Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), part of the University of Edinburgh, will be running a series of events over the month of November to highlight its connections with creative practice in India. With screenings, talks and events from early November onwards, ECA will showcase exciting work and ideas in contemporary Indian art, design, and innovation.

Schedule of Events 2018

5 Nov | Journeys Documentary: Koi Sunta Han | Hunter Building, Lecture Theatre O17 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm 

12 Nov | Journeys Documentary: Had-Anhad | Hunter Building, Lecture Theatre O17 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

13 Nov | India Trek Presentation | Hunter Building, Lecture Theatre O17 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm

15 Nov | Screening: "Nana: A Tale of Us" | Atrium, Alison House | 6:00pm - 8:30pm

19 Nov | Journeys Documentary: Chalo Hamara Des | Hunter Building, Lecture Theatre O17 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

20 Nov | India Series Lecture: Culture and Craft in a Digital Age | Hunter Building, Lecture Theatre O17 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm

21 Nov | India Series Lecture: India in Images: Curation of contemporary photography in the sub-continent | Hunter Building, Lecture Theatre O17 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm

22 Nov | India Series Lecture: Rich Design in Installation and VR | Atrium, Alison House | 6:00pm - 7:30pm

26 Nov | Journeys Documentary: Khabira Khada Bazaar Mein | Hunter Building, Lecture Theatre O17 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

29 Nov | National Galleries Lecture: India and the World: A History in Nine Stories | National Galleries Scotland: Hawthornden Lecture Theatre | 6:30pm - 8:00pm



A particular highlight of the Season will be in the week of 19th-23rd November, where we host three leading practitioners from India, talking about their work within the current art and design fields in the subcontinent:

Ishan Khosla is a designer based in New Delhi, working across a range of design disciplines. He has been described as one of the 100 Best Contemporary Graphic Designers in the world by Charlotte and Peter Fiell in their book, New Graphic Design. As well as his highly regarded commercial work, Ishan has been exploring the digital future of traditional crafts and arts in India, working with rural communities to fuse their cultural heritage with modern technology to produce innovative ways of exploring their work in a digital form.

Rahaab Allana is the curator of the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts in New Delhi, Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in London, and Governing Committee member of the Alliance Française in New Delhi. Rahaab is also the editor of India’s first Photography Quarterly, Pix, and will address the development of India’s current scene in photography and curation, how new photographers are choosing to show their world in still image.

Charuvi Agrawal is an animator and artist based in New Delhi, who is currently working in 3D and VR animation. While her commercial practice is pushing at the boundaries of current VR animation, she also creates award winning contemporary art installations, which combine imposing scale with painstaking small details in execution. Charuvi will discuss her current work, which shows how new artistic voices are beginning to be heard in Indian animation, a field which has until now worked more as a service industry to Western productions.

This season develops the connections with India’s Art, Design, Music and Production institutions and practitioners established in a Roadshow visit to Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi in April 2018.

Over the course of the season, we will also feature screenings and discussions of documentaries exploring the legacy of the 15th century mystic and poet, Kabir, within modern India. The season also presents a second chance to see the acclaimed film “Nana: A Tale of Us”, the first feature from Nagaland to be shown on an international stage, and the winner of 2017’s Edinburgh Festival of Indian Film and Documentaries. 

We also hear from the staff and students who spent some time in Mumbai and Gujarat in May this year on an ‘Indian Trek’, following the path of cotton production in India from field to catwalk.

The Season also marks the award of an honorary degree to Sabayaschi Mukherjee, Director of the (CSMVS) Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales Museum), Mumbai. Dr. Mukherjee will also deliver the "India and the World: A History in Nine Stories" talk at National Galleries Scotland about the cultural impact of museums on communities in cities.


Roadshow visit

This season develops the connections with India’s Art, Design, Music and Production institutions and practitioners established in a Roadshow visit to Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi in April 2018. Four ECA academics – Professor Edward Hollis, Dr Andrew Connor, Dr Yuthika Sharma and Yati Durant spent a fortnight discussing the artistic disciplines and practices with educational institutions across all three cities, including Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, National Institute of Design, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Pearl Academy, Indian School of Design and Innovation, School of Planning and Architecture, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Whistling Woods International Film School, Bangalore School of Music, and the True School of Music.

Contacts were also made with artists, designers, architects and musicians across all three cities, while the four participants were also delighted to take part in discussions and talks organised by Avid Learning.

For more details on the ECA India Season please contact Dr Andrew Connor at andrew.connor@ed.ac.uk

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