Our first workshop was held at the Hilton Jaipur (42 Geejgarh House, Hawa Sadak, Jaipur, 302006; Telephone 91 1414170000) on Tuesday the 9th of January 2018.
The focus of this workshop was to collaboratively explore the conditions of water scarcity and water infrastructure in Rajasthan and to identify ways of working with local communities. Additional objectives included:
Facilitate face-to-face discussion amongst the team and exchange ideas and experiences around water infrastructures and water contexts.
Expand participation in the network through engagement of partners in Rajasthan including Indian water policy and management organisations (govt. of Rajasthan) as well as local arts organisations and artists.
Facilitate discussion about where and how Indian artists are already engaging with the country’s social issues and examine what these practices can offer to the situation of water scarcity in Rajasthan.
Discuss and develop engagement and outreach opportunities including the potential for community-oriented arts practices as a means of inquiry.
Identify collaborators and opportunities for future grant writing.
The workshop included a symposium (held at the Hilton, Jaipur), two site visits and other networking activities.
DAY 1: 9TH of January 2018 Symposium (Hilton Hotel) to explore ongoing works with water infrastructure and rainwater harvesting in Rajasthan and to discuss possible roles and contributions of the arts with respect to water scarcity and conservation.
DAY 2: 10th of January 2018 Site visit to village Pachewar, Tonk District of Rajasthan.
DAY 3: 11th of January 2018 Site visit to the village Bhandarej (Dausa District), Rajasthan.