1. Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Dream a Dream
A Thriving Future for Us is a creative collaboration between Aberystwyth Arts Centre a multi-use arts space in west Wales and Dream a Dream in Bengaluru India who work with young people to develop their skills. The project will give a platform for young people age 12 - 18 from both countries to collaborate on a digital art project focusing on creating a sustainable and thriving future.
2. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Science Gallery, Bangaluru
This project will explore art and industry in India and Wales. The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea, South Wales will collaborate with organisations and individuals in India; the Science Gallery Bengaluru, a space for engaging young adults with science and the art, as well as the Museum Society of Mumbai (under the stewardship of Pheroza Godrej) and art historian Zehra Jumabhoy.
This project will explore the enmeshed industrial histories and contemporary concerns through interdisciplinary digital events.
3. Jonny Cotsen and Access For ALL
Deaf performer and creative consultant, Jonny Cotsen based in Wales and arts accessibility consultancy Access For ALL based in India will collaborate to develop a manifesto for accessible art (MAAF) where accessibility is at the apex of planning an all-inclusive arts festival celebrating artists and audiences with disabilities.
This collaborative bipartite project focuses on a digital artists’ residency for six artists with disabilities from both countries. Together they will create a toolkit about the complex issues around scouting disabled talent, provide a platform and representation of artists with disabilities, and design accessible spaces (physical and digital).
4. Kaite O’Reilly and Navtej Singh Johar
Kaite O'Reilly a playwright, radio dramatist, writer, and dramaturg who works in disability arts and culture and mainstream culture based in Wales will collaborate with award-winning choreographer Navtej Johar based in India.
The Land is calling through the body is a sharing of practice, traditions, and processes, exploring the connections between culture, body, voice, tradition and the wounded land. Two central concepts will be the Welsh hiraeth; a deep longing and yearning for the land and the Punjabi biraha; the call of the heart in separation.
Artists from India and Wales will explore these concepts with stimulus arising from the sharing of Punjabi Sufi poetry/song and traditional Indian instruments; the sarod and tabla, and traditional Welsh instruments; the harp and the crwth, alongside song.
5. Professor Marc Rees and the Pickle Factory Dance Foundation
CRO | PAN is a creative collaboration between installation artist Professor Mark Rees based in Wales and the Pickle Factory, a dance venue in Kolkata India. They will work in partnership with the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
CRO | PAN is a conversation between artists in two temporary structures to reflect and comment upon our hybrid times and imagined futures: CROMEN in Wales and PANDAL in India. The CROMEN structure will be located at the Eisteddfod site in Tregaron West Wales, where Welsh artists will respond to an immersive digital journey to the Pandals of Durga Puja in India.
The project will culminate with an installation designed by multiple artists across Wales and India that will become a pop-up venue at a park in Kolkata during the Durga Puja festival, hosting a mix of live and digital programmes involving artists and audiences in both countries. Subsequently CRO | PAN will be created as a venue for the Pickle Factory’s Season three: Take the City, hosting artists and audiences.
6. Wales Arts Review and Meta Arts
Intercut labs is a 10-month research initiative between Wales Arts Review, an arts review website and Meta Arts in India, a cultural organisation who specialise in international work. The project will pair six artists from Wales and India, who will collaborate through three virtual culture labs and create an inter-disciplinary arts production for young people to tour key arts festivals and venues in both countries.
The labs are presented with Indian project partners Kaivalya Plays, Delhi (theatre) Littlei, Kolkata (music) and Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation, Leh (Literature).