Following a series of art writing workshops organised by TAKE on Art magazine as part of the TAKE on Writing Series conceptualised by Bhavna Kakar, an outreach initiative to foster the practice of critical art writing in India, we present a four day workshop on art writing in conjunction with Breaking Ground, the first Indian Ceramics Triennale at the Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.


Writing Object:

Skye Arundhati Thomas

15th – 16th November, 2018

This workshop invites participants to choose a single object as their focus. Taking cue from writer and artist Travis Jeppesen’s idea of ‘object-oriented writing’, which he conceives as ‘a writing that attempts to inhabit the object, rather than merely describe or judge it’, the workshop hopes to expand our approach to objects in a gallery or a museum. We will produce small portraits of our chosen objects, where the writing may be fictional, literary, poetic or lyrical.


Reading Art, Writing Thoughts:

R. Siva Kumar 

16th – 18th November, 2018

Taking K G Subramanyan’s terracotta murals and reliefs as a case study, the workshop will explore the challenges and possibilities of writing on individual works or a closely-knit body of works from different perspectives. These possibilities will be explored through a plethora of discussions and writing sessions involving close reading and analysis of the artist’s work, and the participants’ response to them.


Last Date for submissions: 5th November, 2018

Dates for the workshop: 15th – 18th November, 2018

For more information about submissions, write to

Application Requirements:

  • A motivation letter (400 words) explaining your interest in the workshop.
  • A short bio (150-200 words) and detailed curriculum vitae.
  • A recent writing sample.


  • Emerging art writers and critics with a keen interest in material-oriented writing and contemporary Indian ceramics.
  • There is no age limit.

It is essential that the participant must attend all days of the workshop.

This workshop is free of charge. Accommodation and transportation to and from Jaipur will have to be arranged by the participant.

*Applications for this workshop are now closed.



R. Siva Kumar

Raman Siva Kumar is an Indian contemporary art historian, art critic, and curator. His major research area revolves around early Indian modernism, with special focus on the Santiniketan School. He has written several important books, lectured widely on modern Indian art and contributed articles to prestigious international projects.

Siva Kumar was awarded the Kesari Puraskaram for art writing by the Lalit Kala Akademi, Kerala in 2010. He has also curated major exhibitions like ‘Santiniketan: The Making of a Contextual Modernism’, and ‘The Last Harvest: Paintings of Rabindranath Tagore’ and retrospectives of important Indian artists, such as Rabindranath Tagore, Benode Behari Mukherjee (co-curated with Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh), and K G Subramanyan.

Skye Arundhati Thomas 

Skye Arundhati Thomas is a writer and editor based in Mumbai. She is a regular contributor to Frieze, ArtReview, Artforum, ArtMonthly and is Contributing Editor at The White Review.

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TAKE on Art, one of the leading art magazines from India and the region, has been invested in sustaining critical writing practices in India not just through its own capacity as a publication but also by organising initiatives that try to generate discourse, and keep conversations alive. As part of this preoccupation, the TAKE on Writing series of ensembles and workshops were envisioned 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. The idea of a critic-community has been an on-going concern for TAKE, as writing can be an isolating process, and has over the years somewhat receded into the shadows in its relevance. TAKE has always been keen on supporting emerging art writers and researchers, who have been demonstrating extraordinary skills in their respective areas of interest.



The Indian Ceramics Triennale is an ambitious project which aims to showcase and nurture the growing diversity of ceramic art expression in India and to bring the best practices in international contemporary ceramic arts to an Indian audience. It is an artist-driven initiative, which has garnered support from the wider arts community.

BREAKING GROUND, the first iteration of the Indian Ceramics Triennale, is on view at the Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur from August 31 to November 18, 2018


This workshop has been kindly supported by

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