Here's Your Guide To The Best Art Galleries In The City
Art plays a very important role in the city. With more than eight art galleries, Chennai sees several art exhibitions that take place frequently. Who goes for these exhibitions you ask? Well, Chennai has a niche crowd of art enthusiasts and aficionados who don't hesitate to spend money on some of the most expensive and original paintings that are sourced by these galleries from different parts of the world. Check out this list to know the best art galleries in the city that have some beautiful art pieces hanging on their walls.
Hidden in one of the by-lanes of Nungambakkam, Apparao Galleries is one of the most well-known galleries, not just in the city but around the country as well. Initially called The Gallery, this art space was launched in 1984 and is pioneered by Sharan Apparao. From contemporary artists to budding painters, everyone gets a chance to showcase their work at this pace. The art collectors throng this place during a new exhibition as they get some of the best and rare art pieces from this gallery. Besides exhibitions, they have workshops for the art lover inside you.
With the spotlight on Indian culture and heritage, DakshinaChitra on East Coast Road is one of the top places on our list. A project of the Madras Craft Foundation, DakshinaChitra was founded in 2005 and since then has had many art shows on a weekly basis. Giving an opportunity to the regional artists is one of their main objectives. Their photography exhibitions are one of their highlights. They also have folk and performing art programs during the festive season. Do take your little ones to this place to give them an insight of the village life in the different states of our country. Interesting workshops like pottery making or terracotta toy making classes are a hit in the city.
Forum Art Gallery
Paintings, photography, art installations, cartoon art, ceramics, you name it, Forum Art Gallery has done it all. But what sets them apart is the fact that they have also had several musicians and dancers perform along side curated exhibitions. Started by Shalini Biswajit and Biswajit Balasubramanian, the gallery was launched in 1997. Their art symposiums, workshops, poetry reading and storytelling sessions are a not-to-be-missed event. Their workshops for children let the little ones discover more about the art world.
Cholamandal Artists' Village
Get transformed into the creative world as you step into the Cholamandal Artists' Village. Located on the East Coast Road, this village is the brainchild of painter KCS Paniker. Dig up the history and you will know that the 10 acres where the gallery now stands, was just an uninhabited stretch of sand in the fifties. It was the artists who built the houses, studio and the gallery itself. The Cholamandal Centre for Contemporary Art is a standing exhibition that has personal contributions by artists for the 'Madras Movement'.
Focus Art Gallery
Get lost in the world of paintings at Focus Art Gallery. They have paintings in different medium and one of their hit exhibitions was the Threads of Compassion which had art work done by differently-abled people. From senior artists to contemporary painters from Chennai, Focus Art Gallery has on display paintings by various artists.
The reason why Preeti Garg started Gallery Veda was to make art more available and not intimidating. The idea behind the gallery was to take it to the masses and not just for the niche market. In this attempt, she plans exhibitions throughout the year and sees artists from different pars of the country contribute to the gallery. Gallery Veda has two branches - Nungambakkam as well as OMR.
ArtWorld Sarala's Art Centre
Started by Bishwajit Banerjee and Sarala Banerjee, ArtWorld was established in 1965 and is one of the oldest galleries in the city. There is a lot of thought that goes into every exhibition at this gallery. Why you ask? Well, every time there is a new exhibition, the artist is invited to the city, where he engages in a conversation with art lovers and shares his thoughts on this latest line. All this over cocktails and more!