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Beach Road, Kunnumpuram, Alleppey, Kerala, India


Artpackers.Life - an international art hostel

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We are endeavoring to create a social space conducive to cultural and ideological exchanges by bringing travelers and artists under the same roof.

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Beach Road, Kunnumpuram, Alleppey, Kerala, India

Concept

A platform for existing and emerging artists (including designers/performance artists/sculptors/Installation Artists) to explore the depths of their talent in an environment custom made to the purpose in congruous with the ethnic and traditional footnotes of God’s own country and nestled in the heart of the Venice of the East. A unique and firsthand opportunity for backpackers and seasoned travellers to experience the process of art making (by by the gifted under the same roof where one can also converse with serious artists in an amalgamation of exchange of cultural and traditional insights, values and approach on various aspects of art leaving either parties with a rich manifesto of not just art but also the philosophical and cultural outlooks across the globe.

Encouraging and promoting ethnic art (coir works, canoe crafting yards, coconut craft works) and walks/cycle tours across heritage lanes, spice warehouses and fishing villages as an addendum to the existing tourism value of Allepey which predominantly revolve around houseboats and backwaters.

Premises

The proposed site for the Art Hostel is a heritage building built in the 1930’s, lies a few footsteps away from Allepey beach at an important crossroad on the beautiful Wagjis Road. Inspired by the Dutch architecture the structure is located along the length of the canal and has a colourful past associated with it. Elevated wooden ceilings, intricate and traditional wood detailing with its tiled roof lends an exclusive and innate character to the building. It was used as a studio by All India Radio for many years and thence as a primary school in recent past; the remnants of both which are still visible. The site has an open yard shaded by a central tree which provides for an excellent platform of an outdoor communal area capable of being used for art installations and activities.

Whats going on now

We acquired the property on a 10-year lease and have currently started the renovations and revamping works. While preserving the essense of the building and the original architecture, we intend to minimise the construction and demolition works. Presently, all the expenses are being met by our 'Hostel Fund' which we have saved towards in the past few years; which accummulates to about 50% of our current estimate.

Considering the building is significantly old and of heritage value, on-going works include :

  • Renewing broken roof tiles to arrest water leakage.
  • Repairing broken bits in the false wooden ceiling.
  • Demolition of deteriorated wall plastering (lime) and replastering the walls with cement and water proofing the bathroom area.
  • Waterproofing of the sunshades.
  • Erecting partitioning walls for bathrooms and plumbing works of same

What work remains after

  • Building accesories including staggered beds and lockers for dorms and private rooms.
  • Building a full fledged kitchen to cater for breakfast and cafe
  • Constructing and decorating outdoor community space for travellers
  • Develop space which can used for art workshops/ artist workspaces/ galleries.
  • Develop a reception area which is in harmony with the building.
  • Marketing and social media campaigns

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The building for the Art Hostel

The building for the Art Hostel

Traditional wooden stairway leading to the first floor

Traditional wooden stairway leading to the first floor

Veranda on the ground floor

Veranda on the ground floor

Remnants of the dutch architecture on the building

Remnants of the dutch architecture on the building

View overlooking the canal (which was used as a waterway for commercial goods transportation)from East-side of the building

View overlooking the canal (which was used as a waterway for commercial goods transportation)from East-side of the building

veranda on the 1st floor with the traditional Kerala styled wooden  ceiling under the roof tiles

veranda on the 1st floor with the traditional Kerala styled wooden ceiling under the roof tiles

Room used as Recording Studio by the All India Radio being converted into a Private Room

Room used as Recording Studio by the All India Radio being converted into a Private Room

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Vivek Lilladhar
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ArtPackers Hospitality Pvt Ltd.
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Kochi, India
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About

We are two friends who schooled together and over the years developed a common penchant towards travel and art (though we are not great artists ourselves!). From being in awe of the backpacker hostel experience, we now aspire to open our own brand of international art hostels and promote our concept - ArtPacking, a term we came up with to describe the fusion of art making and backpacking.

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ArtPackers Hospitality Pvt Ltd.
Location
Kochi, India
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About

We are two friends who schooled together and over the years developed a common penchant towards travel and art (though we are not great artists ourselves!). From being in awe of the backpacker hostel experience, we now aspire to open our own brand of international art hostels and promote our concept - ArtPacking, a term we came up with to describe the fusion of art making and backpacking.

Team Members

Jobin Wilfred

Director

Been sailing around the globe as part of the merchant navy for the past 9 yrs pursuing his passion of travelling and exploring different cultures.


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