The Curatorship programme was initiated in 2007 with the objective of developing the discourse and discipline of curation in India and generating critical pedagogies sensitive to different regions in India. The programme was supported by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust in its first two years.
It was started in collaboration with four nodal centres—KHOJ, New Delhi; Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia; Katha Centre for Film Studies, Mumbai; and the Association of Academics, Artists and Citizens for University Autonomy, Vadodara - each bringing a distinct richness of experience and expertise to bear on the programme.
A significant outcome of the programme was the preparation towards an extensive curriculum on curation drawing from five thematic workshops and colloquiums held across different regions in India. Another important outcome was the establishment of a website, curateart.in which draws from the rich materials gathered and generated through the programme, with the objective of making knowledge freely accessible to the public and research communities.
Between 2007 and 2012 the programme supported five grants, disbursing Rs 1.2 crore to the field.
It closed in 2012, having completed some of its objectives, due to lack of funding. However, the roots of our current Archival and Museum Fellowship emerged out of the impulse of making an impact on the practice of curatorship in the country, as embodied by the Curatorship programme.