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Shrine Empire, based in New Delhi is a space for presenting and promoting contemporary visual art practices. Created in December 2008 from a merger of two existing entities which had been working together on exhibitions in India and Singapore, The Shrine Gallery and Empire Art, its inception marked the onset of a journey of commitment to contemporary art from South Asia and the South Asian diaspora for its directors, Anahita Taneja and Shefali Somani.

Shrine Empire has consistently focused on encouraging a dialogic approach with a range of emerging and eminent artists with sustained, innovative and engaging practices, and curators to produce exhibitions and special commissioned projects.

The mission of Shrine Empire is to promote artists, curators and art-writers who are invested in redefining the boundaries of contemporary art practice. The various curatorial narratives that have emerged from the space over the years have made Shrine Empire known for its critical engagement with political and social concerns of the contemporary.

The South Asian region consists of nation states that have been caught in each otherís historical flux: from common civilizational threads, centuries of conquests and border fluidity, to recent political crises, cinema, song and art. The gallery works with artists such as Tayeba Begum Lipi, Anoli Perera, Puja Puri from the region as well as artists from the diaspora such as Priyanka Dasgupta and Gautam Kansara who have been extrapolating these ideas and identities as they linger in the contemporary.

For the past few years, the gallery has also been engaged with the Art Scribes Award that focuses on young art writers. The Gallery organizes for the winner to spend a month at an international residency. The past three winners have spent a month each at the Gwangju Museum of Art in Gwangju, South Korea, the Red Gate Residency in Beijing, China and Theertha in Colombo, Sri Lanka. From 2016 onwards the award is promoted by the Prameya Art Foundation (PRAF), a not-for-profit initiative by the galleryís directors. The 2016 17 winner of the Art Scribes will spend a month at the Chateau La Napoule, France, the residency space of the La Napoule Art Foundation.