It is essential to democratise art and to have a space for the creative and wandering spirit of an artist. A new cultural hotspot in Chennai located at the plush RA Puram locality intends to do just that. Wandering Artist is a beautiful experiment in the cultural space and this becomes amply clear even as one passes through the colourful main gate and enters the lobby decked up with guitars, abstract paintings and bulbs that swing from the ceiling.
Co-founders Sriram Ayer and Kavery Poovanna have known each other for close to a decade. They shared art classes at DakshinaChitra. As we engage in a candid conversation with them, we are told that it was the location and the space that made them come up with the whole idea of nurturing art in all forms. “We were hunting for a space to start a training studio for performing arts. We had seen more than 15 places in different parts of the city and then we came across this property. We immediately fell in love with it. It is located near all the cultural hotspots of Chennai and we eventually decided to make it a centre for art,” says Kavery.
It has seven rooms, an open-air space and a gigantic lobby allocated for nurturing theatre, music, poetry and literature, fine arts, pottery, hosting lectures and workshops. In addition, it also has a lovely craft store, co-working space and a small café in the lobby.
Over the last four months, the place has become a hub for cross-cultural collaborations and a great place to catch up for the artistic fraternity. The place is open for professional artists and amateurs. “The whole idea is that everything should intermingle in this space. So a young professional who is working in the day-time at the co-working space should be able to catch up with friends over coffee in the café and then enjoy an evening of poetry or music and go back home. If you have come for a pottery workshop here, then you can also attend a session on Tamil poetry in the same venue. It is this fluidity we want to create in the art space,” explains Sriram and also asserts, “We are agnostic to culture and art form. It is an open space for anyone who wants to learn or perform art. It is meant for everyone who loves art and wants to engage in one for form or another.”
Wandering Artist has curated performances in theatre, poetry, stand-up comedy and music over weekends and classes over weekdays. To know more check out their Facebook page