Let's face it. India, with its wealth of arts and culture, is a fabulous place to engage in creativity. Whether you're an established artist, or someone who wants to learn and experiment, there's a place to stay that caters for everyone. These 6 accommodations and hotels in India with a focus on artists will give you some inspiration.
One of India's top eco friendly hotels, The Dune also has a special space dedicated to creativity and culture. Its Artists in Residence program provides work studios for artists from all around the world. Artists can live, meet, work and discover India's artists and craftsmen there. The program is offered for one to three months, from December to February, and again from June to August. It's open to any ideas, art and nationalities. Artists are also encouraged to explore different mediums.
This quaint cottage designed by a German architect has three themed bedrooms, each with a studio, and a three bedroom apartment for longer stays. The Blue Factory Centre room is decorated in the theme of Jaipur's famour blue pottery. The Artists Pride room is based on arts of mixed media including textiles, toys and other artifacts carved from wood. The Writer's Retreat room has a bay window which overlooks the main garden. Projects include textiles, pottery, jewelry making, and painting. Rooms are 1,800 rupees per person, per night including breakfast and pick up from Jaipur airport. Internet and cell phone handsets are also provided free.
One of Goa's top homestays, the Only Olive is a century old three bedroom Portuguese villa that's been lovingly decorated by the hosts. Its sprawling garden, picturesque view, and Artists In Residence program make it a wonderful creative place. The Artists in Residence program acts as a medium for artists to get in touch and exchange ideas with other artists and craftsmen. Individual bedrooms range from 3,000 to 3,500 rupees ($65-75) per night. Continental breakfast is included. Submit your work to get a discount on accommodations.
At the Art Escape, every human being is considered an artist. This inspiring getaway is located on the beach in Benaulim, South Goa. It offers simple bamboo huts and a diverse range of workshops to bring out the artist in you, including painting, African drumming, photography, pottery, and theater. The Art Escape is a small part of a bigger picture called "The Inspire Commune", which has been created to facilitate, motivate, and nurture all forms of art and design. Rates start from 1,400 rupees per night, breakfast included. There's a wide range of packages, combining workshops and residency, available.
Swa Swara is a health resort, located at one of India's best beaches, that aims to nurture mind, body and soul. The resort offers a special Artists in Residence program with talented artists who take up residence and share their energies with guests. Guests get to interact with artists, and experience everything from pottery to painting. Other activities include yoga, meditation, and Ayurvedic rejuvenation. Seven night packages cost around $2,350 for a double, including meals, accommodations, and all lifestyle activities excludng ayurveda. A minimum stay of five nights is required.
This one's especially for serious artists. Sanskriti Kendra is a cultural center and working space for individuals engaged in sustained creative endeavor. It's operated by Sanskriti Pratishthan, a non-profit organization and charitable trust with a focus on reviving the arts and culture. An international artists' residency program is offered, giving artists access to three on-site museums and Indian craftspeople. There are eight residential studios for painters, sculptors, and writers. Each costs $40 per day, including board. Dormitory style accommodations are also available, which are suitable for workshops. A minimum 20 day stay is required. Artists are discouraged from attending during June to August due to the monsoon season.