Shovana Sarangi

Shovana Sarangi

Warli and Weave: training in the children's museum

Assistant Director, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India

During the fellowship I worked with staff at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green to facilitate a workshop for school children and adults in conjunction to the exhibition Warli and Weave. Drawing on work from Thane and Kutch in Western India the exhibition presented a special insight into two areas of contemporary Indian craft practice – Warli painting and weave. I prepared a learning pack for teachers and produced a temporary exhibition of artwork made by children in our workshop – ‘Top to Toe: Fashion for Kids’.

This fellowship presented me with the opportunity develop my knowledge of family workshops and activity-based events such as trails and design workshops, which are uncommon in Indian Museums. As a result of my research I was able to produce a family trail for the South Asian and British galleries of Victoria & Albert Museum.

Subsequently I have contributed to the Designerama-Chain of Talents, a weekend of events that celebrated the opening of Sackler Centre for Arts Education at the Victoria & Albert Museum.