Artdemic, is an online platform for up-and-coming creators from South Asia, set up in collaboration with The Gujral Foundation. What started out as an open call format to support artists during the pandemic, quickly evolved into what is now a digital space for discovery and showcasing of fresh talent.
These creators, when given the right opportunities, have incredible trajectories, and Artdemic is here to be a part of their journeys. Watch this space to stay up to date with all the exciting projects we have planned across the visual arts, film, music, theatre, and more.
Artdemic is and always will be a community driven project serving cultural curators. Since its inception in May 2021, Artdemic has received an impressive number of artworks submitted to them by creators through an open call format. So far, Artdemic has received 5000+ submissions, featured 300+ creators and awarded 25+ creators.
The open call which gave birth to this creative universe was the Pandemic open call, which ran from 24th May to 16th August 2021. Two creators were awarded a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 (each) per week for a duration of 12 weeks. Through this open call, creators were asked to submit artworks that they created during the pandemic. They received incredible artworks through the open call submissions – each week a number of creators' works were showcased and the winners of the week were announced.
The winners of Artdemic’s first ever open call were: Isha Itwala and Vivek Das (Week 1); Chathuri Nissan Sala and Amar Limboo (Week 2); Anant Jain and Sarthak Chauhan (Week 3); Aishwarya Das and Shailesh Chavda (Week 4); Chris Basumatary and Manisha Agrawal (Week 5); Nayanjyoti Barman and Naphisabiang Khongwir (Week 6); Bibhu Nath and IlIesha K & Deep Deka (Week 7); Aakash Dubey and Sarban Chowdhury (Week 8); Satyanarayana Gavara and D.Priyanka (Week 9); Kunal Naskar and Pulak KR Sarkar (Week 10); Jayeeta Chatterjee and Archana Singh (Week 11); Kanika Nagpal and Achintya Bhattacharya (Week 12).
The second open call was the Freedom open call, Artdemic showcased two pieces of work every single day from the 19th of August till the 5th of September. The winner of the open call was awarded a Rs. 15,000 cash prize. The Freedom open call was one that called for artwork relating to any and all sorts of freedom, political or individual, from ideologies to conceptual thoughts. Creators were asked to use the space to express freely what freedom meant to them. Tito Stanley was announced the winner of the Freedom open call on 6th of September.
The third open call was the Vuedemic open call. Vuedemic, the film counterpart of Artdemic, in collaboration with The Gujral Foundation and Harkat Studios were delighted to present an all-encompassing selection of unique audio-visual work, in a 3-day online short-film festival from 17th – 19th September 2021 on the Harkat Live platform.
The first ever Wild Vueing Weekend was very well attended and took audiences through a range of films, exploring both the art film space as well as narrative shorts. Coming from a variety of makers, these films were loosely tied by their introspective approach and artistic nature. Harkat Studios created the programme for the festival and the films screened at the festival were selected through submissions received through the open call.
The jury consisted of the talented teams at The Gujral Foundation and Harkat Studios. There were exciting prizes up for grabs for the filmmakers who came first, second and third during the Wild Vueing Weekend.
Vuedemic was thrilled to announce the winners of the 1st edition of our Wild Vueing Weekend - Better Man by Mrinal Bahukhandi was awarded first place. After seeing all the amazing films they decided to name two films in second place - Leaving Home by Harshil Bhanushali and Makara by Prantik Basu. Under The Rug by Nayanika Chatterjee came in third place.