International Print Exchange Programme (IPEP), India is a non-profit initiative through which printmakers share their work with each-other across the globe. Participants individually exhibit the IPEP compiled portfolio in their respective locations and get to add it to their own collection. Consequently, their work gets exhibited internationally. IPEP boosts networking among printmakers and creates awareness about printmaking as an art form among its viewers.
Since 2013, this initiative has spawned a community of 295 participants from 45 countries contributing a fantastic run of 90+ exhibitions around the world.
As a founder and director of IPEP India, Rajesh Pullarwar attempts to bring together artists in various stages of their careers on an equal aesthetic footing, irrespective of their works’ commercial value. His idea of artist’s exhibiting their own portfolios, a highlight of IPEP India, was a result of his drive to keep prints out of closets.
As an artist he uses print, paint and mixed-media installations in his work. Rajesh completed MFA from Sir J. J. School of Art in 2002 and was awarded the ‘Most Promising Artist’ of 2005 by the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai. He has several exhibitions, awards and commissions under his belt.
Pradeep Patil spent an equal amount of time in fine arts while graduating in the applied/ commercial streams. His further training in communication design makes him an apt associate director for a programme as wide and diverse as IPEP India. He has contributed majorly in building IPEP India’s image and wide reach.
His education from Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai and National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad are complemented by interests in Indian aesthetics, movement arts, animal care, permaculture and free and open source software(FOSS), enriching his practice as a communication designer and educator.
Lina Vincent is an art historian and curator with over 20 years’ experience in arts management. Her unconditional guidance keeps IPEP India on its track.
She completed an Archival Museum Fellowship through India Foundation for the Arts for Goa Chitra Museum, and is working on a documentation project ‘GOA FAMILIA’ for Serendipity Arts Foundation. She also leads the ongoing Piramal Residency Artist Incubator Programme. Her other projects include ‘GOOD FOOD India’; ‘Tabiyat: Medicine and Healing in India’; ‘Morphology of Archive: Connected Histories of Goa’. She is Associate Curator with ARTPORT_making waves, and Chief Program Designer, Visual Art & Design for Sublime’s ARTEd, Bangalore. Lina has a BFA and an MFA from Bangalore University.
Sanjay Kumar with his spacious Studio Pannadwar have constantly supported and sheltered IPEP India in all its ups and downs.
Born in 1964, Sanjay studied painting from College of Arts and Crafts, Patna University in the year 1988. He was awarded Research Grant by Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi in 1992-1993 and the Junior Fellowship, Department of Culture, MoHRD, GoI, in 1995- 1997. He received a gold medals in 1985 in the Youth festival, Patna organised by Govt. of Bihar and Premchand Yuva Mahotsava, Kalakar Sanghrash Samiti, Patna in 1986. Sanjay has held numerous solo exhibitions at Nehru Center and Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai and has been part of many group shows like Regional Art Exhibition, Lucknow 1989, Contemporary Artists of Bihar at Ravindra Bhavan, New Delhi 1989-1990.