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'CENTRE for Social & Political Art (CSPA)' Gallery for Art can host photography, painting and other visual art exhibitions, discussions, lectures, workshops etc and is equipped with modern-facilities. CSPA Art Gallery houses original of works of renowned photographers from India and abroad from the collection of Friends of Tibet. CSPA Library houses a collection of books in English, Hindi and Malayalam and has a selection of audiovisual media. Our collection consists of books on various issues such as Tibet, China, Human Rights, Photography, Travel, Performing and Visual Arts etc. Individuals, Institutions and Organisations can hire CSPA facilities to host events and activities falling under the category of 'Social and Political Art'.
FACILITIES AT CSPA
ALAPPUZHA, in the southern state of Kerala, India is home to many renowned artists, historians, writers, political thinkers and activists, is rightly known as "Venice of the East". It is one of the most important tourist destinations of India. Backwaters, beaches and houseboats are most sought after in this planned town of Alappuzha. Chettikad, an unexplored beach is located within five minute walking distance from the Centre for Social & Political Art (CSPA). At a distance of less than 6 kms from both bus station and railway station, CSPA is centrally located in a calm and serene environment, providing the right mix of creative environment. (Google Directions to CSPA)
CSPA GALLERY FOR ART
CENTRE for Social & Political Art (CSPA) Gallery for Art situated on the ground floor is a rubber dance floor to protect joints and also to reduce noise. Member Organisations and individuals can be hire CSPA Gallery for holding exhibition of paintings, photography, graphic design and all forms of visual art. The space can also be used for discussions and workshops or even for performing arts for a small gathering. Projector with sound system is also available on hire for use inside CSPA Gallery. (Online Booking)
CSPA RESIDENCY PROGRAMME
CENTRE for Social & Political Art (CSPA) houses four large rooms, which can accommodate 2/3 people in each room. The rooms are constructed using eco-friendly materials available locally and in the traditional manner with the right mix of elements of nature. With no TV sets in the room, Residency Programme Members can live in a creative and silent environment facing the garden space. All rooms have attached bath and balcony facility. Free WiFi connectivity is provided for resident members. (Online Booking)
CENTRE for Social & Political Art' (CSPA) at Alappuzha consists of two Libraries 'Friends of Tibet Library of Books and Films' and 'Design & People Library of Books' developed and maintained by Friends of Tibet and Design & People, two non-profit organisations associated with CSPA. The CSPA Library has an extensive collection of books on Art, Design, Society, Politics, Architecture, Human Rights, Photography, Tibet, China, History, Religion, Traditional Medical Systems etc. Library facilities are open to CSPA Associates, Members of CSPA Residency Programmes while memberships are available for individuals and organisations. (Library Membership)
CSPA-FRIENDS OF TIBET PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION
PHOTOGRAPHY collection at Centre for Social & Political Art (CSPA) houses original high-resolution masterpieces from the 'Friends of Tibet' photography collection. The collection has original contributions of renowned Indian and International Photographers including Angel Lopez Soto (Spain), Angus McDonald (Australia), Ashwini Bhatia (India), Brian Harris (Canada), Diane Barker (UK), Jaqueline Meier (Switzerland), John Ackerly (USA), Giulia Francesca Johnson (USA), Lobsang Wangyal (Tibet), Kathryn Culley (USA), Manuela Metelli (Italy), Ken Damy (Italy), Nancy Jo Johnson (USA), Prabir Purkayastha (India), Prabuddha Dasgupta (India), Raghu Rai (India), Sonam Zoksang (USA), Suresh Natarajan (India), Vijay Kranti (India), Vikas Khot (India), T Wachs (USA) and William Chapman (USA).
CSPA-FRIENDS OF TIBET MUSEUM OF ARTIFACTS
CENTRE for Social & Political Arts (CSPA)-Friends of Tibet Museum houses rare collections of art and artifacts from Tibet. The Museum section is being made possible with the generous support from Friends of Tibet, a Tibet Support Group and a Member Organisation with CSPA. Currencies and Coins from this collection which reminds the world about the independent country that was Tibet and its cultural heritage form part of the artifacts collected over years by 'Friends of Tibet'. Centre for Social & Political Arts (CSPA)-Friends of Tibet Museum of artifacts also houses other rare collections which includes a radio used by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama.
CSPA POLITICAL CARTOON COLLECTION
CENTRE for Social & Political Arts (CSPA) houses original and prints of political cartoons by renowned Indian cartoonists. The CSPA cartoon collection includes work of OV Vijayan, Mario Miranda, Rajinder Puri, Priya Raj, Nanda Soobben, Prakash Shetty, Yesudasan, Abe Gowda, Kaak, Madhu Omalloor, Balu, Thommy, Ponnappa, Morparia amongst others. CSPA is in the process of having a digital collection of political cartoons from Indian Cartoonists from 1930-2000.
CSPA GREEN INITIATIVES
CENTRE for Social & Political Art (CSPA) Campus is environment-friendly and plastic free. Neither CSPA Campus nor the nearby village has any facility to recycle plastic. Hence Members and Residents are advised to use paper bags provided by the institution. Use of any form of flex, vinyl or plastic during CSPA programmes and events is not entertained. Resident Programme Members would be provided with free paper bags during admission under the "Paper is Prettier" campaign of Design & People.
CSPA OPEN-AIR SPACE
CENTRE for Social & Political Art (CSPA) Garden Space can be hired to conduct open air workshops, discussions etc space on any beautiful day with the right weather condition. (Online Booking)
CSPA GREEN KITCHEN
BREAKFAST, lunch, dinner and tea is available on request. CSPA Organic Kitchen in making uses locally grown and available vegetables for cooking. Sale of cola products manufactured by multi-national companies (MNCs), consumption, distribution and usage of alcoholic beverages is strictly not encouraged inside CSPA campus. This is also our commitment to our society and environment.
Centre for Social & Political Art (CSPA), Chettikad Beach Road, Pathirappally PO, Alappuzha 688 521, Kerala, India.
Tel: +91.9995181777, +91.9645817014 Fax: +91.11.47615142 Email: email@example.com
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Centre for Social & Political Art (CSPA) is a platform to promote collective involvement of every citizen to appreciate rights of all living beings. It enables the marginalised and victimised people to voice their grievances, build awareness and receive empowerment. The Centre rallies creative artists, thinkers and activists under its banner to work against all power structures. It upholds freedom of all arts and creativity. The Centre is a catalyst, inspiring all vulnerable communities to strive against the existing repressive social and political order.