Art is rarely seen as “entrepreneurial” in Nepal. Despite being such a rich country in culture, art, music, dances, traditions, We rarely see startups that talk about revolutionizing the art space in Nepal and making it better, more accessible, and reach a larger audience. To cater to this problem, The Changemaker Club presents “Art and Entrepreneurship in Nepal”.
Art and Entrepreneurship in Nepal
There are endless possibilities when it comes to Art and Entrepreneurship in Nepal. We have mentioned a few areas in which entrepreneurship can do wonders for Art in Nepal. These are not ideas, mere a way to get you thinking in the right direction and get the creative juices in your head flowing. Also, these beautiful artworks are from young Nepalese artists we love and support. Just click on the images to see more of their works.
The art industry in Nepal is highly fragmented and unorganized. Unlicensed work of artists, absence of proper marketplace, and countless other problems are the major hindrances in the upliftment of the art economy of Nepal. We need a startup that could possibly integrate the art ecosystem in Nepal to bring it together and make a visible at an individual level of consumers and artists, at the country level, and the global level.
Nepali art, artifacts, handicrafts, decor items, etc are of exceptional quality. The only thing that lacks is the availability of a proper marketplace for buying and selling art products.
Take It Global
The diverse range of art that is found in Nepal is certainly very amusing to the world outisde. From Traditional Mithila Painting to modern contemporary art, attractive stationary, handmade artifacts, wooden and metal works, everything is found in Nepal quite readily. We need to make an effort to make it available to the world.
Proper marketing and promotion are necessary. Several campaigns, partnerships, and projects in collaboration with international art spaces – museums, galleries, exhibitions, etc can help us take Nepali art to a global platform.
Art education is almost pristine whereas Art enthusiasts are in a huge number. There is a huge market possibility here. Art education does not only mean going to schools and teaching kids how to draw and paint but also establishing the fact that art is therapeutic and helps in maintaining good mental health.
This could include conducting art workshops at companies to enhance employee engagement, for stress relief, and higher job satisfaction. This could also involve providing certifications to students who have done well, or to people who are now equipped to run their own art classes.
Gharmai Productions, a startup by Anugraha Ghale, 18 is planning to work on this project in 2021. Read about her interview
A country filled with mountains, lakes, and adventure sports, art usually comes second for tourist attraction. However, we need to make sure that it is always there. This again happens with proper marketing, awareness, and promotion. From creating unique art experiences for the tourists to helping them meet local artists and see how Nepali art is made, art tourism also holds a lot is entrepreneurship opportunities in the art space in Nepal.
Technology and Art
The infusion of technology in anything only makes it better. The art-tech space in Nepal is still at a very nascent stage. From building a space for artists and lovers to hang out/collaborate to building an online auction platform, there is a lot that can be done.
3D art designs are making a buzz in the world these days. Use of AI and Machine Learning can completely transform how people see traditional art forms. Augmented and Virtual Reality(AR/VR) show promising potential too.
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”, said John Keating, my captain, one afternoon and I have looked at life different ever since. So, art, music, poetry(Not that they are different) can be a good place to start your entrepreneurship journey,
Anugraha Ghale, an eighteen year old Art Entrepreneur in Nepal inspired me to write this blog on Art and Entrepreneurship in Nepal. Here’s a link to her interview. It was so inspiring and moving to see such fresh perspectives towards entrepreneurship in Nepal. Youth like her show us that there is better future that lies ahead of us.
Meet Anugraha Ghale an 18 year old entrepreneur- Gharmai Productions
Anugraha is a young, powerful Gen Z Art Entrepreneur in Nepal. Read her interview with The Changemaker Club where we talk about her startup journey, her plans for Gharmai Productions and so many other things.
She has big plans to change the art space in Nepal and also believes her startup can bring Mental revolution through art.