Artisans rarely get an opportunity to move beyond their homes/villages for long periods of time, and as a result the reach of their imagination becomes constrained. The People’s Project Studio has been established with the aim of encouraging rural artists and craftsmen to explore and develop their artistic traditions through innovative and creative processes.

The studio offers a design course and facilities, facilitating artisans development into independent designers. This design course is conducted over a period of 25-days in a residential, urban setting.

As a residency for local artisans, the studio process includes:

  • Basic design concepts
  • Material exploration
  • Packaging
  • Concept development
with an additional focus on:
  • Marketing
  • Exhibit Design
  • Visual Merchandizing

Artists host workshops in addition to a five-day long exhibit of their works during the Open Studio Week.

The current residency is themed ‘Kaleidoscope’, and is a collaboration between the University of Technology, Sydney, and Happy Hands Foundation. The residency is on till July 20, 2012.