- Date: 11 June 2013
- Area: Midlands
Nikhil Chopra, What Will I Do With All This Land?. Credit: Munir Kabani
The programme unfolds across four venues in both Wales and England between June 2013 and April 2014, exploring the cultural and artistic relationship between Britain and the Indian Subcontinent. The four art exhibitions that make up Shakti examine the strong cultural and artistic attractions or tensions that lie beneath the more conventionally explored economic and political discourses between the UK and the subcontinent. The many important historic collections of South Asian art in this country show a degree of understanding, curiosity and admiration of these cultures.
Powis Castle, Kedleston Hall and Wolverhampton Arts Gallery act not only as dynamic settings for the exhibitions, but also as powerful protagonists. These impressive buildings house important collections of South Asian art and carry significant historical associations. In response, Shakti’s innovative and dynamic contemporary artists Nikhil Chopra, Shezad Dawood, Harminder Judge and Sharmila Samant, are creating new works in a formidable engagement and channelling of creative powers, which is one of the meanings of the Sanskrit word Shakti.
The fourth venue, Oriel Davies in Newtown, Powys is a well-established and highly regarded contemporary art space which will host a one person show of the artist in residence at Powis Castle, Sharmila Samant.
Also exhibited is a range of work from other artists with links to Britain and South Asia. Some works have been borrowed from one of the world’s most important and prolific collectors of contemporary art, Frank Cohen.
Kedleston Hall: 22 June – 31 October 2013
Powis Castle: 22 June – 3 November 2013
Oriel Davies: 14 September – 6 November 2013
Wolverhampton Art Gallery: 16 November 2013 – 4 April 2014
Shakti will be accompanied by a rich programme of special events in each venue, including talks, live arts, music, workshops, screenings and artists’ performance. For more information about the Shakti exhibition programme and opening times please click here.