Arati Dinesh Kushwaha




Master of Visual Arts, Otago polytechnic Dunedin School of Art New Zealand.
Research Interests: Visual Arts, Sculpture, Found objects, Installations, Video.
Dissertation: Slow Decay: Gender Discrimination in Indian Context.



Postgraduate Certificate in Visual Arts, Dunedin School of Art, New Zealand.
Research Interests: Visual Arts, Sculpture, Found objects, Installations
Dissertation: Forbidden: Rape and Violence against Women in Indian Context.



Drawing and Painting Government Diploma. Specialization in Print making. Abhinav Art college. Pune, India.
Research Interests: Drawing and Painting, Print Making.
Dissertation: Colour Application Key focus on methods of colour applications, Western and Indian Artists theory, Body of art work.


Selected International Shows


- FiLiArt 100, Art Auction, Argentina, South America.

- International Women’s Day Exhibition, FiLiArt 100, Atelier Tammam London, UK.



- Slow Decay, DSA Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand.

- Dunedin Pride Art Exhibition, Dunedin, New Zealand.

- Oku Moana, Community Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand.

- FiliArt#100 London, UK.

- Art Week, Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand.

- Glen Falloch Night Garden, Otago Peninsula, New Zealand.



- Forbidden, (SITE) DSA Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand



- PUPRA Art Exhibition, Prague.
- Conscious, Bangladesh.
- The Story of the Creative, New York City.


Selected Solo Shows


2018 - Slow Decay, DSA Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand.

2006 - Pradarshak Art Gallery, Khar West Road, Mumbai. India.

2005 - Pradarshak Art Gallery, Khar West Road, Mumbai. India.


Selected Group Shows



The Lombardy Charitable Trust Sculpture on the Peninsula, Christchurch, New Zealand.



- Dunedin Pride Festival, Dunedin, New Zealand.



- Site forbidden, Dunedin New Zealand.



- Nvya Art Gallery, New Delhi. India.



- ICAC, Ravindra Natya Mandir, Mumbai. India.
- Women’s Day special show, Pune.India.



- The art value gallery, Delhi India.
- Ahmedabad-Ni-Gufa art gallery, Ahmedabad, India.
- Unconscious, Bangladesh    



- Renaissance Galleries Bangalore, India.



- Jahangir Art Gallery Mumbai, India.



- Progressive Group of, Balgandharva Art Gallery, Pune. India.
- Pune Art Show, Hotel Sun & Sand, Pune, India.
- Sudarshan Art Gallery Pune, India.



- Pradarshak Art Gallery, Khar – Mumbai, India
- Monsoon Show, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India.



Different Stroke, at Balgandharva Art Gallery, Pune India.


Artist Residency

2020 Vermont Studio Centre, VT, USA.

-TAKT BERLIN I LEIPZIG Artist Residency, Berlin, Germany.

2019 Salzburg Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria.

2019 KulturKontakt Salzburg, Austria.

2019 TAKT BERLIN I LEIPZIG Artist Residency Berlin, Germany.

2012 “CRACK” International Residency in Bangladesh.



2019 Unseen Border, Salzburg Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria.


Symposiums and Artist Talk:

2019 Unseen Border Artist Talk at Salzburg Kunstverein, Salzburg Austria.


Symposiums and Artist Talk

2019 - Unseen Border Artist Talk at Salzburg Kunstverein, Salzburg Austria.

2018 - #FiLiA100 conference Greater Manchester.
Celebrated 100 years of (some) women's right to vote - and drawing attention to the work that still needs to be done.
- Unbound: Liberating Women, symposium CTANZ.

Celebrated the power of cloth and clothes in the visual, material world and explores how women make and use these to transform and transcend boundaries.


-Kushwaha, Arati 2019, Kalamkari:

A Powerful Medium in the field of Fashion and Art Scope Art and Design18, (p.24-29). Dunedin, New Zealand.



- Kushwaha, Arati. 2018, BECAUSE I AM A GIRL, I MUST STUDY, Scope Art andDesign16, (p.20-25). Dunedin, New Zealand.

- Kushwaha, Arati. 2018, Kalamkari: Powerful medium in the field of fashion and art Unbound: Liberating Women, Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand.


Awards and Grants

Award for Excellence PUPRA (Pune- Prague) Art Object and Happening 2004. 
Merit Certificate in National Art competition, India. 2003.
Manav Sanket Academy (Ujjain) India. 2002
Special Award for Found Objects, International Creative art Centre, Mumbai India. 2013.

2020 -Merit Grant Vermont Studio Centre, USA, VT.

-Jan Warburton Charitable Trust (JWCT) Grant, Dunedin, New Zealand.

2019- Art Grant offered by the Austrian Federal Chancellery in cooperation, Vienna, Austria


2017 Video Workshop, Dunedin school of Arts, New Zealand. 

2004   Manav Sanket Academy (Sangam), Madhya Pradesh. India.

2004   Happening ‘PUPRA’ (Pune- Prague) Youth Exchange Program with
Prof. Dagmar Subratova (Umprum, University Praha, Czech Republic.), Hana Posdora (Praha, Czech Republic.)

2019 -Salzburg Kunstverein, Salzburg Austria.


Video URL

Forbidden 2015 is a such video that refers to an intense awareness of identity as a woman and interest in feminine problems. Along with the sound and non-verbal media, this video is challenging one for the viewer because of the concentration required to understand the concept.


Vulnero is a Latin term literally meaning damage. Vulnero is colour video installation of 15:41 duration without sound. Vulnero (2018) shows the silence of the discriminated girl child whose voice is not heard. The piece is silent and non-verbal and captures the brutal treatment and silent destruction of the girl child in society.








Teaching and Mentoring
Worked as Art Teacher in Army Public school: 2006-2007

1 years 6 months of experience as an Art Teacher in Army Public School, Pune India.


Key responsibilities handled

• Understanding of visual art.

• Understanding of diverse social and cultural constructions of identity.

• Understanding student characteristics, abilities and learning styles.

• Making informed selections of art content and curriculum.