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art mela

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 Inviting diverse interpretations via versatile mediums for the theme:


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competition art brief

Look outside your window. It could be the window to the inside as well. What landscapes unfold? What stories does the city share? Especially in places where we talked, played, and celebrated. What changes do you see?

Or this could be a window of meditation and imagination. Why is this change inevitable? What changes do you wish to see? How will these hybrid changes look like? Where are you seeing those changes? Who all are doing them?

Time to energize your thoughts, embrace your views, and explore with paper, pen, and ink or color with your spectacular ideas of the world today and tomorrow. Happy Illustrating!

MEDIUM:  Sketches, Drawings, Paintings, Collages, Photographs or Photo Montages.

*Individual Participation/Entries only*


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For Schools and organisations/

Group registrations write to us at

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Each Category will be awarded two best entries. 

Prizes include  It's Play Time by Martina Spies, The People Place Project publications: People Called Shillong and City Mosaics as well as Poetry & Architecture & Myriad Disciplines of Architectural Writing  by Pappal Suneja along with a Coloring Drawing Set



Important Dates

Competition dates: July 1-31, 2020

Last date of registration: July 20, 2020

Last date of submission: July 31, 2020

Announcing results: August 15, 2020

1. What is the registration fee ?:

There are three categories for the Registration as follows:

a) Indian school Students: 150 INR  for upto 12 years age (Tie up schools INR 100, Tie up NGO's: INR 0) 

b) Indian school/college Students: 300 INR for 12-25 years age  (Tie up Colleges/Institutes: INR 200)

c) All others (Foreign Applicants and individuals aged above 25 from India either from Architecture & Design fraternity or general public): 11€ or INR 800

2.How can I pay the registration fee?

You can follow the respective links to pay the registration fee and to enroll for the Virtual Art Mela.

3. How should I enroll for the contest ? 

Register from the categories buttons above and fill the details of the Google form


Pay the registration fee and send the screenshot of the same to along with your basic details as follows

Name, Academic Status, Institute associated with, email id, Proof of age (Aadhar/PAN/Driving License or any other Govt verified document)

4. How can I submit entries ?

You need to email the scanned version/visual graphic jpeg file, minimum dpi 300 and minimum size 2MB to with a subject, Submission: Virtual Art Mela - Category of Participation.


5.What is the eligibility criteria ?

The competition and the Art Mela quest is open for all and there are no restrictions for the participation in the same


6.What is the criteria for assessment ?

Thought provoking ideas & visuals and original + authentic content. The piece of art should reflect what was going in your mind while you created it.  


Other Key Points

- Only Individual Entries allowed.

- Participants must send a self-declaration about the Originality of the entry.

- People associated with the jurors/organisers aren't allowed to participate for the winning title, however they may send a guest entry.

- Fly high in your thoughts and draw your imaginations on a paper. Happy Illustrating!

About Jurors :

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Martina Spies holds a PhD in architecture, is a builder and activist. In 2013 she and her father founded the organization Anukruti,, which builds playgrounds on vacant urban sites within slums in the megacity Mumbai. She has gained experience in international offices such as Shigeru Ban in Japan, COSTFORD, B.V. Doshi and Hasmukh Patel in India. Between 2013 and 2016, she worked as a research manager for the project Ground Up – A Dwellers‘ Focused Design Tool for Upgrading Living Space’ in Dharavi, Mumbai in one of the highest density and largest informal settlements in the world. At Studio X Mumbai, Martina Spies, in cooperation with Columbia University, was the successful curator of two international exhibitions called Dharavi: Places and Identities and Mumbai – which bring the four neighbourhoods in the slum in the middle of Megacity Mumbai alive and Let‘s play! Children as Creators of Informal Playspaces, which showcased the culture of playing in India for the first time.




Jayaraman Subramanian is a noted Indian Architect who has used his expertise acquired in the Middle East to tackle many of the large and fast-track projects such as the National Games Facilities at Hyderabad, the International Airport at Hyderabad, and the Head Office Building for Indian Oil Corporation at Delhi. He had the opportunity for working on prestigious projects in Africa and the Presidential Complex at Ghana, West Africa has become a landmark in that region. He is Currently, Executive Director of STUP group of companies, Technical Director, AEEC; Oman and associated as Guest Professor with many architectural colleges of India.




Lilo Viehweg is a design researcher and curator. Her research interest lies in the investigation of material cycles and social processes between humans and non-humans. She studied Industrial Design at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle and graduated in Product Design at the University of Arts in Berlin. Since 2015, Lilo Viehweg has also been teaching at various universities. She has held guest lectureships at the Zurich University of the Arts in Interaction Design and at Academy of the Arts Berlin Weißensee and is currently a lecturer with the COOP Design research Master program at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. 

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Prayas Abhinav is a writer, teacher and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of a startup focusing on board games and flat-pack furniture. He has worked in the last few years on numerous pieces of speculative fiction, software, games, interactive installations, public interventions and curatorial projects. He has written extensively on poetic thought as a form of lingual communication. He contributed to research and projects at northeastwestsouth (n.e.w.s) (Amsterdam, NL). He has conducted workshops at Centre for Environmental Planning Technology (CEPT) (Ahmedabad), Dutch Art Institute (Arnhem, NL), MICA (Ahmedabad) and National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad & Bangalore). In the past he led the Centre for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA) at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore. At present, he is driving the development of a volunteerism project at Ahmedabad University. 

He has developed his research and practice with the support of fellowships by Sarai, Openspace, the Center for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA), TED and Lucid. He has been in residencies at Khoj (India), Coded Cultures (Austria) and dis-locate (Japan). He has shared his work at festivals including Transmediale, 48c, Futuresonic, ISEA and Wintercamp.

About Curators :

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In the great field of Architecture, Writer & Architect Pappal Suneja personally believes that there are no Boundaries and limitations to our imagination and aspirations. Following the same, he has been an active contributor to Architectural Journalism in India with more than 150 publications and five books related to Architecture & Design to his credit till date and several accolades in Ideation based Design Competitions, Curations and paper presentations. He is a Country Editor  for and is an International Correspondent for ‘Architecture-Design-Art’ Magazine. He is also Fellowship Guide and Mentor for University of Rome; Tor Vergata, Italy. Currently, he is pursuing his research at Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Germany.  




Nisha Nair-Gupta is the Principal Architect at Design [Variable]. With varied work experience as an architect, journalist and an active participant in the public art initiatives, she oscillates between her two interests of design and writing having spearheaded the first publication and curatorial project People Called Mumbai.

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