The story of ‘Galerie Sara Arakkal’ is the story of a great journey. The very idea of this gallery has its roots in ‘Art in crafts’, which was established in 1997, mainly focusing on reproductions, artifacts and crafts. Through ‘Art in Crafts’ had its own identity in the art field, its promoter Sara Arakkal wanted her endeavor to play a major role in the contemporary art scene in India. She felt that ‘Art in Crafts’ should diversify into a new area and promote the artists in the country, especially South India, with a special focus on young artists and women artists. It was this idea in mind that Sara established Galerie Sara Arakkal, which was formally inaugurated by the then Honorable chief Minister of Karnataka, Sri S.M.Krishna, on 29th August 2003. Within a short span of time, the gallery has found a prominent place in the cultural map of not just Bangalore, but the country at large. The gallery is being operated from a spacious, architect-designed and aesthetically constructed premise of over 1500 square feet, at BEML layout, ITPL Road, Bangalore.
While the gallery holds regular shows and art camps with important artists all the year round, it also takes shows to other parts of the country as well as abroad, thus promoting Indian art in the global art scene, which has been its mission since the beginning. Galerie Sara Arakkal makes it sure that all its shows are properly documented and fully illustrated catalogues are produced so that art lovers and artists themselves can treasure it for the times to come. Apart from art promotion, the gallery has also undertaken large sculptures and mural projects by eminent and upcoming artists for corporate establishments like the Biocon Group of India, GEBEL etc. A gallery that promotes Indian art in the international formus, Galerie Sara Arakkal has conducted curated shows in many part of the world including art shows at the Dubai Shopping Festival 2000; Emirate Towers, Dubai 2001; Nehru Center, London 2002; The Art House, Singapore 2006; La Galerie , Royal Opera Arcade, London 2007. It has also participated in international art festivals including Florence International Biennale, Italy in 2003 and 2005 and Arad International Biennale of Art, Romania in 2005, with award-winning entries. The gallery had a special show at Adana, Turkey,in 2007, which featured selected artists from all over the country.