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Live-streamed practical workshop event
10 November 2021, 7.30 am – 11.30 am GMT / 1 pm – 5 pm IST

An international digital collaboration between artists in Coventry, UK and Kolkata, India. An experiment in using technology, including YouTube live streaming, to support technical skills exchange across two continents.

UK-based curator Lucy Tomlins, artists Rachael Champion, Amy & Oliver Thomas Irvine and Jim Woodall connected with their India-based colleagues, artists and master craftspeople Dolon Kundu and Shyam Kamar and curator (and translator) Nandita Palchoudhuri, experienced in traditional Kumartuli clay craft techniques. Expect test conditions for this window into shared learning, taking place simultaneously at Kolkata Centre for Creativity (KCC), India and the Daimler Powerhouse, Coventry, UK, via a two-way live-link up and video projection, at once replicating and translating between the two contexts.

Special thanks to Media Mania, Kolkata Centre for Creativity and Imagineer Productions for their support with this delivery.

Research Area:
Internatonal craft skills exchange, using new technologies
Research Type:
Live-streamed craft skills training between the UK and India.

The Hand Earth Gesture Return artwork was inspired by the use of earth, water and straw around the world, from British cob and thatching, via Egyptian mudbrick, Latin American quincha, African rammed earth – and Kolkata’s Durga Puja Hindu Festival. The artwork reveals the shared cultural heritage of our diverse local community by exploring our cross-cultural connections to these materials; their uses, rituals, harvest, extraction, lifecycle and transformation.

Video title image: ‘Adaption of my fathers studio circa 1981’, 2015, Jim Woodall

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