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Upcoming Textile Art Exhibition

Posted by The Art Ministry Team on May 30, 2007

The talented Textile Artist Amarjeet Kaur Nandhra has gone from strength to strength. She is currently working on a project that promises to be both exciting, highly original and deeply affecting.

Amarjeet’s work is a delicate balance; a relationship between the powerful message that is always present and the desire to create work that is aesthetically appealing. With this in her minds eye, her project focuses on social aspects of humanity: codes of behaviour; rules set out to govern aspects of our lives; and its penetrating effects on individuals and the society as whole.

However, the truly original aspect of this project is Amarjeet’s strength of placing herself in her work – she brings her own experiences into being. She has explored the complex rules of Sikhism, parenting and relationships. The techniques she currently uses range from screen-printing, discharge, machine and hand embroidery. Each process is skilfully layered to produce a visually stunning and moving piece of work. All this within the creative aspects of Textile Art – who said that meaningful art was dead?

This body of work has been created as part of Amarjeet’s final year of the H.E Diploma in Stitched Textiles at East Berkshire College. We wait with abated breath to see the final exhibition. The exhibition runs from Wednesday 20th June to Saturday 23rd June from 10am to 6pm. Private View is on Tuesday 19th at 6.30pm at East Berkshire College, Windsor Campus, St. Leonard’s Rd, Windsor, Berkshire.

The annual Windsor exhibition has achieved a high profile and has attracted many visitors over the years. It is a showcase for students studying on the H.E. Diploma in Stitched Textiles, City and Guilds Embroidery and the Advanced Embroidery workshop. It is an amazing opportunity for like-minded people to indulge in a feast of exciting, original and beautiful textiles.

Amarjeet also teaches the Advanced Embroidery workshop at East Berkshire College, an exhibition of her student’s work will be on display. This would be an excellent opportunity for visitors to see the work created during the course, to talk to the students and Amarjeet. Not only will visitors be able enjoy the wonderful exhibits but it also provides a chance for some retail therapy. As tradition has it, the exhibition also attracts a number of textile and art traders selling a range of supplies.

Finally, Amarjeet is involved in an exciting venture with the London Transport Museum Textiles Project. It will be four textile-based workshops with South Acton Skills and Arts Collaborative (SASAC), who are based in Bollo Lane. The group consists of mostly women, from a diverse range of ethnicities drawn from the Acton estate. They meet up to take part in activities, mostly sewing and improve their English. The women have worked on similar projects before. The dates are not yet finalised, but intend to be in the last two weeks of July or the first two weeks of August.

We will of course keep you informed on any developments of Amarjeet’s extraordinary creative life!



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Who Collects Art – Ahmed Jamal

Posted by The Art Ministry Team on May 24, 2007

Ahmed JamalIn this week’s Art & Design Zone, we have the pleasure of bringing to you an in-depth interview with Ahmed Jamal in our “Who Collects Art” series. A celebrated film director, Ahmed talks about his private art collection and his love of visual arts and cinema.

Who Collects Art is an insight into Private Art Collections, from the bizarre to the more traditional, and their Collectors. In this series of articles, we talk to collectors from the Forbes 100 list, celebrities to everyday people, with an aim to demystify who collects art, why and how they bring it into their everyday lives.

Ahmed Jamal is an established British director with several award wining feature films and ground-breaking television documentaries. His film “The Journalist and the Jihad” has become a reference point for a Hollywood feature on the life and murder of the journalist, Daniel Pearl. Ahmed met with us at BAFTA and we spoke at length about his passion for film and his collection of paintings and contemporary art. We hope that you enjoy reading his interview as much as we enjoyed talking to him.

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