Weaving is the work of the heart and the mind, not only the hand.’ CHAMPA SIJU, artisan.
This exhibition is a celebration of a wider exchange project known as Threads. Artists from Wales and artisans from Kachchh in rural Gujarat have shared studio time and field trips, community traditions and personal experiences. Skills rooted in generations of textile practice and impressions forged by open minds and new horizons come together to give this exhibition heart and soul. It presents new work by Rajiben M. Vankar, Champa Siju, Julia Griffiths Jones, Eleri Mills, Laura Thomas and Louise Tucker. Threads is produced by Ceri Jones, Fieldwork in partnership with cultural development organisation Khamir.
Symposium: October 10th 1.30-5pm, Cinema, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Private View: October 10th, 6pm Gallery 1
Join us for an afternoon of Indian Threads, encounters and conversation at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Thursday 10th October, followed by the official opening of the exhibition with drinks at 6pm.
Impressions, inspirations and influences that have shaped the current exhibition Threads will be shared by those involved with the wider project.
Featured artists Julia Griffiths Jones, Eleri Mills and Laura Thomas, visiting museum director Avni Sethi and Threads curator Ceri Jones will offer insights into their own India Wales journeys. Expect plenty of wonderful visuals.
Julia and Laura undertook residencies in rural Gujarat, Eleri in Delhi and the Himalayan foothills. Avni is the director of Conflictorium Museum in Ahmedabad and supported the Threads artisans, Rajiben and Champa, through their residency experiences in Wales. Avni has in-depth knowledge of the craft communities in rural Gujarat. Ceri has worked with Khamir, a craft development organisation in the region, to grow the project.
Booking essential please online or via box office
Donation on the door please