Indian art exhibition at gallery
THE Reddish-based Arc Centre and Gallery will launch a new exhibition on September 11.
Indian Summer will showcase a form of Indian embroidery called Kantha, which began when women used recycled saris to make cushions and quilts and later began making detailed handstitched pictures of people and landscapes.
These pieces have been made by a group of artisans from Bonhoogly, a village in West Bengal and all of the pieces will be on sale during the exhibition.
Indian Summer will also feature a celebration of Roshni, a community organisation based in Raja Bazar, a crowded Calcutta slum. Roshni is run by young leaders whose aim is to transform the lives of women and young girls, tackling domestic violence, illiteracy, poor health, substance abuse and child trafficking.
Staff at Arc have been working with the leaders at Roshni to establish programmes to raise awareness through community arts, the teaching of English and ICT.
Arc is also raising funds to pay for an artist to work with Roshni. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/ campaigns/charity/ artsfor-recovery/roshniartist.
●●Women in West Bengal making the Kantha embroidery