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Putting the artsy foot forward: The ‘app’t way to explore Delhi’s art scene

Two Delhi girls have created a mobile app, ArtBuzz, to help people explore the city’s vibrant art scene including talks and movie screenings.

more lifestyle Updated: Nov 20, 2016 11:40 IST
Naina Arora
Naina Arora
Hindustan Times
ArtBuzz

ArtBuzz, helps you explore the city’s vibrant art scene. The app has features such as what’s on, spaces and near me.(Amal KS/HT)

Hate to miss interesting art events in the Capital? Then you’d want to thank Delhi girls Amisha Chowbey and Anubha Gupta. Their innovative initiative, ArtBuzz — a mobile application, will keep you abreast with what’s in the city’s art circuit, including talks and movie screenings.

What brought them together? “Our mutual fondness for art,” says Gupta, a 26-year-old post graduate in History of Art from Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. She has worked with Khoj International Artists’ Association and India Art Fair. “We’ve been art acquaintances for a few years. We wanted to make art accessible and our synergies met. It took us year and a half to create the app,” adds Gupta.

Anubha Gupta, co-founder, ArtBuzz

Chowbey, 28-year-old, is an art writer and a graduate from Delhi University’s Lady Shri Ram College for Women. Having contributed for several publications, she says, “Our generation doesn’t want to spend an hour reading about art. Having an app gives easy access. This app is a platform to bridge the gap between art and its audience, engaging beginners and connoisseurs alike. We’ve tied up with different galleries in Delhi to cover the exhibitions they organise.”

Amisha Chowbey,co-founder, ArtBuzz

It has sections such as What’s On, Spaces, Near Me among others, which make navigation easy. For instance, What’s On lists ongoing and upcoming exhibitions in the city, along with catalogues of select galleries (available on subscription). The spaces section provides a comprehensive list of galleries, while Near Me helps one find nearby galleries. The catalogue section showcases detailed works of an artist and one can also get queries answered via the app.

Screen shot of the app ArtBuzz.

One can also get one’s queries answered via the app. “The query button on the events page and artwork page allows one to do so. We get back to the user, with the information required,” adds Chowbey.

Introduced in Delhi and Mumbai recently, the app can be downloaded on iOS and Android phones. “We plan to expand to other cities in coming years, and make the content more reader-friendly for youngsters who perceive art to be boring. After all, they are the future art collectors and artists of the country,” adds Chowbey.