Words from Arts Sector

Kiran Nadar

The IPAM program aims to create a global platform, broadening opportunities for practitioners and students from all over the world, especially those with interest in Asian arts and culture. Our vision at KNMA is to increase access to art, to instigate dialogue and encourage the public to understand the value of art and culture. We are strongly committed to arts education, as we believe education has a pivotal role in building a strong cultural infrastructure, engaging people and welcoming diverse audiences.

Chairperson, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art
Tasneem Zakaria Mehta

The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum is the oldest museum in Mumbai. Since 2005, the Museum has revitalised the cultural outlook of the city. We are focused on cultural education and skill development, through our historical and contemporary exhibitions, programming, courses, workshops and internship opportunities. As a step further in this direction, we are happy to collaborate with the SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan, for the International Programme in Arts Management. IPAM addresses an urgent need for training in this field in India, as a programme specially designed for Arts Management.

Honorary Director and Managing Trustee, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Aparajita Jain

We at Nature Morte encourage understanding and appreciation of art and through direct engagement with original works promote its role in society. Looking at the current art market scenario and development in India, there is a promising opportunity for growth and boost in this industry be it the artists or the managers. IPAM is one such program that will definitely help in filling the gap and producing highly skilled, knowledgeable and sensible arts managers who will become the leaders in the field eventually.


Director, Nature Morte
Sonal Singh

Christie’s India is delighted to support the Arts Management course being run by Dr. Andrea Rurale and the University of Bocconi next year. While the essence of any auction house remains the art, sound management and an informed strategy can make the difference between success and mediocrity. Like any business, having a grasp of these two key components is essential, and I believe that is what Dr. Rurale has set out to teach during the course.


Director, India Business Development and Senior Specialist, Christie's India Pvt Limited
Pooja Sood

Now in its 10th year, ARThinkSouthAsia is an arts management, policy and research programme in the arts and cultural sector dedicated to founding and supporting a cadre of arts managers committed to the cause of capacity building in the South Asian region. Art management programmes are not only important but necessary for the sustainability of the cultural sector both in India and in south Asia. 


Director Khoj and ArtThinkSouthAsia
Sushma Bahl

The IPAM program is an important step in that direction and we are pleased to be supporting it. It would help enhance professional expertise in arts management and facilitate collaboration, networking, and sharing of best practice for innovation, preservation of cultural resources and sustainable economic development of the arts, artists and society at large.

Independent Curator and Art consultant
Dr. J.M. Dave

Akshardham temple showcases the essence of India's ancient architecture, traditions, and timeless spiritual messages. It revived the ancient Indian stone craft by utilizing the skill and artistry of thousands of artisans and is one of the finest examples of how cultural education and innovation can open the door to people from across the globe and amaze them. We have a research institute to help, guide and offer assistance to the students interested in Indian Art, Architecture, Philosophy and Religion. We are extremely pleased to forge a new collaboration with IPAM and work together to offer students a new setting for discussion and exchange of opinions.


Director, Swaminarayan Research Institute, B.A.P.S Swaminarayan Sanstha
Sanjoy Roy

Arts management in India creates the much needed governance system to be able to leverage and showcase India’s enormous diversity and talent base across the creative industries!


Managing Director, Teamwork Arts
Sara Mao

It’s one thing to collect artworks and another to sell something which has no big value in the auction format. It takes skills and the ability to play with the perceived value of the buyers and sellers. Understanding the peculiarities of this industry is something as essential as the artwork itself and I am happy that IPAM will provide a strong foundation to enhance and strength these skills.


Director, Christie’s Education Asia
OP Jain

Arts management, as I see it, is more about the management of institutions promoting the arts rather than managing art itself.  Institutions of arts and culture need to be run as efficiently as possible so that the freedoms and creativity of artists can flourish against the backdrop of a technology-driven rapidly changing global environment.


Founder, Sanskriti Foundation
Dr A.K.Shiva Kumar

India has an extraordinarily rich tradition of arts and culture.  However, institutions that promote the arts, by and large, lack professional management expertise.  A course in arts management, therefore, that helps to introduce managerial competencies into such institutions has the potential of making a significant contribution to promoting arts and culture in India.


President, Sanskriti Foundation
Archana B. Sapra

Arts4All continues to promote and encourage young emerging artists and to build support structures for research, contemplative study, independent and collaborative projects, and most importantly networking with fellow artists, enthusiasts and the art fraternity in Delhi and across India and beyond. Arts Management is something that needs strengthening in the overall art education scene here, and we welcome the initiative of MAMA to include this course here in India. 


Co-founder and Trustee, Arts4All
Jim Hart

When a performing arts manager knows how to perceive problems within their organization and offer viable and sometimes potentially lucrative solutions, that manager becomes more valuable to their organization. Similarly, if that employee knows how to perceive unrealized opportunities that their organization might pursue and can then also devise strategies of how to do so, that person may become indispensable to their company and find themselves in even greater leadership positions. These are some of the skills taught through entrepreneurial management training, offered in the MMIAM program.


Director of Art Entrepreneurship, SMU Dallas

IPAM is a platform for all those who want to gain specialized expertise in the arts management sector and contribute towards the development of this profession in India.

Founder and Managing Director, India Art Festival
Siddhartha Tagore

Art & Deal aims to connect the individual voice with the community by exploring the relationship between artists and writers. It helps creating a dialogue between contemporary critical theory and art practices, which is what IPAM also aims at doing.
We are extremely happy to collaborate with IPAM as it provides an opportunity for the Indian art lovers to get a deeper insight into the arts management field and sharpen their skills. Having a program specially designed for the arts management in India is a rare chance for those who wish to take a step closer towards being an arts manager; understanding about which is much needed with the increasing interest and appreciation for the art world in the Indian art lovers.

Publisher and Editor, ART&DEAL
Renu Sharma,

Cultural and Literary Organisation ALPIKA is deeply committed to the preservation & promotion of Intangible and Tangible Culture of India. Art and Culture represent core human values. Ancient Civilizations nurtured them, passing on the knowledge & expertise as a legacy to future generations. Now times have changed and Art has become global and goes beyond barriers. To sustain Art in today’s scenario, Managers should be equipped with managerial skills integrated with the sensitivity of an artist."

Secretary, ALPIKA
Parmesh Shahani

The cultural sector in India is in the middle of a really exciting moment. The cultural landscape of Mumbai, which was skewed towards South Bombay a few years ago, now sees diverse, indie institutions which have sprouted in suburbs all across the city. In fact, the Mumbai Culture Map (www.mumbaiculturemap.com) that was created by our Godrej India Culture Lab features over 180 such spaces! A burgeoning sector like this requires professionals who can not only manage institutions but also function as changemakers so that their curation and practices are reflective of the changing times, which is why training in arts management is the need of the hour. To this effect, we run the Godrej India Culture Lab Leadership Programme every year where we train humanities students from Mumbai through an intensive curriculum in culture studies, masterclasses, and visits to various institutions in the city, to become cultural leaders of tomorrow and are happy to see that there are other innovative programs coming up too – we need several more of these to serve this sector better!

Head of Godrej India Culture Lab