In March 2024, forty-five year 5 pupils at Falconhurst School in Eaglestone will be working with the artists Kajal Nisha Patel, Vasundhara Sellamuthu and Mansi Shouche over a series of workshops designed to increase understanding and awareness of South Asia’s rich and diverse cultures through contemporary art; as well as to celebrate reuse, repurposing and regeneration in art’s making.
Kajal Nisha Patel will be using the colours and forms of flags to explore personal, cultural and national identity, its relationship to migration, and how histories are formed through family stories, photographs, mainstream and social media. Mansi Shouche will be introducing the ancient art form of Madhubani, which originated in Bihar, India and is created using pigments extracted from plants. Inspired by the illuminations in her hometown in Chennai, Vasundhara Sellamuthu will be exploring the cross-cultural use of lighting to celebrate heritage and working with the children in creating their own celebratory lighting installation at Falconhurst School.
The workshop outcomes will inform the creation of a permanent school learning resource with lesson plans, historical contextual material and handling objects that will be made available to schools across Milton Keynes and will be designed to provide practical support to teaching Key Stages 2 & 3 pupils.
The project has been curated by the artist, Tanvi Kant. Tanvi Kant will be leading a FREE Creative Professional Development session for Milton Keynes teachers as part of the project.
This work has been supported by funding from MK Community Foundation
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Image: Surplus Labour, (c) Kajal Nisha Patel
Tanvi Kant is an interdisciplinary artist who has relocated from London to Hastings, a seaside town in South East England.
Repurposing reclaimed textiles, Tanvi has been practising elemental hand techniques for over 15 years creating sculptural textiles, jewellery, installations, collage and assemblage. Her intricate works are made by transforming unwanted saris and dressmaking off-cuts through wrapping, coiling, knotting and stitching. Her hand-cut, pasted and stitched collage work layers magazine images with her own drawings, paintings and stitched fabrics. Her works explore emotional landscapes through colour-inspired, tactile and organic forms.
Tanvi has extensive experience of working with the public and community groups aiming to help people uncover their own visual and tactile stories through materials and to support intergenerational learning experiences. She leads workshops in textile jewellery making, collage and participatory textile installations.