The Making Space: Sensing Place project is a research fellowship organised by A Fine Line, in partnership with various arts institutions (Britto, V&A Museum of Childhood, Harley Gallery). Steven Follen and I are both artists from the UK, staying one month in Dakha, Bangladesh, and one month in Ahmedabad, India. Two Bangladeshi artists and one Indian artist will spend ten weeks in London, working with the Harley Gallery in the midlands and The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green in London. The project will end with an exhibition of our experiences and work inspired by the journey. To this end both Steven and I ahve been asked to keep a blog, as a record of our working process.

Steven and I with Riaz, an artist from Britto, on the roof of an old palace

Decided to keep the entries into this blog quite short and let the images tell the stories. Downloading images here in Bangladesh is a time consuming process so apologies if the entries are not always current or sequential. Please see Steven’ s blog as well for a far more in depth record of the process (www.msspfollen.blogspot.com). Steven is an artist and art educator who works primarily in metal (www.stevenfollen.com). Our approaches so far have been quite different, (Steven is an avid and very focused documenter and collector, whereas I have found myself day dreaming, reading old books and making small experiments with materials), our practices seem to compliment eachother and will hopefully make for a rich outcome. As one of the aims of project is to look at different artists/craftspeople’s traditions, practices, perceieved status etc, there is material to play with already. 

Whatever, the aims of the project, for me the space to think is really important and simply to have  time to gain a sense of place is a tremendous luxury. I think Steven and I both worry about time; producing something that is worthy of the project. One month in each place is not long enough, and the ‘otherness’ of this place so far has set my senses spinning. But it is a start. The real work will come later back at home. For now, I hope you enjoy these snippets about my time here; promise to keep em short and snappy.   

For anyone who does not know me or my work, an idea can be found on www.thurle.com. I am hoping that a few months from now there will be some very different work to see. Watch this space!

Here is more information (pasted from Steven’s very organised blog) re the Making Space: Sensing Place Project

February 2010 – UK Artists residency: Britto Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
March 2010 – UK Artists residency: Arts Reverie, Ahmedabad, Gujurat, India.
April- July 2010 – Asian and UK artists residency and educational workshops: V&A Museum of Childhood, London and The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire, UK.
November 2010 – Exhibition.


3 Responses to “About the residency”

  1. r.b.holle Says:

    i m intrested ur activity so plz……….


  2. r b holle Says:


    Norman Page
    Holle has discovered a way of returning, spiritually and creatively, to that lost world, and it is in his work that he finds the spaces that daily life does not easily provide. His paintings bring together the passions of his life: the rhythms of

    nature and music (he is deeply interested in Indian classical music), and above all the spaces of landscape and skyscape. Inside the mature artist is the village boy who looked at the fields and landscapes and the constellations of the heavens and was filled with excitement and awe at the pulsing life of their spaces.
    He was born in the remote village of kasari in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra, whose capital is Mumbai, formerly Bombay. For most westerners predominant images of India are of overcrowding—teeming streets, swarming tenements, trains and buses spilling over with passengers. But India is a large country, and the rural areas, where most of the population live, can strike the traveller as strangely empty. Outside Holle’s native village were the fields cultivated by the villagers and then the comparatively empty spaces of the countryside. These spaces made a deep impression on Holle as a child—these and the more distant spaces of the heavens, whose constellations figure in his paintings.
    At the village school he encountered books in his mother tongue of Marathi and also began to draw and paint. At this stage he was deeply immersed in village culture, and he soon helped to paint religious scenes on the walls of the local temple. An important local icon is the white bullock, the centre of an annual festival and an important motif in religious art, and these duly appeared in his early work.
    His subsequent life and career have taken him far from his native village: first to art schools in Nasik and Pune (formerly Poona), then, almost inevitably, to Mumbai. There he attended the famous and historic school of art at which Rudyard Kipling’s father was once a professor. Now he lives with his wife and son in a township not strictly within the city limits but essentially part of this huge and rapidly growing city crowded onto a narrow peninsula. “I long for open spaces,” he told me, “but I spend most of my life within four walls.” It is true that in Mumbai one is never far from the ocean, and the beach is only a few kilometers from his home: on a little table in his sitting-room are pebbles sculpted by the waves and other objects found on his walks. But in speaking to him it becomes clear that he is acutely conscious of his physical separation from the land in which he grew up and in which his imagination was formed.
    Norman Page
    Mumbai,March 2008
    ( Norman Page- Emeritus Professor, University of Nottingham u.k. He has wrote books on Modern English Literature. He is British & lives in England as well as India since 20years).

  3. jagan Says:

    Can i get ur details ?????

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