Having journeyed down the Thames and Hooghly rivers, the beautiful hand painted Silk River scrolls will now be exhibited at the Beecroft Gallery in Southend-on-Sea 2 March – 25 April 2018.
You can’t walk down a London street carrying a seven-metre tall flag without drawing attention.
Coinciding with the Isle of Wight Walking Festival & Richard Long’s exhibition, Ali Pretty will be speaking about ‘Silk River’, this major international walking project that connects the Thames and the Indian river Hooghly.
As I write now, I’m sitting outside the Jain Koti, home to the second residency this month at in Azimganj, Murshidabad. 15 artists and crafts people from West Bengal are here for 6 days to exchange skills and techniques with Kinetika artists and make five of the ten silk scrolls. Inside the hall, six-metre lengths of Murshidabad silk are laid out, wax is being heated, dyes are being mixed.
Ali Pretty, Jacci Todd, (Kinetika UK) and Ruchira Das, Naireet Basak (Think Arts) took a ten-day journey along the banks of the Hooghly to hear stories from local people along the way.