. She has also been selected as one of the 302 artists for the GICB in 2019.
Shalini will share any of the knowledge she has accumulated over her years of practice. This will be done with demonstrations and workshops depending on the needs and interests of individuals and the group.
An ex-advertising professional, Debapriya Dam, quit the corporate life to escape the city, embrace a more fulfilling lifestyle, and follow his real passion, food. A chef extraordinaire, the one thing Debapriya loves more than cooking is feeding people.
An avid bird watching enthusiast, he will be happy to share his knowledge of the local avian life with you. If you get a chance, we suggest you seek him out to accompany you on a nature walk. Dam will help you explore the unique culture of this quaint village and share interesting insights about the region.
Your inspiring residency
Invest in & grow your art practice
VISAS & HEALTH
What to do before you go
All tourists to India need to apply for an e-visa in advance of travel, available from indianvisaonline.gov.in.
An e-visa costs approximately USD 75 or GBP 57.
For India, it is essential to have up–to–date 10–year boosters for diphtheria, polio and tetanus. Typhoid jabs are optional. Malaria risks are very low in Himachal Pradesh.
All travellers should ensure they have adequate travel & health insurance.
All residencies are offered on the basis of obtaining sufficient enrollments. Residencies may be cancelled if the minimum viable number of enrollments is not obtained. In this unlikely event, participants will receive full reimbursement of all payments received. An extensive Terms and Conditions brochure is available to download.
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