We ensure nationwide distribution and consistently organise outreach initiatives across the country with the launch of each issue.
As part of its outreach initiatives, TAKE periodically organises panel discussions, seminars, writing and curatorial workshops, and residencies around South Asia on the themes and concerns that charge its various magazine issues. The magazine has organised symposiums, panel discussions and artist talks within South Asia to coincide with the launch of each issue of the magazine, as a part of the efforts to start conversations outside the printed matter, and in order to acknowledge the fluidity and polemic inherent to the discourse. Symposiums such as ‘The Biennale is Everywhere’, ‘Take on Residencies’, and artist talks with Kiran Subbaiah, Jitish Kallat and Sudarshan Shetty, have received wide acclaim. We have been partners with several landmark events and initiatives in the region such as Experimenter Curators’ Hub (since 2011), Insert 2014, Art Scribes Award (since 2012), Sarai Reader 09: Episode 1, 2 and 3, Amrita Sher-Gil National Art Week, Delhi Photo Festival, among others.
TAKE has been invested in sustaining critical writing practices in India through the series of workshops and the TAKE on Writing ensemble series. This endeavour was conceptualised to initiate continuing dialogue among contemporary art writers and critics by connecting peers who could potentially exchange ideas, and offer each other critique and feedback. As writing can be an isolating process, the idea of a critic-community has been an on-going concern for TAKE, and in terms of its relevance, has over the years, somewhat receded into the shadows. This has resulted in intensive destination workshops, seminars. Significant projects that TAKE has co-curated and conceptualised in this direction include, ‘Why publish? We publish!’ led by Andreas Vogel and Tania Prill at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, 2018; ‘Critical Writing Workshop’ led by Raman Siva Kumar and Skye Arundhati Thomas at the Indian Ceramics Triennale, Jaipur, 2018; ‘Critical Writing in Collaboration: Curating a Dream Project’ led by Rustom Bharucha, at the Piramal Museum of Art, Mumbai, 2017; ‘The Book – The New Writing Group’, a workshop led by Chus Martínez and Ingo Niermann, New Delhi, 2016; ‘TAKE on Writing – Critical Writing Ensemble (CWE)’ Dhaka Chapter, conceptualised by Katya Garcia Anton, OCA, Norway at the Dhaka Art Summit, 2016; CWE Baroda Chapter at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, 2015; TAKE on Writing, Critic-Community: Contemporary Art Writing at Sunaparanta Centre for the Arts, Goa, 2014; TAKE on Residency in collaboration with India Foundation for the Arts at 1 Shanthi Road, Bangalore, 2013.
TAKE has always been keen on supporting emerging art writers and researchers, who have been demonstrating extraordinary skills in their respective areas of interest. In continuation of TAKE’s commitment to art writing, and the Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council’s sustained efforts in promoting critical discourse, the first Art Writers’ Award (AWA) was announced in early 2018. The award identifies and supports one Indian writer in Visual Arts and Theatre and offer the recipient a research residency at Villa Straeuli in Switzerland for a period of upto 45 days. Through close mentorship, the writer is exposed to discourses that could further their research and build a community around their themes.