Siddhartha Arts Foundation

After the first Kathmandu Arts Festival in 2009, the Siddhartha Arts Foundation (SAF) was founded in 2011 with the mission to promote and develop Nepali arts and culture.

Since then, SAF hosted the 2012 Kathmandu Arts Festival and the 2017 Kathmandu Triennale, and currently runs an education initiative training art managers, curators, and critics to build and support the growth of Nepali contemporary art practices.
Over the years, SAF has partnered with many artists, art institutions and organizations to host exhibitions, workshops and art projects. The Foundation has been engaged in over 60 programs since its founding, including partnering with Artworks for Change (Oakland, California) to provide a platform for sex-trafficked and abused Nepali women to tell their stories, organizaing two editions of the Kathmandu Triennale and starting its own arts education program through the Siddhartha Arts Foundation Education Initiative (SAFEI).
Manish Lal Shrestha, Project 1336m, Kathmandu Triennale 2017
The most current collaboration of the Foundation is the “Mobile Library”, a project that circulates books, reference materials and programmes on contemporary art within Nepal. This initiative is a collaboration between Siddhartha Arts Foundation & Asia Art Archive, and supported by the Foundation for Arts Initiatives.
For a complete list of Foundation engagements, please find program listing here.

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