Author and Sculptor representing Northern Ireland on Indian adventure
An acclaimed author David Park and a textile sculptor Lauren Scott are making final preparations for their upcoming journey to India.
With support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council, David has been invited to speak at the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival, while Lauren will undertake a month-long Vedaaranya artists’ residency at the Ramgarh Shekhawati Rajasthan. The visits are part of new links forged with key cultural institutions in India by the Arts Council and British Council as a platform for creating, sharing and promoting the creative arts.
The 10th annual Jaipur Literature Festival is among the world’s leading literary events attracting authors, publishers and book lovers from across the world. While there, David Park, will be attending a number of festival events, as well as reading from his novel The Poet’s Wives, which was chosen as Belfast’s One City One Book read in 2014.
During her time at Ramgarh Shekhawati Rajasthan, Lauren Scott will draw inspiration from Indian culture, heritage and wildlife to create a body of animal sculptures. She will learn from local craftsmen traditional textile techniques such as natural dying and beadwork and create metre high, freestanding sculptures with silk, sari fabrics, as well as teach her specialist Irish Craft skills to underprivileged young people.
Sonya Whitefield, Arts Development Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland , commented:
“David and Lauren will be travelling out to India this month as the first in a series of residencies we have planned with cultural institutions there in 2017. These residencies are about providing new learning experiences for our artists, as well as giving them a platform to showcase the immense talent and creativity Northern Ireland has to offer. Both David and Lauren will be wonderful ambassadors for Northern Ireland and we wish them every success with their trip.”
Colette Norwood, Arts Manager, British Council Northern Ireland commenting on the opportunity said:
“British Council is delighted to continue to offer a series of artist residencies in India, in partnership with the Arts Council. The festivals and Indian cultural organisations we are working with provide vital opportunities to celebrate our artists internationally and this year, we are also delighted that for the first time Northern Ireland is a guest of the Jaipur Literature Festival, the world’s largest literary festival”.