Neha Kirpal

Founding Director

India Art Fair - India

Neha Kirpal is the Founding Director of India Art Fair – India’s premier Modern and Contemporary Art Fair – which launched in 2008. She has been instrumental in establishing the fair as a one-stop destination for Indian art at a global level, creating the first ever world-class platform for showcasing Indian art, whilst also providing an avenue for international galleries, artists, curators, museums and collectors to experience the Indian artistic landscape and emerging art market. Over the last seven editions, the art fair has expanded in both scale and scope, whilst programmes around the art fair have expanded to include speakers forums, educational outreach, community access programmes and wide ranging collateral events throughout Delhi.
 

In 2015 she founded the India Arts Council, a private sector-led initiative that will build bridges for public and private collaborations at a pan-Indian and international scale, working on large and small arts initiatives that will collectively generate value across Indian cultural society.

 

Neha has been a member of the FICCI National Advisory Committee for Art and regularly advises corporate entities on art initiatives. She is recognised as a successful young cultural entrepreneur.

 

Neha was born and brought up in New Delhi, India. She Studied at Sardar Patel Vidyalaya followed by an undergraduate B.A (Hons.) degree in political science from Lady Sri Ram college, New Delhi. Throughout her school and college life, Neha was the official coordinator from her institutions for SPIC MACAY, the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture among Youth is a non-profit, voluntary, apolitical and participatory movement of young people. Over the next few years she pursued her career in marketing communications and secured a postgraduate masters degree in marketing for the creative industry from the University of Arts, London.

 

Her time in London inspired her greatly to engage with cultural initiatives and she decided to move back to the country to set up India’s first International Art Fair. Neha’s vision for the art fair and now with the formulation of the Arts council is to create community engagement programmes that integrate cultural initiatives into mainstream society and build a platform for access and education.

 

The pioneering work led by Neha Kirpal over the last seven years has contributed to not only establishing India on the international art map but also in building a strong and sustainable ecosystem for the arts in India.