Children’s Biennale

Children's Biennale

Programmes for young learners

The Children’s Biennale is an initiative of the Kochi Biennale Foundation to contribute to the development of art education in India. It is an attempt to engage young learners and initiate them into art appreciation and art-making. This is intended to be platform for all stakeholders – learners, facilitators, parents and institutions – come together to explore fresh perspectives on and innovative methods of art engagement. The Children’s Biennale will have specially designed programmes with a focus on conceptual learning through art. The programmes will be inclusive and is meant for learners with different needs and of multiple age groups. This edition of the Children’s Biennale will include pre-visit and post-visit workshops in local schools, guided tours designed for specific age groups, and working with local schools for differently abled children to design and develop need-based engagements such as touch tours for the blind and workshops for facilitators. In addition to this, the Biennale will host learning groups from across the country and have online engagements that can be facilitated remotely for groups unable to visit the Biennale. For more information, write to [email protected]

Clint Memorial Exhibition



Edmund Thomas Clint

Edmund Thomas Clint was born to a modest family from Kochi, Kerala, and he started to draw at the tender age of six months. The floor and walls were his canvas. He loved gazing at the sky through his window, revealing a subtle appreciation for colours.

Coloured chalks gave life to Clint’s first drawings and as he grew up, he explored his artistic talent through a variety of materials ranging from sketch pens to oil paints.

Clint’s drawings unveil a profound understanding of colours, an astonishing visual memory and the ability to recreate his experiences genuinely – aspects worthy of fame for such a young boy.

He was deeply drawn to religious and mythical subjects: a large variety of his drawings depict events of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, while his favourite subjects were Ganapati and Abhimanyu.

Clint suffered from kidney disorder, which later led to his death. Because of his illness, the boy was mostly confined to his home, spending most of his time observing life and nature around him, of which birds occupied another vast repertoire of works. Those were mostly drawn in a lone space.

In just seven years, he had done about 25,000 paintings and drawings, and participated in 13 contests. At the 13th contest, he won against 8,000 child artists.

Before he went into a coma, he asked his mother to read out a passage on the crucifixion.

“Amma, I might suddenly fall asleep. When you call me I might not answer. Don’t be scared. I’ll be sleeping,” Clint said. An hour later, he went into a coma, passing away on  April 15th, 1983, at the young age of seven.

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 will showcase an exhibition of select works of Clint during the inauguration of Children’s Biennale segment on December 16. The exhibition will be held at the new art gallery, Cosmopolitan Cult – Art and Discourse. The gallery is situated inside Heritage Arts, an antique store in Jew Town, Mattancherry, that has attracted antique lovers and tourists from across the world.


Title: Drawing the city – building a visual vocabulary that represents ideas about urbanism

Workshop leader: Corinna Dean

Dates: Jan 31, 2015 and Feb 1, 2015

Time: Jan 31, 2015 from 10 AM to 2 PM
Feb 1, 2015 from 3 PM to 5.30 PM

Age group: 12 to 14 years

For further information, please contact Revathy Nair +91 9847107021