01/07/11 – 14/07/11
Arts Reverie In Ahmedebad India with Pushpa Kumari.
As part A Fine Line’s ongoing ‘Craft (Made in India): Who Cares?’ and MIRIAD Manchester School of Art.
Pushpa Kumari and Alice Kettle spent time together at Arts Reverie Ahmedebad in 2011. Pushpa will return to Manchester in 2012 to continue their collaboration. They spent 10 days drawing together. Without a common language and with the monsoon breaking around them, the drawn line became their method of communication. Pushpa introduced Alice to Madhubani techniques. They drew with a length of cotton dipped into ink and dragged across the paper to build up marks and pattern. These shared drawings became the conversations between them which Alice then developed into a stitch response on her return to UK.
These are being exhibited consecutively in Manchester for the Manchester Asian Arts Festival and at Arts Reverie in Ahmedebad International Arts Festival.
The residency was followed by 2 exhibitions;
Arts Reverie, Ahemedebad, India 13/10/11 – 16/10/11
‘Drawing the Line, Extending the Line’
The Holden Gallery, Manchester
28/10/11 - 25/11/11
Drawing the Line exhibits the work of Manisha Parekh and Pushpa Kumari, two artists, whose individual works on paper offer each artist's contemporary interpretation of traditional practice and encapsulate the tensions and powerful productivity of Indian contemporary art in the 21st century.
Extending the Line presents new works by Alice Kettle and Lin Holland made in response to their experiences in India during collaborative residencies with Manisha Parekh and Pushpa Kumari.