Gond art bull in green and orange

Watch an Indian Gond artist at work

Watch an Indian Gond artist at work

See contemporary Gond art painted on large panels by international Indian artist Venkat Shyam – part of Te Papa’s celebration of Diwali, the Indian festival of lights.

  • When Fri 21 Oct 2016, 10:30am–Sat 22 Oct 2016, 3:30pm
  • Where
    Te Papa Foyer, Level 2
  • Cost Free event

An unique opportunity to see Indian artist Venkat Shyam demonstrate the making of Gond art in Te Papa’s Foyer.

Venkat Raman Singh Shyam


Venkat Raman Singh Shyam, 2016. Photograph by and courtesy of Venkat Raman Singh Shyam

Venkat’s work has taken him all over the world and recently featured at the Asian Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane.

What is Gond art?

Traditionally produced by the Gond people who originate in Central India, Gond art is big, bright, and bold. It’s often characterised by trees and animals, and its meaning is rooted in animistic folktales and the culture of the Gond people.

Throughout the week, you can see contemporary Gond art created before your eyes – and even have a go at colouring some designs yourself.


Tue 18–Fri 21 Oct 2016

10.30am–12.30pm & 1.30pm–3.30pm

Sat 22 Oct