The UK’s only Asian Art Triennial opens 1 October – 27 November 2011 in Manchester, showcasing current contemporary visual art from Asia. Initiated by Shisha, the UK’s international agency for contemporary South Asian crafts and visual arts, Asia Triennial Manchester 11 (ATM11) is a festival of visual culture featuring exhibitions, commissions and interventions by international and UK artists exploring the theme of Time and Generation, presenting new site-specific work alongside work not seen before in the UK, and challenging stereotypical viewpoints of contemporary Asian artistic practice.
Asia Triennial Manchester (ATM) is conceived by Shisha, , in partnership with Bury Art Gallery, Castlefield Gallery, Chinese Arts Centre, Cornerhouse, The International 3, John Rylands Library, MadLab, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University, People’s History Museum and The Whitworth Art Gallery.
The Launch of the Triennial will take place at the Rylands Library on the 29th September, featuring Indian dance.
As part of the Rylands contribution to the Triennial, Garlands were commissioned by Indian Artist N.S.Harsha. He came to the library and was inspired to make them after watching people working in the library and how they took natural breaks in their study and fiddled with items around them, looked around for inspiration or while they were thinking/ taking a break.
Harsha created the garlands based on this and wanted them to be used like a library loan system. People will be able to loan one of the 50 garlands during the festival period and wear it on their visit to the library. They will then have something to touch and use to give them inspiration or while they are working or as a distraction! We also have a make your own garland family friendly afternoon in October half term.