Making Space, Sensing Place

Art history/ Historiography, Crafts, Handlooms, Art

Making Space, Sensing Place: Metal Smithy in Bangladesh

Follen, Steven

Issue #002, Monsoon, 2019                                                                      ISSN: 2581- 9410 In 2010, I was very fortunate to be awarded a ‘Making Space: Sensing Place (MS:SP) Crafts Fellowship’, part of the HAT (‘Here and There’) International Exchange and Residency Programme managed by A Fine Line: Cultural Practice. The MS:SP Craft Fellowship included a three-month residency programme for two artist-craftspeople from the UK, two from Bangladesh and one from India. The project offered time to undertake research and develop new work; experience and respond to museum collections, arte-facts, places and spaces; and offer opportunities to observe, work and collaborate with artists and craftspeople from the UK, Bangladesh and India.
The residencies took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh during February 2010, where Thurle Wright (Paper Artist) and I were generously hosted by Britto Arts, and at Arts Reverie in Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India, during March 2010. The artists Tarun Gosh (Painter) and Tapan Das (Rickshaw Artist) from Bangladesh and Lokesh Ghai (Textiles) from India all visited the UK between April and June of the same year. During this time there were educational workshops and projects with both the V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, London and The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire, UK. The project culminated in a touring exhibition of...
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