Kashmir Art Quest has been
working towards the advancements of arts, artists, art education and community development in
conflict-hit Kashmir ever since its foundation in August 2009. It is one of our
foremost goals to create a situation in Kashmir where an international art scene might exist. We celebrate a culture of innovation and
creativity and strive to foster creative and cultural entrepreneurship in the
region. We realize the critical significance of creative expression and free
speech for the social and cultural evolution of human civilizations and
therefore ensure that each of our projects is an open space for free artistic
expression and acts as catalysts for dialogues across all sections of the
We are still the only
independent arts organisation working actively in Kashmir.
Milestones achieved so far:
Established Jammu and
Kashmir's first and largest annual contemporary art show. We have shown
hundreds of works by over 200 senior and emerging artists of the region since
the debut show in 2010.
International art exchange programs and relevant shows.
Establishment of a small
Project. (in progress).
Film screening events and
1st Kashmir International Film Festival in collaboration with Loudbeetle.in.
Collaboration with several
local and international organisations, businesses, corporate, and so on.
Supported the establishment
of other art-groups and promotion of several other social-organisations.
Online art shows and
initiatives have reached thousands of people in over 120 countries across 6
Seminars, workshops, talks
and other educational projects.
Other international and
local projects of diverse nature – and still growing.
In summer of 2009, two
friends, studying at that time in Mumbai, came together to organize an art
exhibition in Srinagar, Kashmir. The scale of the exhibition became ambitious
during the planning phase. Some said overambitious - especially considering the
situation in Kashmir - the conflict, the social issues, the absence of
stability, lack of infrastructure, and zero funds. By early 2010, they were
joined by 2 more friends. With a cocktail of innovation, passion for change and
love for the arts, topped by determination and patience, the group launched its
debut show, Quest for the finest Artists of Kashmir, in June 2010.
The 2-day art exhibition
showed over 200 works by 40 emerging and 9 senior artists. The event became the
largest art show in the history of J&K. By the end of the second day
thousands of people had visited the event. The next day, fresh violence erupted
in Kashmir – what is now unofficially called the 2010 Kashmir unrest. 112
people died that year. Kashmir is still one of the most militarized zones in
The state of arts in a
society strongly influences its social, cultural and intellectual evolution. We
believe in the power of art to allow exchange of dialogue and therefore create
a space to promote peace and harmony. With this belief Kashmir Art Quest
continues to work as an independent artist-led organisation. We have
worked with over 500 artists worldwide and executed some of the most extraordinary
projects locally and internationally creating endless opportunities for the
artists. Our network of artists, coordinators and volunteers continues to grow
Kashmir Art Quest was
formally established as a trust in 2011, with Syed Mujtaba Rizvi as the Founder and Managing Director.