In­dian art ex­hi­bi­tion at gallery

Stockport Express - - News -

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

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