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Hop Galleries, Meet Artists & Grab Some Drinks With This New Art Group In Mumbai

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Carpe Arte is an art group in Mumbai that will let you meet other art enthusiasts, give company for gallery visits and even organise art studio visits.

Don't Let The Art Fool You

Carpe Arte, which is essentially an art collector’s community, is an open group on Facebook helmed by art consultant Natasha Jeyasingh and Nathan Wadhwani, a software engineer. The group is a little over three months old and is an initiative to encourage more and more people to get involved in the art scene of Mumbai.

Carpe Arte, in that sense, is for people who are interested in art, and want to understand it more. The idea is to organise visits to art studios, mobilise people for Art Night Thursday – a unique concept on the second Thursday of every month where city galleries stay open until 9.30pm {their regular timings are 7pm}.

Wadhwani, who moved to Mumbai from San Francisco tells us that he sees people’s interest in art but also realises that they are unaware how to go about it. The group steps in here simply to make art accessible to them by washing out the stereotype that surrounds art galleries. It’s a simple affair, join them for gallery visits and post that anyone is free to join in for drinks.

What We Love

Wadhwani and Natasha will be regularly {atleast that’s the plan} organising visits to art studios {iconic and new}, arrange for interactive sessions with senior and upcoming artists and more.

So far they have taken people from the group to three Art Night Thursdays – which have received really positive feedback. Natasha offers her insights and guides people on the walk – it’s just a way to make it all the more fun and interesting. All you need to do is join the group on Facebook, and stay updated with their events. It’s a great way to meet new people in the city, and discuss art. Wadhwani also adds that people’s misconception towards Indian contemporary art is that it is intimidating. Believing Indian art is at its peak currently, he hopes that the perception can be shattered through such initiatives.

They will be organising more artist and studio visits to cut the gap between the artist and the members. Members of the groups can collect art together, discuss art or just simply come out in the hope of company, and meeting new people.

So, We're Saying...

Art Night Thursdays is still a thing in Mumbai. However, if you’re looking for like-minded people to hop the galleries, or just engage yourself with the art scene, Carpe Arte is the one for you. The play of words isn’t lost on us, so Carpe Diem folks.

To join the Facebook group, go here.

Find them on Facebook here.