The Clore Fellowship was a breath of fresh air in my over-worked, muddled and very busy mind. Coming at a time in my career when I was so involved in the ‘doing’, it forced me to pause and think : about my work, my way of working, my attitudes to work, my strengths and the multiple risks and challenges I faced as Director of Khoj, a not-for-profit organisation for the visual arts based in Delhi. It was an invaluable opportunity for quiet self-reflection in the company of thinking colleagues and inspirational speakers. Apart from personal growth, the fellowship also helped me build lasting networks and friendships. A vibrant secondment at the Arts Council in London expanded my understanding of cultural policy and funding for the arts in the UK , simultaneously helping me think strategically about similar issues in India..
ArThinkSouthAsia ( ATSA), a programme for capacity-building for arts managers in south Asia , was but a germ of an idea when I began my Clore Fellowship. As founding director, it took concrete shape during my Clore fellowship under the generous guidance and support of Sue Hoyle. Now in its 5th year, it has 75 fellows across south Asia and also boasts of short courses not unlike the Clore Short Courses!
A privilege – the Clore experience will stay with me for life.
The Chevening Scholarships are funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.