‘Mobile library’ promoting art literature in Nepal

Mobile Library_ Nepal Bookshelves
Books, under the ‘Mobile Library: Nepal’ project, are showcased on shelves at Bikalpa Art Centre, Pulchowk. Photo: Asia Art Archive/ Mobile Library Nepal

Kathmandu, February 18

Siddhartha Arts Foundation in collaboration with the Asia Art Archive (AAA) on Thursday officially launched Mobile Library: Nepal, in their bid to promote art literature.

The foundation’s Founder and Director Sangeeta Thapa states that the project will be resourceful for art students in Nepal.

According to the organisers, this library already contains around 600 books, exhibition catalogues, periodicals, and monographs. They say the project aims to democratise and increase access to art literature.

Furthermore, they hope to increase research regarding the socio-cultural and political impacts on folk and contemporary art sectors.

“The bookshelves are designed in such a way that they can be boxed and moved around. We have invited universities and galleries to host the books, we will start as soon as we get confirmation,” informs Director of Kathmandu Triennale 2077, Sharareh Bajracharya.

The project had its soft launch in the first week of February and the mobile library is currently housed in Bikalpa Art Centre, Pulchok. Works of popular Nepali art writers like Madan Chitrakar, Yam Prasad Sharma, Ram Dayal Rakesh, Mukesh Malla, Laya Mainali, and Ramesh Khanal are there.

During this project, a series of educational discourses and programmes will be organised till November 2021, along with a range of online and on-site activities including archive-building workshops, teacher-training programmes, and pop-up exhibitions.

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