Get your art on a stamp
It can bring them out of obscure villages, where they mix colours on canvas to express their creative urge, to centrestage. Their art now has a chance of reaching millions across the world on postage stamps.
The Department of Posts and the Ministry of Women and Child Development have come together to invite young artists to create artworks themed on children’s issues, which will be reproduced on postage stamps.
“Though just a pilot project, it promises to be a new medium for the artists and provide them the encouragement they rarely receive,” said Ajit Vahadane, of the Indian Artists’ Network, who has been asked by the ministry to spread the word. The stamps will be released in September.
The brainchild of Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury, the artists will have to submit their work to the department for selection. “Because the postal department takes at least six months to print the stamps, we need the entries quickly,” said the ministry’s undersecretary C.K. Reejonia.
Though Vahadane is wary of the politics that might go into the eventual selection of paintings, he said it would encourage artists who have no platform to showcase their works.
“Artists from rural areas are so creative and sincere, but no one wants to see their work. It is a challenge, and an opportunity, to create an impression in postage stamp size. We are circulating a mail to inform all artists in our network,” he said.