About the exhibition:
The British Council and Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum presented Folk Archive by Alan Kane and Jeremy Deller at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in 2015.
This exhibition was a celebration of British pastimes and pursuits, and demonstrates that folk art in the UK is both widespread and vigorous.
The creation of Folk Archive provided an opportunity for a cross-section of the community to have their work shown in an art gallery for the first time and included work from prisoners and community groups, gurning and barrel rolling participants, Notting Hill Carnival troupes, protesters, pop fans, bored teenagers, villagers and the homeless.
Folk Archive on the Google Cultural Institute:
Nearly a year after the unveiling of Folk Archive in New Delhi, the exhibition became part of the Google Cultural Institute platform in February 2016.
The Cultural Institute platform serves as a digital archiving tool for significant cultural activities for research and education purposes for future generations. British Council's partnership with Google was an effort to digitise the Folk Archives exhibition drawn from the collection of curators Alan Kane and Jeremy Deller.
The Cultural Institute platform allowed the British Council the versatility to curate the exhibition digitally and offer a rich sampling of the exhibits, for those who were unable to view it at the IGNCA in February, last year.
The outcome has resulted in a vibrant look to Folk Archive that can be accessed at any time on the Cultural Institute platform.