Art for Concern was initiated by Concern India Foundation in 1998 to promote Indian art and create a platform for upcoming artists to showcase their work. It also provides the perfect opportunity to art connoisseurs to buy works of upcoming artists along with masters of art.
ART FOR CONCERN EXHIBITIONS
The Art for Concern exhibitions display the work of both established and promising artists, at affordable prices. It is an excellent platform for upcoming artists to showcase their work and gives art enthusiasts an opportunity to build their collections, all the while giving to charity.
Approximately 14 Art for Concern shows are held across India each year in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune, Gurgaon and Ludhiana, with the brand going to new cities with every passing year.
The Eclectic Art shows have been recently introduced and cater to art buyers interested in higher value art by established artists, with shows taking place in Mumbai and Delhi each year.
The Art for Concern Annual Charity Auction has carved a niche for itself among the most elite art events in India. It was initiated in aid of Concern India Foundation in 2001 when the Indian art market was still at a nascent stage.
With the overwhelming support of well-established modern and contemporary artists, the prestigious Art for Concern Annual Charity Auction has enabled art collectors to acquire high-end artworks from renowned artists.
It promotes Indian art, but more importantly, it contributes to the socio-economic development of the underprivileged sections of our society. It is heartening that artists renowned the world over are connected to local causes and development. Art for Concern has found support from several masters of the field, among them Badri Narayan, K. H. Ara, Akbar Padamsee, Lalu Prasad Shaw, T. Vaikuntam, Prafulla Dhanukar, Gurcharan Singh and Jayasri Burman.
TRADITIONAL & FOLK ART
In a country with such a vast collection of traditional and folk art forms, they barely receive the exposure and patronage they require to stay relevant. Art for Concern’s Traditional and Folk Art exhibitions attempt to showcase these indigenous art forms and artists, and ensure that their legacy endures.
The show brings together traditional art from across India, giving a window of exposure to the dying forms that represent the fascinating folklore of each region. Here you will find terracotta plaques unique to Molela, a small village on the banks of the Banas, next to Kalamkari from Andhra Pradesh. Madhya Pradeshi Gond works hang beside striking Chola bronzes from Tamil Nadu, Phads and Pichwais from Rajasthan, Mata ni Pachedis from Gujarat and Kalighat paintings from the East.
The approach is therefore to represent Indian folk and tribal art on a prominent scale, with exhibitions held in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore and Chennai each year. It is a lucrative endeavour for the artists, who receive a mutually agreed upon portion of the sales; and getting the opportunity to showcase their work in a prominent gallery space with access to a range of buyers they would not otherwise be able to tap.
ONLINE ART EXHIBITIONS
With the success of our Art for Concern exhibitions that display the work of both established and promising artists at affordable prices, we now take these shows into the online realm through our exclusive online art exhibitions. The aim is to give upcoming artists an opportunity to showcase their work to a wider national audience and give art enthusiasts from cities where we may not be physically present an opportunity to build their collections, all the while giving to charity.
ABOUT CONCERN INDIA FOUNDATION:
Each year, the Art for Concern Annual Charity Auction endeavours to raise financial resources for Concern India Foundation, a registered non-profit organisation. Set up in 1991 with the belief that given an opportunity, people have the power to change their own lives Concern India Foundation aims to help the disadvantaged become self-reliant and works towards “helping people help themselves”.
Starting small, by extending support to two grassroots programmes in Mumbai, today Concern India Foundation has spread its reach to 7 cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Pune. It provides financial and non-financial support to over 300 grassroots programmes working in the areas of education, health and community development bringing about a positive change in the lives of thousands of beneficiaries including children, youth, women, elderly and the physically and mentally disabled.