Pallavi Paul, <i>Long Hair, Short Ideas</i>, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Project 88, Mumbai

Reimagine India Funding Success

AV Festival is please to announce it has been awarded £98,823 from Arts Council England’s Reimagine India programme.

We have been awarded funding to work with partners including Project 88 and the Clark House Initiative in Mumbai to develop ambitious new works by three major contemporary artists working in India today. Work by Raqs Media Collective, Pallavi Paul and Prabhakar Pachpute will be produced and developed at locations across India in response to George Orwell’s book ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’ and his legacy in India. The commissions will be presented as major solo exhibitions at the next edition of AV Festival in early 2018. 

Reimagine India is a cultural exchange programme investing in creative collaborations between art and cultural organisations in England and in India. Its purpose is to create new work and to build sustainable networks and partnerships between artists and cultural leaders in both countries, as well as to develop an intercultural dialogue and strengthened cultural relations based on this exchange of ideas, knowledge, work and artistic practice.

AV Festival is one of two organisations in the North of England to be awarded Reimagine India funding as part of Arts Council England's international programme. Nicholas Baumfield, Senior Manager for Arts Council England in the North said:

“International relations have never been more important. With Arts Council support the successful applicants in these schemes will show that culture has a vital part to play in the contemporary world."