With Arts Council funding British Ceramics Biennial (The Clay Foundation) in partnership with Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, brought together artists, cultural organisations and academics from the UK and India to design and deliver a multi-media residency project located in a remote rural area of Maharashtra in West India. Exploring the cultural tensions around India’s rapid urbanization the project considered the sustainability of traditional crafts practices, focussing on the perspective of Warli painting, a distinctive example of India’s contemporary arts practice.
The Heart:Beat residency culminated in a multi-disciplinary and experimental installation/event, featuring sonics, clay-work, painting, film, and storytelling, which laid the conceptual foundations for further work towards establishing a Warli Kendra (cultural centre) in the Warli village, Bapugaon. Outcomes from the residency were exhibited in Bapugaon and Ahmedabad in India, and at the BCB 2017, the Harley Gallery and Touchstones Gallery in the UK. Project legacy in the form of film, audio, and project publication extended the exchange and widened international public exposure to the project outcomes.