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13 Nov 2017
Mumbai Port Trust kick-starts process to convert Sassoon dock into modern fishing harbour with urban contemporary art exhibition
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"…..Sassoon Dock to be the first shipping harbour to be modernized under Sagarmala Mumbai, November 13: Mumbai Port Trust has commenced its development plans for Sassoon dock with the inauguration of an urban contemporary art exhibition by St+art India Foundation and its 30 participating artists. “The art project at Sassoon Dock is the first phase of redeveloping the area into a modern fishing harbour by streamlining fishing activities replicating global practices. This initiative is part of the fourth pillar of the Sagarmala project to upgrade all fishing harbours across the country and modernise them. Sassoon Dock is the first step in this direction and will be developed over four phases that will lead to better sanitation and cleanliness along with promoting fish tourism and excursion. The master plan for redevelopment also includes air-conditioned fish market, creche & healthcare facility, open exhibition space and multi-cuisine restaurants,” said Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust. Sassoon dock with its historic legacy, is the oldest dock from where the port has evolved over the past 150 years. The port has been a standing testimony of the Mumbai’s evolution and this initiative of wall painting and murals and exhibiting the same is a step further in this direction. Speaking at the inauguration, Giulia Ambrogi, Festival Curator & Co-Founder, St+art India said, “Urban art can change spaces and activate important places in the city. A huge thanks to Asian Paints for believing in us and for always supporting us, JSW for spreading art across the country and Mumbai Port Trust for believing in us and giving us this space to create beautiful artworks by artists across the world.” With support from Asian Paints and association with Mumbai Port Trust, Singapore Tourism Board, Bonjour India, Institut Francais and JSW group, St+art Mumbai 2017 will mobilise artists to create murals, an experiential exhibition, performances, workshops, curated tours, screenings, talks and many more interventions, which will bring various creative communities together. The aim is to connect these areas of modern Mumbai, which seem so distant from one another, yet are part of a shared history and explore how integral these spaces have been to the cultural history and development of the city. The Sassoon Dock Art Project will be open from 11th November to 30th December 2017. Mumbai Port Trust: Playing a pivotal role in India’s economy, trade and commerce as the country’s premier port for several decades, Mumbai Port has long been the principal gateway to India. Even today, with the development of other ports, it caters to 10% of the country’s sea-borne trade handled by Major Ports of the country in terms of volume. Beyond trade and commerce, the port has always strived to maintain the ecological balance by opting for eWaste disposal, tree plantation, Botanical garden and Central Kitchen garden among others. St+art India Foundation St+art India Foundation is an organisation formed on the principle of ‘Art for All’ and works on art projects in public spaces. The aim of the foundation is to make art accessible to a wider audience by taking it out of the conventional gallery space and embedding it within the cities we live in - making art truly democratic and for everyone. Across the past 3 years, the foundation has organised 6 St+art festivals and numerous public art projects in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad creating iconic landmarks within all these cities. Each new edition of festivals and public art districts brings to civic spaces curated interventions, which are embedded in urban culture, and activate alternative spaces for art enabling people to reimagine how public spaces can be utilised. For the foundation, which has been responsible for making urban art a movement in India, public art interventions are a celebration of the street as a canvas for visual creativity."
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