Art And Journalism


                            Art is born when you first touch-paper or wall with color. Definitely to show your creativity and feelings you do not need to be artist. Art express thousands of idea and perspective to observer. We have culture where art is limited to our religious values, cultural mindset, social norms, gods and goddesses, beauty of plains, hills & Himalayas. But along with modernization diaspora of art is shifting introducing new dimensions into this field.

              Initially journalism began with depicting art to people. The dissemination of information written on pictorial view gave people more knowledge rather rhetorical writings. In Nepal we have 50 years of history of beginning of artistic journalism but progress has been sluggish. There are few journalist who have taken art journalism popularly known as Lalit Kala in Nepal as professional career. There is relatively less opportunity and future scope in comparison with other field of journalism. Initially if a journalist begins his/her career as art journalist they drift apart to other fields or make art field as secondary one. The main reason might be inadequate content to share or lack of exploration of area different art like music, television, movies and others.

Speakers of the Events:


Hosted by Devendra Thumkeli, artist and     editor of Kaladristi 


Dabbu Kshetri was the first presenter and focused on “the problems and challenges in art publication.”


Kirtan Adhikari was the second speaker and focused on “the present and future of art publication.”


Phulman Bal is the Art and Culture Chief of Kantipur National Daily and focused on “the common man’s attitude and behavior towards art publications.”


Dipendra Lama, the senior correspondent at Nagarik Dainik, focused on “the relationship between an artist and journalist.

Keshab Raj Khanal, artist and art writer

Keshab Raj Khanal, artist and art writer

          Lalit Kala acts as bridge to connect artist with art. The main aspect is to make conducive environment where artist can sell, transmit, their creativity to people on one hand and promote art on other. Generally we have trend where we focus market drivenLalit Kala acts as bridge to connect artist with art. The main aspect is to make conducive environment where artist can sell, transmit, their creativity to people on one hand and promote art on other. Generally we have trend where we focus market driven journalism rather need driven. We follow philosophy what sells you sell them. The challenges how to sell news relation to art so it becomes sellable. Just we might be looking only for needs but not creativity that an art should posses. There must be proper human resource plan within media houses (audio/visual and print) so art news get some space. Not just reporting where there is events to display art but inform what really is on art “a perspective”. The approach must be holistic i.e mutual understanding, co-operation and sharing among artist and art reporter.

Future Scope of Development of Art and Journalism

  • Recognition of News
  • Focus on Diverse Resources
  • Alternative News Piece
  • Right Approach / Communication build up
  • Common panel for discussion weakness, pleas
  • Academic, research, growth, connection, and understanding
  • Proper Sector Distribution sculpture, performance arts, paintings
  • Diversification of friends

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Questions were also posed by media entities and art institutions.

                                                                             About SAFEI


             Siddhartha Arts Foundation (SAF) is a non-profit organization (est. 2011) that aims to realize the city of Kathmandu as a hub for the arts. SAF’s primary engagement has been to bring international attention to contemporary art practices of Nepal through the Kathmandu International Art Festival. Along with sister institutions: Siddhartha Art Gallery (est. 1987) and the Kathmandu Contemporary Art Centre (est. 2010), the Foundation works with various institutional partners towards its mission of nuturing a viable art industry in Nepal.

           In 2014, realizing the critical need for capacity building amongst existing and new art leaders, SAF partnered with the Centre for Culture and Development, Denmark (CKU) to create the Education Initiative (SAFEI). Through this 3-year long pilot program SAF hopes to develop a model for training art managers, curators and art critics through short, intensive workshops lead by regional and international experts.

            Besides organizing workshops, the Education Initiative offers research and project grants, placements and is working towards building a robust infrastructure for future growth, including a library and an e-learning portal.


             SAFEI builds bridges: it trains curators, art managers and art critics, who connect artists (and their work) to the public, in order to bolster community engagement with the arts and to foster a culture of art appreciation and integration. SAFEI focuses on the links, the liaisons of the industry to impact both ends of the spectrum: to challenge artists to be self-reflexive and to sensitize the public to artistic creations.

          SAFEI values are to strives for social and cultural impact. It believes in the right to culture – that the arts is most relevant in the public domain.


To train existing and new art managers, curators and art critics in Nepal through a structured program while making provisions to train trainers.

To form national and regional partnerships to support programming for continued engagement in development of the Nepali art industry.

To explore the arts and its tangents through rigorous research in order to provide valuable input for all stakeholders.

To create opportunities through collaborative platforms and financial support.

To challange existing art praxis by critically assessing and responding to current challenges in the art industry.

Download Brochure at: SAFEI-Brochure

For More Visit: 

Official Website: Siddhartha Arts Foundation Education Initiative

Facebook Page: Siddhartha Arts Foundation Education Initiative


                                                                            Events Details

               All right reserved to Siddhartha Arts Foundation for photos and information was gained by writer as a part of attending workshop. The above information is being compiled by me as part of discussion by experts in art & journalism program organised by Siddhartha Arts Foundation Education Initiative.


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